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Agency report
Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure

Extent: 52p., 863K., PDF
Description: Adopted by the MN Governor’s Council on Geographic Information, this is a strategic plan to help Minnesota organizations more effectively achieve their business goals by using GIS
Date: October 20, 2004
Subject(s): Geographic information systems; Aerial photography; information technology
Publisher: Minnesota Department of Administration
Contact: Chris Cialek, 651-201-2481; Geographic Information Supervisor

A Foundation for Coordinated GIS: Minnesota’s Spatial Data Infrastructure was developed as a roadmap to help Minnesota organizations more effectively achieve their business goals by using GIS. It presents the results of a two-year process to identify solutions to common technology and data needs of organizations using geospatial technologies to serve the people of Minnesota. The envisioned MSDI framework includes policies, standards, and practices that would improve the availability of needed data, promote integration of technology, encourage collaboration among organizations, and extend access to geospatial technologies to organizations that would not otherwise benefit from them. Achieving this vision would dramatically improve the effectiveness of state, local and regional programs ranging from public safety to natural resource management while also reducing technology costs. This strategic plan describes the foundation and its importance, identifies critical shared geospatial data and technology needs and how they are being met, and recommends actions required to implement a sustainable Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure.

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