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As part of its mission to coordinate GIS in Minnesota, and in accordance with its responsibilities, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information has issued policy statements on a number of GIS-related initiatives. The record of earlier policy statements is incomplete.

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2007  |  2006  |  2005  |  2004  |  2003  |  2002  |  2001  |  2000  |  1995
 


2007

  • Structures Collaborative CAP grant
    Support for the Land Management Information Center's application for a Cooperative Agreements Program grant, "Minnesota Structures Collaborative -- An Initiative to Support the National Map and NSDI."  
  • Land Management Information Center budget
    Communication of LMIC's value in response to the Governor's budget cut proposal.  
  • Red River Basin Mapping Initiative
    Support for a proposed International Water Institute project to collect high-resolution elevation data for the U.S. portion of the Red River Basin.
  • 1000 Friends of Minnesota
    Recognition of this non-profit organization as an important contributor to the Council’s coordination efforts.
  • Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System
    Support for full funding of the NDGPS and planned enhancements to the system.

2006

  • State Plane Coordinates
    Request to the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to publish State Plane Coordinates in both meters and U.S. Survey feet.
  • Imagery for the Nation proposal
    The vision of this proposal, promoted by the National States Geographic Information Council, is that the United States will have a sustainable and flexible digital imagery program that meets the needs of local, state, regional, tribal and federal agencies.
  • Enterprise Strategy CAP grant
    Support for the council's application for a Cooperative Agreements Program planning grant, "Implementing an Enterprise Strategy for Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure."
  • Local Government Web Application Initiative CAP grant (OpenMNND Project)
    Support for the Community GIS Technical Committee's application for a Cooperative Agreements Program grant, "Local Government Open Source Web Application Initiative."
  • Coordination with Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Technology
    A letter to Gopal Khanna, Minnesota's Chief Information Officer, summarized the GIS community’s existing cooperative efforts and suggested further ways to coordinate efforts with the new Office of Enterprise Technology.

2005

  • Community GIS Technical Committee CAP Grant
    Support for the Community GIS Technical Committee's application for a Cooperative Agreements Program coordination grant; CGISTC was formed to promote GIS coordination in the southern Red River Basin.
  • Land Management Information Center budget
    Communication of LMIC's value in response to the Governor's budget cut proposal.

2004


2003

  • Geography and GIS component of proposed state social studies standards
    Endorsement of the current draft of Minnesota's Social Studies Standard with its emphasis on geographic education and technology, including the provision that high school geography students "use Geographic Information Systems to answer geographic questions at a variety of scales from local to global."
  • Council reauthorization
    Council members recommended that Governor Pawlenty reauthorize the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information through a new executive order so that the council may continue its work on behalf of the state of Minnesota.

2002

  • Data infrastructure to support public safety
    This white paper calls on Congress to fund state and local government to build the databases needed to support public safety and homeland security. This includes ortho-imagery, street centerlines, parcel data, significant natural features, critical infrastructure, and hazardous materials. The document was developed by the National States Geographic Information Council and Al Leidner of the New York City GIS Utility, and Minnesota was the first state to sign it.
    • White paper: Saving Lives and Saving Money; An Urgent Call to Build the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Support of Public Safety:  A declaration of interdependence (Minnesota signed September 18, 2002)
    • More information about NSGIC and the white paper
       

2001


2000

  • USGS cost-share mapping activities
    The council supported restoring full funding to USGS's Mapping Data Collection and Integration activities.

1995

  • USGS core mission
    Responding to a proposal to abolish the U.S. Geological Survey, the council supported USGS's coordination, program development, and scientific information gathering and distributing missions.

 

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