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Documents > Major Reports

Title: Regional Address Point Repository Synchronization Pilot Report
Author: Compiled by Peter Henschel – Carver County GIS Supervisor
Nicole Roepke – Carver County Database Administrator
Date: December 10, 2008
Abstract: Many counties and cities maintain or are in the process of building address point databases either incorporated within GIS or linked to GIS.  In order to share address point information regionally in a consistent and universal manner, an XML schema was developed to represent the storage of address data within the Regional Address Point Repository.  The XML Schema includes all of the National Street Address Standard fields.  A synchronization process was developed to collect address point change sets, converted to an XML file that fits the XML Schema, posted to an FTP location at the Regional Address Point Repository.  A service on the Regional Address Point Repository server will scan the FTP location for files, import them to an internal archive location, validate each file against the schema, and finally import the address information into the Regional Address Point Repository Database.  Email confirmations can be configured to be sent to those that want confirmation that their data was processed.  Additional emails will be sent when data fails validation.

Title: Geocoder Web Service Final Report
Author: Compiled by Nancy Read, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District
Date: November 26, 2008
Abstract: This MetroGIS-sponsored project developed a web service running on our endorsed Parcels and Streets data to provide address and intersection look-up for the Metro area. See the Geocoder page for the latest information and more detail.

Title: First Generation Geoservices Finder Project Report
Author: Fred Logman and Christopher Cialek, Land Management Information Center, Minnesota Department of Administration
Date: December 27, 2007
Abstract: The purpose of this project was to design, develop and implement a first-generation GIS services directory and brokering function as described in the 2005 GCGI Minnesota State GIS Enterprise Conceptual Architecture Design model.  This effort was guided by objectives embedded in the MetroGIS ApplicationFinder concept, and endorsed for further investigation (Agenda Item 5g) by the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee in December 2004.  The project was funded in part as a MetroGIS Regional GIS Project.

Title: MetroGIS 2008-2011 Business Plan
Author: Compiled by Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator
Date: October 17, 2007
Abstract: The MetroGIS Policy Board adopted a new business plan on October 17, 2007. The new plan was designed based upon direction received from persons attending the February 8, 2007 Strategic Directions Workshop, utilizing strategic concept mapping techniques. Following the workshop, a Business Plan Oversight Workgroup was created to refine the ideas presented and design a draft business plan for Policy Board approval.

Title: "Beyond Government Users: Future Directions for MetroGIS"
Author: Compiled by Randall Johnson, MetroGIS Staff Coordinator; Steve Fester, MetroGIS Staff Support
Date: December 23, 2005
Abstract: MetroGIS hosted a forum on November 15, 2005, entitled “Beyond Government Users: Future Directions for MetroGIS”, which is summarized in this report. The purpose of the forum was to identify viable opportunities for leveraging resources of both government and non-government interests that use geospatial technology to support their day-to-day business functions. The results are expected to play a substantive role in discussions planned to set direction for MetroGIS for 2006 and beyond.

Title: Server Architecture Models for the National Spatial Data Infrastructures (NSDI)
Author: Brandon Fisher, Editor: Carl Reed (Open Geospatial Consortium)
Date: April 2005
Abstract: The report dentifies the server architecture of MetroGIS DataFinder as a local/regional government model of data sharing and distribution for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). It analyzes the current, disparate server architecture associated with the NSDI and the Geospatial One Stop (GOS) Portal. Also, it addresses the issues associated with varying architectures as communities develop and enhance their systems architecture to support local needs and broader NSDI objectives. Three large scale models – centralized, distributed, combination – are explained. In addition, they categorized MetroGIS’s data discovery/distribution architecture as “centralized localregional”.

The GOS Portal is a common facility for publishing, discovering and potentially accessing information across federal, state and local governments in the United States that have a requirement for geospatial data and services. The vision of the GOS Portal is to enable users to discover, view and obtain desired data for a particular part of the country, without needing to know the details of how the data are stored and maintained by independent organizations. The portal is able to access information and services from a variety of providers distributed across the network, such as MetroGIS.

Title: MetroGIS 2003-2005 Business Plan
Date: October 2002

Title: MetroGIS DataFinder Cafe White Paper
Author: Alison Slaats, Manager, MetroGIS DataFinder, Metropolitan Council; and Mark Kotz, GIS Database Manager, Metropolitan Council
Date: August 2002
Abstract: A primary goal of MetroGIS is the efficient and effective distribution of GIS data via the Internet. This paper discusses the context and process for development of a distribution mechanism, the DataFinder Café, which meets the needs of the MetroGIS community. First, the MetroGIS organization and the existing DataFinder web site are described, followed by a description of the Café application. Next, an evaluation of the Café is provided along with future plans for the system. Finally, the costs and a few of the lessons learned during this project are shared.
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