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MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2006 Conference
Silent Auction
ArcGIS 9 Workshop
Scholarship Committee
2007 Conference in Rochester
Call for Polaris/Lifetime Nominations

DNR's WMA Finder
MnDOT Interactive Basemap
Red River DEM Project

Governor's Council
Call for Governor's Commendation
Call for FY07 Council Members
Parcel Study

Forum on GIS Future
GeoWeb Broadcast
2005 Twin Cities Air Photos
MetroGIS Annual Report

One Call Service
Is Pictometry GIS?
Ortho Use in Western MN
Ortho Use in Southern MN
Emergency Management Training

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update
Airborne Remote Sensing

NRCS Soils Update
NASA Earth Observatory

K-12 Education
Firewise Education

MN Dads at Home
MetroGIS Non-Profit Appts.

Virtual Deer Camp

Other Places
GIS in English Middle School
Gas Prices Mapped
$1000 laptop
Get Rid of Techno Junk


GIS Technology Possibilities Forum
By Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator

MetroGIS is co-sponsoring an exciting, day-long forum on Thursday, June 1, 2006, entitled Imagining Possibilities: The Next Frontier For Geographic Information. The forum will be held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

Mark your calendars and register as soon as possible, as space is limited and expected to reach capacity before the forum.

Want to have a glimpse of the future for GIS? Four nationally and internationally known individuals have agreed to share their visions for probable new capabilities within the next five years.

  • Mark Reichardt: President of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Future
  • Clint Brown: Director of Software Products for ESRI
  • Ian Masser, Past President of EUROGI and GSDI

Three one-hour question-and-answer sessions, led by the keynote speakers, are also planned to provide attendees an opportunity to delve into the big ideas/possibilities presented in the keynote addresses. A program overview and short bio on each of the keynote speakers are provided in the forum brochure that can be viewed at

The fee is $65 to attend for the entire day and $40 to attend only the morning session. The morning session is designed to be of interest to policy makers and senior management in addition to those responsible for using and managing geospatial technology. Attendance is limited to 250 individuals. Registration is also on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to guarantee a seat. To register go to:

Sponsored by:
Mn GIS/LIS Consortium
Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information
Minnesota Chapter of GITA (Geospatial Information and Technology Association)
Metropolitan Council
Minnesota Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis
University of Minnesota

For further information, contact Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator, at or 651-602-1638.


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