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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner - Ryan Mattke
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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

Ryan Mattke
John R. Borchert Ma Library
University of Minnesota (2019)

Few people have provided the levels of leadership and impact shown by Ryan Mattke as Head of the Borchert Map Library since 2010.

His contributions include:

  • Championing the effort to make over 121,000 historical aerial photographs freely available online.
  • Leading the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal Project to document and share maps, imagery and data across 12 academic institutions in nine states.
  • Co-Directing the Mapping Prejudice Project leading to changes in Minneapolis long range planning and a new state law enabling homeowners to discharge racial covenants from their property deeds.\
  • Teaching in the University’s MGIS program.
  • Chairing the Archiving Workgroup of MN Geospatial Advisory Council.
  • Developing a history of GIS in Minnesota, for which he has already collected over 40 hours of interviews and 400 archival documents.

Ryan has been a visionary leader in our geospatial community, making important contributions that have benefitted our community and the citizens of Minnesota.


2019 Polaris Award recipient Ryan Mattke with 2018 Polaris Award
winner Stacey Stark at the Annual Conference in St. Cloud, MN.

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