Wisconsin Geospatial News

10, 25 years ago…


From our archives we have gleaned the following highlights of what was happening in the state’s mapping history.


  • Prints from the first NAPP aerial photography project over the state became available. A coherent national program to produce orthophotos from NAPP images was gaining support.
  • The Federal Geographic Data Committee solicited comments on its first proposal for a metadata content standard.
  • WISCLAND held its initial organizing meeting to begin planning a statewide land cover mapping project.
  • The federal Bureau of Land Management opened its new repository of scanned land patents and associated database to access via modem for $2.00 per minute. [Editor’s note: the Internet wasn’t yet available to most people].
  • James Robertson joined the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey as its new director.


  • Landsat 3 was successfully launched.
  • The Wisconsin Unified Aerial Photography Program was approved by the state legislature.