Commons Awarded Minnesota Governor's Geospatial Commendation

Post date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 13:58

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... more

Planned System Maintenance November 13, 2018

Post date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 12:30

We will be performing planned system maintenance on the Geospatial Commons on Tuesday, November 13, from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. During this time, all Geospatial Commons web pages and FTP sites will be unavailable and nightly publishing processes are likely to be delayed until Tuesday evening.

This maintenance is being done to help ensure our operating systems are patched and secure. In order to reduce overall downtime, we will strive to perform maintenance during non-peak hours every... more

Standardized Address Point Data for the Twin Cities

Post date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 17:17

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.

The compiled regional data is made... more

DNR Publishes Wildlife Action Network Data

Post date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 08:18

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.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) developed a prioritized Wildlife Action Network as part of the 2015-2025 action plan. The network includes mapped terrestrial and aquatic habitats along with buffers and connectors that represent... more

Use Commons Data at Geo:Code 2018

Post date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 14:51

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. To register for the... more

National Recognition for the Commons

Post date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 17:28

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". This award recognizes "the... more

More Minnesota Counties Join the "Free and Open" Ranks

Post date: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 09:20

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.

As a result, we are pleased to onboard three new counties that have adopted free and open data either by practice or official county policy. ... more

Find more data with What’s In My Neighborhood

Post date: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:30

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.

Launched in 2003, the original application only provided users with... more

Milestones: Over 600 Resources and Growing

Post date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:57

Resource-by-resource, the amount and variety of geospatial information available via the Commons is growing! Not only are established publishers continuing to add resources, but nine new publishers have joined the effort this past year. We'd like to extend a big welcome to:

  • Legislative GIS Office
  • Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Minnesota Board of Animal Health
  • Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • Itasca County
  • Ramsey County... more

New Land Cover Data and Twin Cities 2016 Imagery Added

Post date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 15:48

A sample of land cover data from the Twin Cities metro

In honor of Geography Awareness Week, we'd like to announce the availability of several long-awaited datasets.

Land Cover and Impervious Surface Data

Researchers at the University of Minnesota... more

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