Commons Upgrade Scheduled for May 28

On May 28, 2020, MNIT will upgrade the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. We anticipate no service interruption during this process. If you experience any technical issues after the upgrade, please contact the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office.

Department of Education Web Service Changes Planned for January 15, 2020

MNIT staff partnering with the Department of Education (MDE) have published three ArcGIS Server Web Mapping Services to the Esri ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform. These will replace several that are planned for retirement on January 15, 2020.

MDE encourages AGOL users, web map developers, and GIS practitioners that previously used these services to reconfigure their applications against the newly deployed services as soon as possible.

Updated, Standardized Parcel Data Available for Twin Cities

The Commons now has a version of the region's parcel data that matches the new Parcel Data Transfer Standard

Much like recently released Address Point Data, the compiled regional data is made possible by widespread collaboration among many partners. Metro area cities and counties worked swiftly to align their datasets with the new standard, and the Metropolitan Council aggregated and validated the multi-county dataset.

Commons Awarded Minnesota Governor's Geospatial Commendation

As attendees of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Fall Conference know, the Geospatial Commons was recently awarded a Governor's Geospatial Commendation. The Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC) recommends the Governor’s Office’s award, and it is only presented in years when nominated efforts meet the very high standards set by the Council. This year, the Governor’s Geospatial Commendation also recognized the John R. Borchert Map Library for its historical aerial photographs collection.

Standardized Address Point Data for the Twin Cities

A long-awaited regional milestone has arrived! A complete seven-county metro address point dataset is now available from the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. Its attributes follow the recently adopted state address point data standard.

The dataset aims to contain a point location and the official address for all occupiable units and other official addresses within each address authority's jurisdiction. Address authorities are usually cities.

DNR Publishes Wildlife Action Network Data

Minnesota's Wildlife Action Plan is a partnership-based conservation plan to ensure the long-term health and viability of Minnesota's wildlife. The plan focuses on species that are rare, declining, or vulnerable to decline.

Use Commons Data at Geo:Code 2018

For the past three years, Hennepin County has hosted the an open data code-a-thon called "Geo:Code". The event is a community-generated conference to connect residents with Hennepin County and open data. This year's event will be held on March 24 and 25, 2018, at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis. MnGeo would like to encourage attendees to make use of the resources here at the Geospatial Commons for their projects.

National Recognition for the Commons

In the past two months, the Minnesota Geospatial Commons has been honored with recognition in two national award programs. First, the Center for Digital Government included us in their Inaugural Goverment Experience Awards, under the category of "Government to Government Experience".


More Minnesota Counties Join the "Free and Open" Ranks

In our February 2016 article, we covered the policies behind "Free and Open Data" and the deep research done by the folks at MetroGIS  Since then, MetroGIS coordinator Geoff Maas has shared those policies, and the benefits of free and open data policies with local governments and citizens.


Find more data with What’s In My Neighborhood

One of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s goals is to develop and maintain high-quality, accessible data systems. The agency’s What's In My Neighborhood application has been helping deliver this data to people for nearly 15 years. Recent changes to how the MPCA stores and manages its data allow the application to deliver more than ever.