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Note that presentations are ordered with the most recent at the top of this page.


MetroGIS: Meeting Shared Geospatial Needs

Presenter: Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator

MetroGIS Policy Board

Date: January 27, 2010
Location: Metro Counties Government Center, 2099 University Ave., St. Paul, Mn  
Abstract: Topics: Why Collaborate?, Core Functions, Regional Solutions Implemented Thus Far, Major Accomplishments in 2009, Impediments Encountered in 2009, Remedial Actions, Continuing Challenges.


Meeting Shared Geospatial Needs: The MetroGIS Experience

Presenter: Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator

Iowa Geographic Information Council State Conference- Keynote

Date: April 21, 2009
Location: Waterloo, Iowa
Abstract: Topics: MetroGIS: Meeting Shared Geospatial Needs (The Who, What, When, Why, and How ), What is a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)?, Benefits of Collaborative Solutions To Shared Geospatial Needs, Strategic Keys to MetroGIS’s Success, and Challenges - 2009 and beyond.

Title: MetroGIS - Meeting Shared Geospatial Needs: Functions, Structure, Achievements and Benefits
Presenter: Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Audience: Capital Region Board  -  Alberta, Canada
Date: August 19, 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada – Presentation via Teleconference
Abstract: Topics: What is MetroGIS?, Why Does It Exist and How Created?, What are MetroGIS’s Core Functions?,  Benefits: What and Who, Lessons Learned, and  Challenges Ahead

Title: MetroGIS Geospatial Data Collaborative: Functions, Achievements and Benefits
Presenter: Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Audience: Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Regional GIS Workshop
Date: April 6, 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Topics: Why MetroGIS Established & Vision, Guiding Principles & Core Functions, Primary Sponsor and Funding, Relationship to NSDI and MSDI, Results, Lessons Learned & Benefits, and Challenges ahead. - 2009 and beyond.

Title: MetroGIS Geospatial Data Collaborative: Overview of Functions and Benefits
Presenter: Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Audience: MetroGIS Policy Board and guests
Date: July 30, 2003
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Abstract: The Policy Board, at its April 30th meeting, asked staff to prepare a short presentation to summarize MetroGIS's core functions and its underlying philosophies, in order to help them fully grasp the importance of the projects/activities currently in progress. Topics covered include: reasons why MetroGIS came into existence; the vision statement, which has been in effect and unchanged since February 1996; guiding principles; stakeholder community; organizational structure; priority functions / services; results and benefits; budget and resources. Several informational documents are attached at the end of the presentation: a one-page summary of MetroGIS's objectives; roles and responsibilities balance sheet; listing of endorsed regional datasets; listing of endorsed standards/best practices; one-page summary of MetroGIS DataFinder's features.

Title: Lessons from Practice: Organizational Aspects of Data Sharing
Presenters: Randall Johnson, AICP, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Zorica Nedovic-Budic, Ph.D, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Audience: URISA National Conference
Date: October 26-30, 2002
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Abstract: Data sharing, area integration, and collaboration to achieve these objectives have been recognized by the geodata community for some time as topics of great interest. Data sharing does not happen unless it is underpinned by a common business need. Further, collaboration to achieve sustained data sharing does not happen unless champions engage to provide leadership via a trusted forum to work through differences in policy and procedures. When organizations in the geodata community reach this understanding, many begin to search out models to avoid "reinventing the wheel." These organizations were the target audience for a September 2001 publication entitled Lessons From Practice: A Guidebook to Organizing and Sustaining Geodata Collaboratives, a collaborative effort of the presenters. The presenters will summarize six common characteristics fundamental to the success of the geodata collaboratives identified in the "Lessons from Practice" guide, share their varied experience with successful geodata collaboration initiatives, and offer practical organizational tips for successfully sustaining data sharing.

Title: Collaborative Web-Enabled Data Distribution - The MetroGIS Experience
Presenters: Mark Kotz, GIS Database Administrator, Metropolitan Council
Alison Slaats, GIS Web Applications Developer, Metropolitan Council
Audience: URISA National Conference
Date: October 26-30, 2002
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Abstract: MetroGIS is a geospatial data sharing collaborative representing over 250 local units of government and other organizations in the seven county Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area. DataFinder (, the MetroGIS data sharing web site, provides access to more than 100 metadata records using either the GIS data catalog or the search engine that queries the MetroGIS DataFinder node of the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse. Many data sets are freely downloadable. The site also features several ESRI ArcIMS map services, with web clients to view data right within the web site. During 2002, MetroGIS is working on enhancing the data distribution capabilities of DataFinder, with three goals: 1. Provide a more robust method for downloading data; 2. Implement Web Mapping Service (WMS) that are Open GIS Consortium (OGC) compliant; and 3. Accomplish these tasks in a truly distributed environment.

Title: The MetroGIS Initiative: Lessons from a Successful Geospatial Data Collaborative
Presentation  Paper
Authors: Dr. David Arbeit, Director, MN Land Management Information Center
Randall Johnson, AICP, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Presenter: Dr. Francis Harvey, Professor of Geography, University of Minnesota
Audience: Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Conference
Date: September 16-19, 2002
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Abstract: Each year, a growing number of organizations discover the value of Geographic Information Systems and related technologies. Effectively and efficiently achieving the benefits of GIS, however, depend upon the availability of reliable and affordable geospatial data. MetroGIS was launched in 1995 to promote collaborative data development, integration and sharing within the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota, USA. Seven years later, it made considerable progress towards achieving its collaboration vision. This paper presents an overview of MetroGIS's objectives, its organizational structure, its operating characteristics and the benefits achieved. Finally, it offers insights relevant to similar collaborative ventures elsewhere hoping to participate in a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Title: Overview of County GIS Programs: Presentations to MetroGIS Policy Board
Presenter: Varies by county (see below)
Audience: MetroGIS Policy Board
Date: April 10, 2002
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Abstract: Each county was asked to give a brief overview of their GIS program. Click on a county name to view their presentation:
Anoka  Carver  Dakota  Hennepin   Ramsey  Scott  Washington

Title: Spatial Data Infrastructure in Minnesota: Institutional Mission and Individual Motivation
Presenter: William J. Craig, Center for Urban & Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
Audience: International Symposium on Spatial Data Infrastructure, University of Melbourne, Australia
Date: November 19-20, 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Abstract: Minnesota has a strong spatial data infrastructure because of both institutional missions and individual motivation. MetroGIS and the Land Management Information Center (LMIC) are prime examples of institutions with missions to share data. Data producers typically have no such mandate, but the MN Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), MN Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and Dakota County are examples of places sharing data because of individuals who are motivated to do so. Interviews with nine individuals showed three basic reasons behind this motivation: idealism, enlightened self-interest, and involvement in a professional culture that expects participation and cooperation.

Title: The MetroGIS Initiative: Development, Integration and Sharing of Geographic Information Through Regional Collaboration
Presentation   Paper
Presenters: David Arbeit, Director, Minnesota Land Management Information Center
William Craig, Associate Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Gary Stevenson, Director, Dakota County Land Information and Surveying Department
Audience: URISA 2000 Conference
Date: August 21, 2000
Location: Orlando, Florida
Abstract: The presentation provides an overview of how the MetroGIS collaborative works, including how it is organized and the methods used to establish data and functional priorities. In addition, one of the stakeholders provides a view of how MetroGIS initiatives benefit his organization.

Title: The MetroGIS Initiative: A Model for GIS Collaboration
Presenter: Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County Commissioner and Chair, MetroGIS Policy Board
Audience: Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, U.S. House of Representatives
Date: June 9, 1999
Location: Washington DC
Abstract: MetroGIS was one of four organizations invited by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight to talk about collaboratives and to suggest to lawmakers how the Federal Government could help with their work.
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