Nominating a GIS Project for a Geospatial Commendation

2017 nominations are due May 31, 2017

MnGeo is continuing a program that the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information established in 1996 to recognize significant, exemplary GIS activities. A Governor's Geospatial Commendation is given to a project that meets rigorous criteria. Nominations are solicited through the MnGeo website and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium as well as 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; specify the number of people who have benefited from the project; and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate in partnerships that provide benefit beyond the originating organization. Projects that provide public access to GIS technology and products also receive very high marks.

The award criteria require that commended projects must have:

  1. Yielded tangible benefits and exceptional results;

  2. Had a significant impact outside the home organization, and;

  3. Demonstrated at least one of the following goals:

  • Efficient investments in geographic information, such as those that serve multiple purposes or users or have exceptional cost-benefit ratios

  • Sharing of geographic data, expertise and technology

  • Development of geographic data as a public resource, widely available at reasonable cost

  • Establishment and promotion of geographic 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 geographic 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
  • Which one of the goals has been best served by this project
  • The project's impact on citizens or organizations outside the home organization. It is crucial to document this impact both quantitatively (e.g., the number of agencies using the product or dollar savings to taxpayers) and qualitatively (e.g., testimonials from outside organizations).
  • The organizations or individuals that should receive the award. This award is usually given to a single organization to recognize its exceptional work, but it may be given to more than one organization. In exceptional cases, the award may be given to one or more individuals.
  • Example of a successful nomination: This example is provided as a sample only. All nominations will be considered, although all nominations should contain letters of support and quantitative and qualitative descriptions of the project being nominated.

Nominations should be sent to MnGeo either by email:
or by regular mail:  Dan Ross, Chief Geospatial Information Officer, MnGeo, 658 Cedar St., Room 300, St. Paul, MN 55155

For further information, please contact MnGeo: