Summer 2012

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Member Portal Upgrade 
2012 Spring Workshops 

New State GIO
State Govt IT Consolidation
Driftwatch Crop Registry
GLO Field Notes Online 
Altered Watercourse Project
Emergency Prep. Blog Update
PCA websites

GECCo Report
Spatial Hotdish

Make-A-Map Upgrade

New Ramsey Co Map Site 
Dakota Co Transport Plan 
State Monuments on Google Earth

National Elevation Assessment
Landsat 40th Anniversary

Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair Report

Other Places
Future Trends in GIS Mgmt



First Ever Twin Cities Mashup Competition:  The Spatial Hotdish Comes to St. Paul
By Mike Dolbow, News Editor

On Friday, May 18th, 2012, a spatial mashup competition came to the Twin Cities in the form of an event called the Spatial Hotdish. To our knowledge, this was the first such competition in the region that challenged developers and GIS professionals to team up and create new maps in interesting ways in a short amount of time. In under four hours, participants were able to create interesting products and share their work inside a fun-filled and educational afternoon of networking.

The Spatial Hotdish was conceived by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s David Fawcett in an attempt to introduce traditional GIS-types to web developers, Javascript experts, and user-interface design professionals. With help from this writer, Flat Rock Geographics’ Paul Wickman, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Steve Lime, the event drew 14 participants to Coco St. Paul to participate in a friendly competition between three teams, all attempting to create new visualizations of geographic data.

Each team was able to take a set of “secret ingredients” and create a unique “mashup”. The “Fighting Mongooses” were able to develop an interactive map of Minneapolis combining metro parcel data with Census population change information. The “Tater Tots” took on the charge of using all five of the secret ingredients in an analysis of Llamas biking to pubs, which they published to a PDF. The winning team, “Table of Contents”, created an interactive application designed to tell users if they could catch a free ride (using a Nice Ride bike) to the nearest pub within a designated time window.

By all accounts, the event was a big success in introducing new people from different “worlds”, making it well worth the organizers’ time as well as worth the event grant sponsorship from the Consortium and from Coco. 


“Table of Contents”
Liesa Miller
Sandra Paddock
Kevin Schaul
Jason Ewert
Jacqueline Brost (not shown)

The Fighting Mongooses
Scott Colestock
Alan Palazzolo
Peter Fleck
Jim Olson

Sally Wakefield
Brad Neuhauser
David Bitner
Kristina Durivage
Ashley Ignatius