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Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004 Ramsey County GIS User Group  Who are we?  When and Why we were formed  How the.

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1 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004 Ramsey County GIS User Group  Who are we?  When and Why we were formed  How the Group Functions  Data Provided to the Group  What We have Achieved

2 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  Who are we? An alliance of 24 organizations currently using GIS within Ramsey County cities, school districts, watershed districts/management organizations, soil water conservation district, public utilities, universities, The foundation data base that we use has been created and will be maintained by Ramsey County We operate separately from the County, but rely strongly on their cooperation and support Ramsey County GIS User Group

3 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  When and why we were formed? Formed in May 1995 with a first meeting of 15 organizations Formed to enable Users to obtain better data more cheaply and more efficiently through the sharing of ideas and costs Ramsey County GIS User Group

4 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  When and why we were formed? To assist the County in its data base enhancements through: data sharing, cost-sharing and user feedback To enable GIS newcomers to get up and running more quickly and cheaply To cooperate with metropolitan and regional organizations To give organizations the ability to look beyond their own boundaries Ramsey County GIS User Group

5 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  How does the Group function?: Operates under a JPA which enables each member to be represented by the Group Operates separately from the County but we rely strongly on their support and participation Group consists of Members and Affiliates (Paying and Non-Paying) Meeting are open to all public and private individuals and organizations Meetings held regularly (monthly) Board meetings held as required by JPA and to resolve other issues as they arise Ramsey County GIS User Group

6 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004 Members  How does the Group function? - Members: Can be any local unit of government situated in Ramsey County Pay a one-time $500 membership fee Pay annual data maintenance fee based on size and type of organization (3 year commitment required) Have an equal vote at Board meetings Agree to share any permit data with County and any data derived from County base with County and other Members Ramsey County GIS User Group

7 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004 Members  How does the Group function? - Members: A Member can be represented by a private sector entity who is undertaking contracted work on behalf of that organization Private sector entity has no voting rights at Board meetings Members are covered by liability insurance through MN League of Cities Ramsey County GIS User Group

8 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  How does the Group function? – Why have fees anyway: To offset the costs of data supply and storage – Server at City of Roseville So Members can access County plotters and GIS workstations Cost-share in creation/maintenance of data Ramsey County GIS User Group

9 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  Data Provided to the Group: Pictometry (Oblique) Current 2008 Aerial photography Updated on a 3-year rotation Will be getting 2009 Color, 6” pixel resolution Ramsey County GIS User Group

10  Data Provided to the Group: Physical Features Updated on a 3-year rotation along with aerial photography Current as of are being worked on Features digitized from aerial photography Includes: Buildings larger than 80 square feet, road edges, bridges, bodies of water, water towers, above-ground tanks, railroads Ramsey County GIS User Group

11 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  Data Provided to the Group: Parcel (property) information Continuously Updated Based on changes received from Records & Revenue Coordinate Geometry (COGO) Includes boundaries, tax information, etc Automated ½ & ¼ Section Map generation Ramsey County GIS User Group

12 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  Data Provided to the Group: LiDAR Light Detection and Ranging – points with horizontal (xy) and vertical (z) data Will be used to generate 2’ contours 3-D analysis and modeling Flood modeling Tank farm berm rupture Ramsey County GIS User Group

13 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  Data Provided to the Group: Census Political Boundaries Municipal, County Commissioner Districts, Precincts and Wards, St Paul Neighborhoods and Planning Districts, etc… Street networks with address ranges Emergency Management Aerial photography outside of the county And so on…and so on….and so on… Ramsey County GIS User Group

14 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  What have we achieved? Provided Members with cheap, accurate and useful GIS base information available monthly Created a strong degree of trust between each other and with the County resulting in each of us providing better information to each other Established links to other regional and metro-wide organizations ensuring that data standards are considered Ramsey County GIS User Group

15 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004  What have we achieved? Enabled a more rapid growth in the use of GIS within the County than would otherwise have been possible if individual development had occurred Have educated many elected officials in the value of GIS technology and data Online map Ramsey County GIS User Group

16 Ramsey County Internal GIS Technical User Group Kickoff March 10, 2004 Any Questions? Chair: Mike Goodnature-Ramsey Conservation District Vice Chair: Carrie Mack – Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District Secretary: Matt Baker-City of Shoreview Treasurer: Chad Bergo – City of Maplewood Ramsey County GIS User Group


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