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GIS Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about geographic information systems.
A geographic information system is an integrated computer-based system designed to capture, store, edit, analyze, retrieve and display data and information as maps and reports. See the following sources for more information -- they are arranged in order of increasing length and complexity.
Geographic Data Clearinghouse is a first source for information about
Minnesota's GIS data and map resources.
The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium has an
page that provides information useful for K-12 teachers in their classroom
and college programs for those looking for formal training.
Many agencies and organizations are involved in developing GIS standards
for internal and external use. Official GIS standards and guidelines for the
state of Minnesota can be found at the
Minnesota Office of
Enterprise Technology. The
Governor's Council Standards Committee is involved with GIS data
standards development and coordination in Minnesota. The
Data Committee is the principal contact for national GIS standards
The following sites are good starting places to look for GIS grant opportunities:
In addition to government agencies, many private philanthropic organizations and foundations are interested in information technology and improving the functioning of government. The site below provides a starting point for locating government agencies and private organizations that are interested in these areas but which may not have specific funding programs related to GIS.
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information is a government
body focused on policy issues. The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is a non-profit
organization with an educational mission. Details of their complementary
partnership are covered in a brochure available
Technical problems? Contact: email@example.com