Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



GIS Body of Knowledge
Adapted from the AAG website

The Association of American Geographers has just published the first edition of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge ( The book is the result of over a decade of effort by many leading GIScience researchers and educators, including important early work by Duane Marble, and represents an initial effort to compile the wide range of skills and concepts that comprise the field of geographic information science and technology (GIS&T).

Organized thematically by “knowledge areas,” the GIS&T Body of Knowledge presents a broad diversity of topics, ranging from analytical methods and data modeling to GIS&T in society. It is expected that this book and its subsequent editions will become an important reference work and classroom resource for teachers, students, and GIS&T professionals alike.

The website provides the table of contents, a list of references, and a sample chapter on “Why is a GIS&T Body of Knowledge Needed?”  The chapter first reviews workforce needs in the rapidly growing geospatial information enterprise, then outlines the GIS&T education infrastructure, and concludes by describing applications of the book’s contents for curriculum planning and revision, program accreditation, evaluation and assessment, professional certification, and employee screening.

The book can be ordered online from the AAG Online Store for $20 plus $5 shipping – use the link provided on the website.

The book’s editors are David DiBiase, Michael DeMers, Ann Johnson, Karen Kemp, Ann Taylor Luck, Brandon Plewe, and Elizabeth Wentz, of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Education Committee. Additionally, an advisory board of over fifty individuals made contributions and reviewed parts of the document – the board included three members from the University of Minnesota: Will Craig, Francis Harvey and Eric Sheppard.