2016 nominations will be due Spring 2016, date to-be-determined.
MnGeo is continuing a program that the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information established in 1996 to recognize significant, exemplary GIS activities. A Governor's Geospatial Commendation is given to a project that meets rigorous criteria. Nominations are solicited through the MnGeo website and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium as well as by word of mouth. Awards are presented at the Consortium's annual fall conference.
For a project to receive a certificate of commendation it must demonstrate a commitment to promoting efficient and effective use of the technology; specify the number of people who have benefited from the project; and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate in partnerships that provide benefit beyond the originating organization. Projects that provide public access to GIS technology and products also receive very high marks.
The award criteria require that commended projects must have:
Yielded tangible benefits and exceptional results;
Had a significant impact outside the home organization, and;
Demonstrated at least one of the following goals:
Efficient investments in geographic information, such as those that serve multiple purposes or users or have exceptional cost-benefit ratios
Sharing of geographic data, expertise and technology
Development of geographic data as a public resource, widely available at reasonable cost
Establishment and promotion of geographic data standards and guidelines
Delivery of quality education and training programs
Use of GIS as an instrument for policy and decision-making
Fruitful discussion of issues important to Minnesota's geographic information users
Individuals or organizations may nominate their own or any other project. Nominations should include the following information:
Nominations should be sent to MnGeo either by email:
or by regular mail: Dan Ross, Chief Geospatial Information Officer, MnGeo, 658 Cedar St., Room 300, St. Paul, MN 55155
For further information, please contact Nancy Rader: firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-201-2489