Nominating a GIS Project for a Geospatial Commendation
2019 nominations are due Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
The Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council is continuing a program that the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information established in 1996 to recognize significant, exemplary geospatial activities. A Governor's Geospatial Commendation is given to a project that meets rigorous criteria. Nominations are solicited through the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium and 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, have significant positive impact on the citizens of Minnesota, and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate in partnerships that provide benefit beyond the originating organization. Projects that provide public access to geospatial 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 geospatial information, such as those that serve multiple purposes or users or have exceptional cost-benefit ratios
- Exemplary use of geospatial technology that effects positive change and/or improves the quality of life in Minnesota
- Sharing of geospatial data, expertise and technology
- Development of geospatial data as a public resource, widely available at reasonable cost
- Establishment and promotion of geospatial 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
geospatial information users
Individuals or organizations may nominate their own or any other project. Nominations should include the following information:
- The project name
- A project description, including its purpose, when it began and when it was completed, if appropriate
- Specify the goal(s) served by this project and support with examples
- The project's impact on citizens or organizations outside the home organization, both quantitatively (e.g., the number of agencies using the product or dollar savings to taxpayers) and qualitatively (e.g., testimonials from outside organizations)
- Letters of support and recommendation from stakeholders
- Name the organization(s) or individual(s) that should receive the award. For the organization, include the name of a representative.
Nominations should be sent to the council either by email:
or by regular mail: Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council, c/o Dan Ross, Chief Geospatial Information Officer, MnGeo, 658 Cedar St., Room 300, St. Paul, MN 55155
For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org