Information Technology

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$420,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$225,803
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$180,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$223,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$280,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2010
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$420,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

FY19 Proposed Activities
- Design and development of the Public Water Access Operations Application – Develop desktop and mobile applications and tools to support condition assessments generate work orders and accomplishment reporting for Water Access Site operations. This will enable field staff to incorporate daily work information so that management has the tools to analyze information and measure outcomes to assess future workloads and budgets.
- Migrate trails and roads information and capture business requirements for the creation of the user interface – Migrate geospatial components of roads and trails data into the new structure and gather business requirements and work flows to develop an interface for spatial data collection mapping and attribution. This will allow field staff to actively manage road and trail data with a consistent integrated approach.
- Gather business requirements for the Parks and Trails utilities and infrastructure database – Gather the needed business requirements to provide a means for State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campground facilities to collect data on utility line placement and overall infrastructure maintained at each site. The data will enhance knowledge of utilities on site.
- Enhance existing interface for State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campground facility data - Enhance the existing data interface to enable improved user and administrative interaction. The enhancements will include functional and efficient tools to enable customized presentation and expedite editing within the application.
- Continue to leverage authoritative data from EIS for web content and reports. Collect business requirements and enhance the EIS to provide immediate access for frequently needed information and produce established annual reports.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$225,803
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

FY18 Proposed Activities
- Convert geospatial component of roads and trails data into new structure and develop an interface for spatial data collection mapping and attribution. This will allow field staff to actively manage road and trail data with a consistent integrated approach.
- Enhance existing interface for State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campground facility data to enable improved user and administrative access. The enhancements will enable customized presentation and editing within the application.
- Elicit and analyze requirements and develop desktop and mobile application tools to support condition assessments generate work orders and accomplishment reporting for Water Access Site operations. This will enable field staff to incorporate updated information management tools into daily work.
- Continue to leverage authoritative data from EIS for web content and reports. Collect business requirements and enhance the EIS to provide immediate access for frequently needed information and produce established annual reports.

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY18 Outcomes
- Develop the data migration process and the improvement of trail and road information - The improvement of trails and roads data along with the continued migration of the data into a new structure will assist in the development of an interface for data collection validation and archiving spatial and attribute information. This will allow field staff to actively manage road and trail data with a consistent integrated approach.
- Captured business requirements and work flows analysis for the Public Water Access Operations Application – Information gathering for desktop and mobile applications and tools to support condition assessments generate work orders and accomplishment reporting for Water Access Site operations. This will enable field staff to incorporate daily work information so that management has the tools to analyze information and measure outcomes to assess future workloads and budgets.
- Supported development of the Minnesota Great Outdoors Application – Provide information to support the web application to assist the public to search for parks trails and outdoor recreation opportunities near-by. Multiple agencies collaborated on the site's design and development.
- Development and collection of historical features throughout Parks and Trails – Development of the data structure and tools to collect historical features found on Parks and Trails lands. This will help staff to know where these sites of historical significance exist in the event of natural disaster site development or further historical research.
- Development and creation of a web application for the validation of water buffers – The development and creation of a water buffer application used in validating the criteria of water buffer law as it pertains to state owned lands. This will assist in pinpointing problem areas of erosion and remedial plans needed to correct the issue.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$180,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

FY17 Proposed Activities
-Complete design of geospatial component of trails data and develop an interface for spatial data collection mapping and attribution. This will allow field staff to actively manage trail data.
-Enhance existing interface for State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campground facility data including locations and pictures of campsites.
-Develop interfaces for data maintenance and reporting of State and Local Water Access Sites.
-Continue to leverage authoritative data from EIS for web content and reports.

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY17 Outcomes - Enterprise Information System
- Develop data interfaces for maintenance and reporting of State Water Access Sites – A data maintenance interface was completed for State Public Water Access Sites; DNR Parks and Trails staff have access to maintain authoritative data about the facilities present at these management units. Additional functionality was added to support the addition of new facilities and the removal/retirement of facilities that no longer exist.

- Develop authoritative content for data-driven web content and pages (ParkFinder Calendar of Events Parks’ individual pages) – DNR’s web content managers continue to integrated several components of the EIS information to feed web pages. Derived products in GIS format continue to be maintained as changes to the Parks and Trails asset inventory changes These data have also been published to the State Geospatial data portal.

- Establish a framework to operationalize authoritative data – A framework to publish data content from EIS has been created and is being expanded as more data enters the system.

- Captured over 17 000 pictures of campsites at State Parks across the state including 80% of campsites and integrated into Parks online Reservation System.

FY17 outcomes - other IT related:
- Placement of new security camera systems or the upgrade of current security systems at twenty three State Parks for increased safety and security.

- Upgraded internet connections new WIFI and office upgrades at thirty five State Parks.

- Completed the courtesy phone project in May of 2017 for the public to access reservation system and be available for safety.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$320,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program plans to achieve the following outcomes during FY16:
- Complete design and definitions for Trail data;
- Develop interfaces to data for maintenance and reporting of State Park State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campgrounds facility information;
- Develop output for data-driven web content and pages (ParkFinder Calendar of Events Parks’ individual pages);
- Establish a framework to operationalize authoritative data.

Measurable Outcome(s)

-Complete design and definitions for trail data – data tables attributes and content has been defined for DNR administered trails and were developed with subject matter experts and technical staff.

-Develop interfaces to data for maintenance and r

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$223,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program area will increase the reliability of Parks and Trails data and information utilized for planning operations on the web and on maps and for other public information. Currently in phase 3 of the project plan Build and populate repository database and beginning stages of Phase 4 Designing and Building User Interfaces.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This program achieved the following outcomes during FY15:
-Clearly defined divisional authoritative data for State Water Access Sites State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and Facilities managed by the Division of Parks and Trails;
- Designed data structure built structure and populated database for State Parks State Recreation Areas State Waysides and State Forest Campground Facilities;
- Documented procedures for migrating data;
- Documented procedures and processes for maintenance of data;
- Built data maintenance interface (State Water Access Sites).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program area will provide for increased reliability of Parks and Trails data utilized in maps on the web and for other public information. Four phases of development: 1. Inventory and Analysis; 2. Design and Data Preparation; 3. Build and populate a repository database; and 4. Enhance the repository database with user interfaces.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A systematic approach has been taken to identify and correct redundant and inconsistent data maintained and reported by the Division of Parks and Trails in preparation for managing the information in a division-wide repository of authoritative data.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2 (1)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This program area will provide for increased business processes and reporting through the use of single source authoritative data. This will create more reliable public information. Four phases of development: 1. Inventory and Analysis; 2. Design and Data Preparation; 3. Build and populate a repository database; and 4. Enhance the repository database with user interfaces. This is a multi-year program target through December of 2013.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The a process has been established with Content Authorities to confirm divisional authoritative data. The identification of the data will be ongoing.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 3 Sec. 2 (1)
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$280,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Establish a plan to manage data centrally will eliminate redundant and outdated information.

Project Overview

This program will develop a centralized, integrated approach to managing existing data systems and incorporating new information needs into the integrated enterprise information system of data.

About the Issue

MNDNR divisions of Parks and Recreation and Trails and Waterways were merged to form the Division of Parks and Trails in December, 2008. At the time, data management practices in the two former divisions were unique, but there was significant overlap in content and needs. Unique and independent data management practices resulted in duplicate datasets being developed and managed by different individuals or groups leading to a high likelihood of inconsistent and outdated information being distributed and reported by the new division of Parks and Trails.

Project Manager
First Name
Tim
Last Name
Loesch
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul, MN
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5475
Email
tim.loesch@state.mn.us