Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council
Mission and Guiding Principles
Mission: Act as a coordinating body for the Minnesota geospatial community.
The council must represent a cross-section of organizations that include counties, cities, universities, business, nonprofit organizations, federal and state agencies, tribal government, and other stakeholder groups that benefit from geospatial technology.
- Promote effective investments in geospatial information
- Promote geospatial information as a shared public resource
- Support the establishment and use of geospatial standards and best practices
- Champion collaboration among geospatial practitioners and related stakeholders
- Educate and inform policymakers about the value and use of geospatial technology
- Provide a forum for ideas and issues to be shared and acted upon by the geospatial community
- Encourage all council sectors to contribute to the state geospatial infrastructure
- Encourage all council members to communicate outcomes with relevant stakeholders
- Encourage geospatial education at all levels
Examples of Coordination:
- Advising, supporting and making recommendations to MnGeo
- Creating, endorsing and advocating for standards
- Defining policy requirements and driving policy decisions
- Representing the geospatial community
- Advocating for project priorities
Authorization: Officially created as the "Statewide"
Geospatial Advisory Council, but doing business as the Minnesota Geospatial
in 2009; reauthorized in 2014 Statutes (16E.30,
Workplan and Accomplishments
Meeting Dates and Materials
Meetings are held 4 times a year and are open to the public.
- Next meetings
- March 28 and May 30, 2018
- 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Blazing Star Room, Ground Floor, Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Directions.
- Meeting materials
- Current members for
- Term of office for current appointed members: Terms expire
June 30, 2019
Appointing Authority: State Chief Information Officer
- 2 State agency representatives
- 1 Mn GIS/LIS Consortium representative
- 1 University of Minnesota representative
- 1 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities representative
- 1 MetroGIS representative
- 1 Metropolitan Council representative
- 1 Greater Minnesota regional government representative
- 1 Twin Cities metro (7-county region) county representative
- 1 Greater Minnesota county representative
- 1 Twin Cities metro (7-county region) city representative
- 1 Greater Minnesota city representative
- 1 K-12 education organization representative
- 2 Federal agency representatives
- 1 Minnesota tribal government representative
- 1 Minnesota non-profit organization representative
- 2 Minnesota business representatives
- 4 At-large representatives
In addition to the appointed members, the council includes the state chief geospatial information officer as a non-voting, ex-officio member.
- Support the Council's mission
- Prepare for and be active in Council meetings
- Be an ambassador representing your sector stakeholders and other
stakeholders with whom you are connected (e.g., professional groups)
- Speak for stakeholders at Council meetings
- Carry Council news and proposals back to stakeholders
- Collect stakeholder views on complex issues, either from individuals
or existing umbrella organizations
Committees and Workgroups
council is supplemented and supported
by committees and workgroups. Non-council members are welcome and encouraged to
participate on these groups.
- Dan Ross, Chief Geospatial Information Officer
- Mark Kotz, Geospatial Advisory Council Chair