Information Technology

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
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2017 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language 
$17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 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.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$180,000
Project Details:
2016 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language 
$17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 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.
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 reporting of State Park, State Recreation Areas, State Waysides, and State Forest Campgrounds facility information – A data maintenance interface was completed for State Park, State Recreation Areas, State Waysides and State Forest Campgrounds and DNR Parks and Trails staff have access to maintain authoritative data about the facilities present at each of these management units.

- Develop output for data-driven web content and pages (ParkFinder, Calendar of Events, Parks’ individual pages) – DNR’s web content managers have integrated several components of the Enterprise Information System (EIS) information to feed web pages including Park Name, phone numbers, directions etc. In addition, derived products in GIS format have been created from EIS content and are feeding Parks and Trails web applications such as the Park Finder, State Water Access Sites, Campsites and Lodging Units. 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 upon as more data enters into the system.
Project Details:
2015 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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.
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).
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(1)
Appropriation Language 
$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 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.
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.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
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)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$210,000
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
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)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 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
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$210,000
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (1)
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.
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (1)
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

Tim
Loesch
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5475