Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Judy Winiecki, being a registered
Land Surveyor, is probably more widely known by the LIS side of our
Consortium, but many activities she pursued during her 23-year career with
the MnDNR had a very significant impact on the state's GIS history also.
Recently Judy retired from her position as Principal Land Surveyor, but
her legacy of accomplishments are well know in the agency and around the
- Judy was instrumental in the
development of the statewide Control Point Inventory (CPI), a
statewide database on section corners and other survey points. One
important aspect of the CPI work was providing copies to Minnesota
counties to help update and augment the CPI, and more importantly,
some used it as a basis to begin their parcel digitization efforts. In
DNR, the CPI was a key component in its internal effort to build its
much-improved Public Land Survey GIS layer which is now available on
the Data Deli.
- Judy chaired DNR’s GIS
Committee for a period during the early 1990’s when DNR was
beginning its efforts to organize and coordinate its GIS activities.
Judy also was a member of DNR’s GIS strategic planning committee
that set forth the plan that resulted in the integration of DNR GIS
data, system and staffing resources. In 1995 she spent seven months at
the National Center for Geographic Information at the University of
Maine, where she worked on GIS dissemination policy that helped
solidify her philosophy of free and easy access to GIS data, the theme
followed by DNR’s GIS Data Deli.
- More recently, Judy has been
instrumental in getting DNR’s historic air photos digitized and
- Judy has also pushed forward
the concept of a “parcel island” database for nearly 30,000 non-PLS
referenced DNR land parcels. Though this work is just beginning it
will add to her legacy at DNR.
For this Consortium, Judy served
on several committees, has served on the Board and in 1997 was this
- That year she spearheaded an
committee effort that led the preparation of a practical manual
describing how to measure and record the accuracy of geospatial
databases. GIS specialists in Minnesota and around the world have used
thousands of copies of that report.
- Later that same year, the
Consortium provided local sponsorship for the broadcast of a national
teleconference on implementing metadata for GIS professionals, which
guided today’s metadata effort.
For all her work promoting GIS/LIS
successes in Minnesota, the 2003 Board of Directors’ is pleased to
present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Winiecki.
Judy's Lifetime Achievement Award plaque reads: "Judy
A. Winiecki, PLS, Visionary for LIS Policy and Data Distribution; LIS
Voice at DNR & the Consortium."
For more information on this award, see