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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


"GeoWeb" of the Future Subject of Online Radio Show
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

Last year it was Google Earth. This year it's the Geospatial Web that is democratizing spatial information. Geoweb (for short) combines map data with web-like hypermedia - webpages, video objects, audio objects, etc. - that are tagged with location coordinates in addition to a URL. It allows us to learn about the environment as we move through it.

These are the words of Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Future. He is a keynote speaker at this spring's forum, Imagining Possibilities: The Next Frontier for Geographic Information Technology. You can learn more about this June 1 event and register for it at

Liebhold spoke on a radio show, On Point: A New Sense of the Web that was aired on many public radio stations January 3, 2006. You can listen to the full broadcast at

Here is how the show is described:

Just a decade after it became ubiquitous, the World Wide Web has made us blasť about information. We assume we can learn almost everything about almost anything at the touch of a PC keyboard. But the digital revolution is hardly over.

Now, the digital realm is exploding into the physical world. They call it the "geo-spatial web." Already it means online maps loaded with information about the physical world, and someday soon, that physical world itself will be tagged and teeming with data for the asking: What is that building? Where is my dog? Who is that man?

The implications are huge, exciting and scary, and the result will be a world alive with information.

Hear about the ambitions and implications of the "geospatial web."


  • Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future
  • Christopher Allen, Founding Partner, Counts Media
  • Peter Morville, author of "Ambient Findability"


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