Fall 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2007 Conference
Silent Auction
From the Chair
Polaris Awards
Student Scholarship Competition
Our 50th Issue

LMIC Budget Restored
Parcel Inventory Updated
Monument Coordinates in Feet

Governor's Council
New Members
Annual Report
Regional Collaboration Panel

Met Council Map Site
MetroGIS Address Dataset

New Funding for Land Data
GeoMoose Web Mapping
Hennepin Co. Mobile Assessor Tool
Remote Aircraft Photography
Clay Co. Addresses

USGS Maps in GeoPDF
Free Landsat Images
TerraLook Free Imagery
NOAA Satellites
USGS Resources for Teachers

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
Geography, History Online

ESRI Map Help

Google Earth Pro Grants

Other Places
Bring Back Geography!
New Parcel Study
MAPPS Loses Lawsuit


USGS Makes Topographic Maps Available Using GeoPDF

From USGS press release


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is using TerraGo Technologies’ GeoPDF format to make its primary base series quadrangle maps available online. The USGS GeoPDF maps can be accessed through the USGS Store at


The initial project, started by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, involved converting more than 60,000 USGS Digital Raster Graphics to GeoPDF files. These maps represent USGS primary base series quadrangles used by businesses and consumers for all kinds of applications from engineering to land use management and recreation such as hiking, hunting and camping.


The GeoPDF maps can be accessed online and printed or downloaded. Once maps are downloaded, users can view, manipulate and update maps via Adobe Reader with or without an Internet connection or access to geographic information systems.


GeoPDF is the only geospatial data distribution and collaboration format that leverages the Adobe portable document format (PDF), giving users powerful mapping functionality and capabilities via an application already installed on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide.


Leveraging a standard format already widely available made the GeoPDF format a logical choice for the USGS project. “Our organization manages vast stores of geospatial assets that all kinds of citizens want and need to access for business and pleasure. It’s our job to make that access as open, simple and cost effective as possible,” says John Davis, chief of the USGS Science Information Delivery section in Denver.


“GeoPDF is a great example of the power, flexibility, and portability of the PDF format,” said Kevin M. Lynch, Adobe vice president of product marketing. “Since GeoPDF-enabled documents can be accessed by anyone with the free Adobe Reader, the geospatial community now has a way to quickly and easily communicate and collaborate across different systems and platforms.”


As for TerraGo Technologies, they believe the USGS project again proves the efficacy of their technology that makes geospatial data available to everyone. “This kind of application perfectly reflects the vision we’ve had for the GeoPDF format all along,” says James Davis, TerraGo Technologies president and CEO. “It’s wonderful to see the solution being used to open up complex geospatial data warehouses to everyone who can benefit from those valuable assets.”