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



Fusing Collaborative Spirit and Community Synergy with Trendy GIS: 
Ramsey County launches MapRamsey viewers
By Jessica Fendos, Ramsey County

In the two years since the inception of an Enterprise GIS model, Ramsey County GIS has taken leaps and bounds in constructing the enterprise GIS infrastructure, creating services and delivering applications. Collaborating with an alliance of 19 organizations throughout the county, Ramsey Enterprise GIS staff developed a new and improved Silverlight viewer, MapRamsey, to replace and enhance a legacy Ramsey County GIS Users Group online mapping application. After two rounds of beta testing and reviews by the user group*, MapRamsey made its debut in May 2012.

MapRamsey Features
Serving as a geodata portal, MapRamsey offers the general public a wide range of proprietary as well as collaborative spatial data covering a range of data sets including cadastral, administrative, educational, and environmental themes. MapRamsey also provides a simple interface for viewing several sets of aerial imagery of the county going back as far as 1940.

A link to the County Assessors tax and property report, Pictometry imagery, and Google routing are all accessible from each tax parcel pop-up window. Through MapRamsey, users are enabled to perform search, select, draw, measure, import, and export operations in a web mapping environment. Dynamic parcel reports and mass mailing label generation are features in high demand for county offices and customers.

MapRamsey provides a geospatial common ground through which the GIS community can export MapRamsey project URLs to share with colleagues and customers.

Click here to access MapRamsey!

Advanced Viewer
Building on the momentum of MapRamsey, the user group also designed a more advanced viewer, MapRamsey Luxe, a secured site exclusively for the Ramsey GIS user group. This luxe version delivers server-intensive functionalities such as clip-and-zip of parcel data as well as import of user-specific shapefiles and csv tables to a map session on the fly to mesh with MapRamsey data. This feature is especially appreciated by the Ramsey GIS User Group alliance where collaboration is a key driver in doing GIS.

For more information about either viewer, contact Jessica Fendos, ArcGIS Server System Administrator, Ramsey County Enterprise GIS at or 651-266-3461.


* Ramsey County GIS User Group Members: Arden Hills | Falcon Heights | Gem Lake | Lauderdale | Little Canada | Maplewood | Mounds View | New Brighton | North St. Paul | North Oaks | Ramsey Conservation District | Ramsey/Washington Metro Watershed District | Mississippi Watershed Management Organization | Rice Creek Watershed District | Roseville | Roseville Schools | Shoreview | St. Paul | St. Paul Regional Water Services | Vadnais Heights | White Bear Lake | White Bear Township