Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee is no longer active since the Governor's
Council has sunsetted. It guided the development and implementation of
a strategic plan to create a
Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) to support the common needs of
Minnesota organizations that use geospatial technology to achieve their business
goals. It continued the work of the MSDI Committee, which prepared
A Foundation for Coordinated GIS: Minnesota’s Spatial Data Infrastructure,
a strategic plan for statewide GIS that was adopted by the Council in June 2004.
to Excellence "Enterprise GIS" project
Work plan FY09
FY09 Primary Goal: The Strategic Planning Committee’s primary goal for
Fiscal Year 2009 was to develop, support, and evaluate detailed governance models
for the proposed Minnesota Geographic Information Office (MGIO).
This goal directly supported the Governor’s Council FY09 priority goals
- Creating and adopting a state governance model for GIS.
- Identifying a permanent and formal replacement of the existing Council
in order to support the proposed governance models for the MGIO.
These efforts expanded upon the Committee’s primary goal for Fiscal Year 2008:
to guide strategic developments in establishing a recognized coordinating entity
for state government GIS, recognizing and including the state’s partners and
customers. The primary state agency vehicle for this effort remains the
Enterprise GIS Drive to Excellence project.
There were three primary components of the Committee’s Work Plan to support
this overall goal and the Drive To Excellence project:
This component focuses specifically on creating an organizational capacity
for coordination within state government and a framework for governance that
includes opportunities for active stakeholder involvement. This
organizational transformation effort is addressing the needs for policy
direction, prioritization of data and technology investments, standards
development, and a principal point of contact for GIS within state
government. Recommendations about organization and governance
identifying roles, responsibilities and authorities of the MGIO were made in
September 2008 and approved by the Governor’s Council. In FY09, the
Committee will expand these recommendations in further detail in order to
support the Drive to Excellence project. A critical component of the
organizational transformation will be the identification of a permanent and
formal replacement for the existing Governor’s Council and its role in the
This component concerns operational aspects of GIS within state
government, based upon a comprehensive analysis of existing uses of GIS and
its potential for enhancing state government operations and services. The
analysis, primarily provided by Applied Geographics, serves as the basis for
recommending enterprise solutions to technical aspects of GIS services for
state government. Opportunities identified include broad Geospatial
Coordination, Technical Infrastructure, and Technical Support. These
opportunities are identified in an
Community Stakeholder Input
This component involves integrating the above two efforts with outreach and
input from the statewide community of GIS stakeholders, including academia,
local governments, non-profits, private businesses, and citizens. The
Strategic Planning Committee will expand upon efforts begun in 2008 (such as
the Non-State GIS
stakeholder workshop) by using GIS-LIS Consortium conferences and
newsletters, IT Symposium presentations, and outreach to policy groups such
as the League of Minnesota Cities and Association of Minnesota Counties.
Committee activity reports and meeting
MSDI work groups
The Strategic Planning Committee accomplished most of its work through MSDI
thematic data work
groups and committees of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information.
Data Work Groups. The MSDI work groups contributed to the strategic plan for statewide GIS adopted by the Council in
A Foundation for Coordinated GIS: Minnesota’s Spatial Data Infrastructure.
They then continued their work to support further development of plan details
and their implementation.
Geospatial Architecture Committee. The Geospatial Architecture
Committee (now the Standards Committee) of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information
designed a high-level enterprise architecture for statewide GIS that built upon the
recommendations in A Foundation for Coordinated GIS. See publications
Publications and links
50 States Initiative strategic planning grant: As part of the
Federal Geographic Data Committee's 2006 Cooperative Agreements Program, the
council received a grant to further Minnesota's GIS
strategic planning efforts.
- Compass Points
Retreat, June 25, 2007. The facilitator's report from the
council's strategic plan retreat. (33 p., 309K, PDF)
A Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure,
October 2004. Adopted by the council, this is a
strategic plan for statewide GIS to help Minnesota organizations more
effectively achieve their business goals. (52 p., 863K., PDF) |
- Minnesota State GIS
Enterprise Conceptual Architecture Design, March 2005. This document
defines a high-level architecture for information technology and web-mapping
interoperability in support of the goals outlined in the state’s strategic
plan for GIS: the Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure. The structural design
proposed would promote interoperability among GIS data and application
providers, increasing efficiencies and reducing long-term costs in data
resource and software application development. (22 p., 178K., PDF) |
- The Future of GIS: Minnesota GIS 2006, 2007 and Beyond,
slides from the committee-sponsored panel discussion at the Minnesota
GIS/LIS Consortium conference, October 6, 2006.
Finder: Contribute to this effort to
gather and share information about geospatial applications resources in
Minnesota -- the intent is to identify collaboration opportunities among
public and private organizations.