About the Minnesota Geospatial Commons

The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota. The term “geospatial resources” refers to the wide variety of data sources associated with particular geographic locations.

The Commons is intended to serve both traditional and non-traditional geospatial data consumers. These may include researchers, cartographers, web and applications developers, planners, and journalists who need data for a project, services for an application, or some other resource required for a GIS-based use. The Commons is not intended to provide “out of the box” web mapping functionality like that available through “Google Maps” or “ArcGIS Online.”

See “What is a Resource?” for more information on the types of geospatial resources available through the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. Organizations interested in publishing resources on the Commons are encouraged to read our online help, starting with the "Becoming a Publisher" page.

Brief History of the Commons

  • 2010: Commons test bed team formed and project completed
  • 2011: MnGeo launches official project to develop the Commons
  • 2012-2013: A variety of Minnesota IT Services staff form a team and develop prototypes
  • June 30, 2014: Initial public release, with a modest initial selection of GIS datasets.
  • March 18, 2015: Official launch following retirement of the DNR Data Deli
  • July 1, 2015: Commons Project closes, moving the program into operations
  • December, 2015: Retirement of MetroGIS DataFinder