MnGeo and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are heading an effort to make aerial imagery more affordable and accessible in Minnesota. Although there is much imagery available in Minnesota, the state has no sustainable program in place assuring that new imagery will be collected on a regular basis in the future.
The goal of this effort is to develop a statewide aerial imagery acquisition program that can meet the needs of the widest possible group of stakeholders.
Your response to this 10-15 minute survey will help us identify the most popular and suitable imagery and acquisition characteristics. Do you most need natural color or color-infrared imagery? Leaf-off or leaf-on? What resolution? Let us know!
Preliminary results will be presented at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference on October 5, 2012 and a full summary of survey results will be provided later this year, linked from the survey webpage below.
Thank you for your time!
Take the survey by September 28, 2012
MCGISA Officer Meeting Minutes
4/13/2012 @ 10:00 a.m.
1901 Hwy 25 N
Buffalo, MN 55313
President - Mike Pooler, Wright County
Vice President – Doug Hansen, Crow Wing County
Treasurer – Brian Armstrong, Ottertail County
Secretary – Ryan Wendt, Lyon County
2nd Past President - Gloria Stevenson, Todd County
1St Past President Mark Sloan, Clay County
1. Treasurer's report
In 2011 we had 10 paid memberships. So far in 2012 we have 5 paid memberships. Today’s balance is $2,749.12.
2. Statewide Parcel Business Plan Workshop 4/5/2012 - Update
Discussion on the topics discussed at the meeting: Liability concerns, which government entities will have access to the parcel data, etc.
Action Item: President Mike Pooler will compose a letter to Dan Ross, new MN CGIO, supporting the Parcel Integration initiative and to request that MCGISA input be considered in the process. The letter will also include some recommendations for one legal counsel at the state level, one data release agreement and some exploration regarding parcel maintenance funding.
Side discussion on NG9-1-1 GIS data needs and statewide consolidation of 9-1-1 GIS data and how MN GEO could possibly be involved in that process.
Side discussion on the LRMC (or DCDC) group that is working on parcel attribute standards to make parcel data interchangeable.
3. MCGISA SharePoint - feedback
Action item: Doug will send out the directions for accessing the site to all MCGISA Officers again and everyone will attempt to access the SharePoint site again.
We can use SharePoint for posting shared documents and links related to MCGISA.
4. Creation of MCGISA Social & Professional sites ( Facebook, LinkedIn )
Action Item: Doug will create a LinkedIn group
No interest in starting a Facebook page at this time
5. Annual Meeting 2012
Planning for a date in June which is dependent on invited guest schedules. Wednesday June 6th (P2P GIS ) and June 20th (NG9-1-1 Subcommittee) will not work. Tentative meeting time is 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lunch will be provided by the association for all attendees.
Possible Meeting Topic Ideas:
· Dan Ross, MN CGIO – MN GEO (morning)
· ESRI Presentation or Workshop – ArcGIS 10.1 Product Demo (Afternoon)
o Parcel Fabric
o Mobile Apps
· Statewide Parcel Data Integration Update
· NG9-1-1 GIS Subcommittee Update
Meeting date and location TBD
Action Item: Mike will compose a letter/invitation for the Annual MCGISA meeting
Action Item: Mike will invite Dan Ross to attend the annual meeting
Action Item: Ryan will contact Sam Klimoski about having ESRI present on ArcGIS 10.1 at the annual meeting
6. Membership 2012
Membership reminder will be included with the MCGISA President’s letter/invitation regarding the Annual MCGISA meeting in June.
Otter Tail county is requesting Field Boundaries from the F.S.A. office. We where instructed to write a letter detailing our need and use of the product. The initial indication is that the request would be denied, however we could appeal the denial.
It would seem all of Minnesota counties could benefit from this coverage, and thus benefit the state of Minnesota. The data requested may also have value for all States. It is my hope we can organize a ground swell effort to include other agencies, counties and even states in the request of this data set.
Here is a copy of the draft letter with my thoughts on the minimum needed.as txt doc
To: East and West Farm Service Agency (FSA)
From: Otter Tail County Board or County Administrator or County Assessor
Re: F.S.A., G.I.S. generated field boundaries.
Otter Tail County, is changing the current A,B,C, assessment methodology of land to the Crop Productivity Index (CPI, N.R.C.S. Soil Survey) assessment system. C.P.I. generated values from N.R.C.S. computerized soil survey are an excepted standard and provide accuracy far above the current A.B.C. method of valuation.
Since the F.S.A. already has a process to generate and maintain field polygons shape files, it would seem redundant, inaccurate, confusing and an unnecessary expense to all parties to recreate the field boundaries as we move towards a C.P.I. tax valuation system.
To accomplish this task efficiently, accurately and with the lowest financial cost to taxpayers of Otter Tail County, Otter Tail County request a GIS, F.S.A. data set, along with any data agreement documents that would be required.
These requested polygon GIS files including a coded table that would indicate and or differentiate between different types of field polygons, agriculture, pasture, water other farm-able or non-farm-able polygons as digitized by the F.S.A. Essentially the requested polygon files would act like a cookie cutter and clip out the underlying soil MUID polygons and allow for the calculation of a C.P.I.
These files are simply an interim GIS computer file used in a process to generate a spreadsheet; the spreadsheet data would replace the existing aged data in the C.A.M.A. system.
We are not, requesting any private data associated with the G.I.S. files/ field polygons like; name, field number, operator, leased, etc. only the raw field shape and type code. We do not require any other information to calculate C.P.I.
The F.S.A. field shape files would remain an internal GIS coverage (governed by your data use agreement) and used for future land splits in the parcel land system. We have no need to display or release field boundaries to the public. The public can go to many web page and view photography, measure acreages of any land they wish. The public can also go to the Soil Data viewer and see C.P.I. of any land of interest to them.
In House creation of field (polygon) boundaries and coding, would create another level of government spending, an effort that would require months of staff time. The final product would not match your acreages, field shape, size and position (as presented/reviewed by the land agent) thus leading to inaccuracies and confusion in the assessment. Acquiring your existing data as requested would allow us to produce a working Quality Control (QC) data set (spreadsheets) in minutes not months. After the QC data set creation, the Assessor still has the daunting task of building schedules to reflect different neighborhoods, sales and conversion tables.
F.S.A. field boundaries would be stored behind the appropriate firewalls that already exist on the internal county G.I.S. geodatabase system. If a different storage medium is required, please advise us of that requirement and again any data sharing agreements or restrictions in place.
Here is the letter that will be sent from Otter Tail County.
- Foster support and awareness among public officials.
- Cultivate leadership and professional development through workshops, seminars, and meetings.
- Provide a forum to share knowledge, information and experience among the members of the Association.
- Advocate MCGISA positions to policy makers on regional, state, and federal issues.
- Support the development and implementation of standards.