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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner - Hal Watson
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MN GIS/LIS Polaris Leadership Award Winner

Hal Watson
MN.IT @ Department of Natural Resources (2014)

Many, many GIS users in Minnesota are using a product, service or tool that Hal was integral in developing or maintaining. The most widely known is the popular DNR Data Deli.  Hal was also instrumental in designing and building the Geospatial Data Resource Site (GDRS) technology and infrastructure which supports the Deli and is also the foundation of Minnesota’s next generation data delivery and collaboration site, the Minnesota Geospatial Commons.  Hal has thought deeply and broadly about how we can build GIS systems to benefit all geospatial data publishers and users in Minnesota and that can be collectively sustained over the long term.  Hal has also shared his expertise in numerous workshops and presentations, guiding and mentoring others in our community.  His contributions permeate all facets of GIS:  data and systems visioning, architecture, development, distribution, management, education and support. 

2014 Polaris Award recipient Hal Watson with 2013 Polaris Award winner
David Bitner at the Annual Conference in Rochester, Minnesota.

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