"Enterprise GIS" Drive to Excellence Initiative
Until 2009, 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.
David Arbeit was named Minnesota's first Chief Geospatial Information Officer on June 24, 2009 at a "Point of Beginning" public meeting to introduce MnGeo.
- Meeting invitation
- Launching Minnesota's Geospatial Information Office, David Arbeit (42 slides, 5 MB, PPT)
- MnGeo: Summary of the Drive to Excellence Functional Transformation Project, Michael Terner (16 slides, 1.2 MB, PPT)
- Program Design and
Implementation Plan (89 p., 3.2 MB, PDF)
- Appendix: All Agency Interviews (102 p., 2.6 MB, PDF)
- MGIO [MnGeo] Geospatial Advisory Body Guidelines, recommended by the Governor's Council (4 p., 38K, PDF)
- Measuring Progress of the Fifty States Initiative, September 2009. See pp. 28-30 for Minnesota case study (62 p., 573K, PDF)
- 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.
- 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
- Enterprise GIS Opportunity Assessment (10 p., 178K, PDF)
- State Agency GIS stakeholder workshop was held August 19, 2008
- Non-State GIS stakeholder workshop was held June 24, 2008
- Turnaround workshop summary (7 p., 53K, PDF)
- Web survey complete. The results were used by Applied Geographics
to prepare for the two stakeholder workshops and State agency interviews.
- Survey results (16 p., 75K, PDF). Summary of all respondents.
- 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.
- Final report: Implementing an enterprise strategy for Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure, Nov. 15, 2007. (17 p., 120K, PDF) See the next two reports listed below for the attachments referred to on p. 16.
More info on CAP program
- 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.,
- 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 Case for a Minnesota State
GIS Enterprise A non-technical introduction to the Conceptual
Architecture Design document, including an example of the benefits that such
an architecture would provide. (8 p., 67K, PDF)
- The Case for a Minnesota State GIS Enterprise A non-technical introduction to the Conceptual Architecture Design document, including an example of the benefits that such an architecture would provide. (8 p., 67K, 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.
- 50 States Initiative strategic planning grant: As part of the 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.
- Project contact
Return to Strategic Planning Committee webpage