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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


Best Practices in Seven States' Parcel Programs
By Will Craig, University of Minnesota

Seven states that support local parcel mapping are highlighted in a new report from the FGDC Cadastral Data Subcommittee. The seven states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The study looked at these successful programs to understand what made them successful. The results may have implications for Minnesota and for the Governor's Council Land Records Modernization Committee efforts.

Early programs, like Wisconsin's, were focused on building land information systems that included all layers. The programs started since the late 1990s were specifically meant to meet the needs of the local assessor. This shift appears to follow improvements in the technology that have made parcel conversion effective within existing budgets.

This narrowing of focus allows a single state department to assume a leadership position for getting state funding focused on this business need. Since that department already is responsible for coordinating local assessor activities, it is easier to establish standards and training programs for all counties. This holds down costs while ensuring data compatibility across county boundaries. For smaller counties, work can be outsourced and made available to county officials over the web.

The full report, An Assessment of Best Practices in Seven State Parcel Management Programs, is available at


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