The LMIC has been responsible for developing a strategic plan for the Minnesota GIS – Minnesota’s Spatial Data Infrastructure. Recent success stories include the acquisition of 2003 orthoimagery for the entire State (cooperatively funded by the state and the National Aerial Imagery Program of the Farm Services Agency) and they made data available at no cost to users. They have also implemented GIS skills as a required element of state K-12 education standard for social studies… how cool is that?
LMIC maintains the MN Geographic Data Clearinghouse – a LMIC program that serves as a “One Stop” source for geospatial data needed to power Geographic Information Systems
About the LMIC
Minnesota has been a cooperating partner with the USGS National Mapping Division and other federal agencies for many years through agreements executed by the Land Management Information Center on behalf of the state. Cooperative efforts have focused on data development (orthoimagery, hydrography, soils) and web mapping projects, such as The National Map.
Mission statement: “to promote efficient and effective use of resources by providing leadership and direction in the development, management and use of geographic information in Minnesota.” (See http://www.gis.state.mn.us/about.htm#mission)
This fine resource is a must visit for any GISuser interested in working on Minnesota land-based projects.
Grant of interest: The LMIC along with the FDGC have recently announced a grant opportunity covering plans to partner with local governments to implement active metadata development programs within their regions. See http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/RDO_Grant_RFP.doc