"Enterprise GIS" Drive to Excellence Initiative
there had been no state agency assigned the responsibility for coordinating GIS
across state government. This project focused on implementing an enterprise GIS
organizational and governance framework. Anticipated benefits included improved
state GIS coordination and accountability, opportunities for consolidated
data, software and equipment investments, standardization and more.
Drive to Excellence was a state-government reform initiative that focused on
serving citizens better. The Drive to Excellence Sub-Cabinet provided leadership
and guidance to all projects; the Enterprise GIS project steering committee and
working groups included members of the Governor's Council on
Geographic Information Strategic Planning Committee.
The Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) was created May 18, 2009. See an
extract from the legislation,
which included MnGeo language in several places. The transition from the Land Management Information Center to MnGeo took place over several months.
State Government and Statewide advisory councils formed
David Arbeit was named Minnesota's first Chief Geospatial
Information Officer on June 24, 2009 at a
"Point of Beginning" public meeting to introduce
- Handout describing the
proposed Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (2 p., 181K, PDF)
- Project charter, January 8, 2008
A concise overview of the project's context; potential benefits;
deliverables; steering team organization and roles and responsibilities.
- GIS/LIS News articles
- Drive to Excellence website
- Comprehensive analysis process (functional analysis)
Applied Geographics, a firm that has successfully worked
on similar projects across the nation, will work with us to identify State
agencies' GIS needs and capabilities and to recommend strategies for
improved efficiencies, effectiveness, responsiveness and reliability.
- Final Report
- Final Opportunity Assessment report
- State Agency GIS stakeholder workshop was held August 19,
David Arbeit and Michael Terner (52 slides, 1.2 MB, PDF). Includes initial findings from state
agency interviews and an initial outline of the opportunity assessment.
workshop summary (23 p., 2.3MB, PDF)
- Non-State GIS stakeholder workshop was held June 24, 2008
- Web survey complete. The results were used by Applied Geographics
to prepare for the two stakeholder workshops and State agency interviews.
- Kick-off meeting was held May 13, 2008
- Background information
- 50 States Initiative strategic planning grant: As part
Federal Geographic Data Committee's 2006 Cooperative Agreements Program, the
MN Governor's Council on Geographic Information received a grant to further Minnesota's GIS
strategic planning efforts.
- Compass Points
Retreat, June 25, 2007. The facilitator's report from the
Governor's Council strategic plan retreat. (33 p., 309K, PDF)
A Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure,
October 2004. A
strategic plan for statewide GIS to help Minnesota organizations more
effectively achieve their business goals. (52 p., 863K., PDF) |
- Minnesota State GIS
Enterprise Conceptual Architecture Design, March 2005. This document
defines a high-level architecture for information technology and web-mapping
interoperability in support of the goals outlined in the state’s strategic
plan for GIS: the Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure. The structural design
proposed would promote interoperability among GIS data and application
providers, increasing efficiencies and reducing long-term costs in data
resource and software application development. (22 p., 178K., PDF) |
- The Future of GIS: Minnesota GIS 2006, 2007 and Beyond,
slides from the committee-sponsored panel discussion at the Minnesota
GIS/LIS Consortium conference, October 6, 2006.
Finder: An effort to
gather and share information about geospatial applications resources in
Minnesota -- the intent is to identify collaboration opportunities among
public and private organizations.
Governance of Geospatial Resources: "Where's the Data? Show Me" --
Maximizing the Investment in State Geospatial Resources:
July 2008 report from NASCIO, the National Association of State Chief
Information Officers. Minnesota's Drive to Excellence project is
described on pages 9-11 (23 p., 1 MB, PDF)
- Project contacts
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