Summer 2009

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Scholarship Winners
Lifetime/Polaris Nominations

Drive to Excellence Update
Emerald Ash Borer Tracking
New Catchment Boundaries
M3D Update
MN Broadband Maps

Governor's Council
CTU/USNG Standards
Red River Flood GIS
RNC Presentation
Commendation Nominations

Natural Resources Atlas

Red River Flood - Moorhead
Ag Emergency Plan - Steele Co.
Crime Maps & GeoMoose
Laurentian Collaborative
Ramsey Co GIS Group


Higher Education
GISSO Job Fair
Reclaim Lost Land

Other Places
ND GIS Conference
Sticky/Magnetic States



Ramsey County GIS User Group: 14 years of successful collaboration
By: Michael Goodnature, Conservation Specialist, Ramsey Conservation District
In the early 1990s, several cities within Ramsey County, Minnesota, started utilizing GIS information to benefit their communities. At the time, GIS data was mainly acquired from Ramsey County and everyone was subject to the county’s fee structure for obtaining this data. It was determined that a more cost effective and efficient approach was needed for sharing GIS information across all jurisdictional boundaries.
In May 1995, the Ramsey County GIS Users’ Group (RCGISUG) was formed. All RCGISUG members pay dues that are used to acquire a wide range of shared GIS data, products and services. Throughout the years, the RCGISUG has continued to grow. It now incorporates refined User Agreements, a Ramsey County Data User Handbook, and Strategic Planning goals. Committees are formed as needed to support several of these elements and to discuss certain goals in greater detail.  
After 14 years, the user group’s membership is still growing, recently adding two watershed management organizations. Currently, the RCGISUG consists of 24 members, including municipalities, public utilities, environmental organizations, and educational entities. RCGISUG meetings are usually held the first Thursday of every month and attendees include members, consulting agencies, GIS students, and Ramsey County GIS representatives. Meetings usually include a GIS based feature presentation, discussion of GIS data upgrades and changes, community announcement information, and suggestions for future topics.
Recent projects have included:
  • Expanding efforts in GIS data sharing through an Enterprise GIS system
  • The use of Pictometry imagery to aid in GIS workflow (see sample graphic showing the Minnesota State Capitol building)
  • Newly flown 2009 planimetric data and aerial imagery
  • Enhancements to the RCGISUG online mapping site
For meeting agendas, minutes, news, and more information on the Ramsey County GIS User Group please visit: