Join Us at Minnesota's GIS Conference!

Post date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 15:42

The theme of "Free and Open Data" appears in many of the sessions at this year's GIS/LIS Conference in Duluth. Attendees will find us presenting, listening, and supporting sessions on becoming a Geospatial Commons publisher, county data sharing policies, open data portals and clear licenses for open data. Many of the data resources available on the Commons are also covered in depth, including crowdsourcing development of the... more

DNR Releases Minnesota Buffer Map and Data

Post date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 14:50

As part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released an interactive map to help Minnesotans understand the buffer requirements for Minnesota’s waterways in a visual way.

The Buffer Map shows landowners and local governments where protective... more

Centerline Data from Next Generation 911 Effort Will be on the Commons

Post date: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:41

Since 2015, MnGeo and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have been collaborating to create a more modern 911 system entitled Next Generation 911 (NG911). Through the use of geospatial data, emergency personnel can more accurately pinpoint the location of emergencies allowing for quicker responses – and the potential to save more lives. Accurate geospatial data will also allow 911 calls from... more

National Agricultural Imagery Program from 2015 Available

Post date: Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 14:04

The USDA Farm Services Agency National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) acquires aerial imagery of the continental U.S. during the agricultural growing seasons. A primary goal of the NAIP program is to make digital ortho photography available to governmental agencies and the public within a year of acquisition. In coordination with the USDA, MnGeo has made the 2015 collection of... more

Learn More About the Policy Behind Free & Open Data

Post date: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:58

Did you ever wonder why the MetroGIS Regional Parcel Dataset is now completely free and open without license or fees? Are you interested in learning more about the research, deliberation and benefits of free and open data policies? If so, the MetroGIS Data Producers Work Group and Policy Board have compiled “... more

Join us at Geo:Code 2.0, March 5 and 6, 2016

Post date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 15:30

In 2015, Hennepin County hosted the first Geo:Code open data code-a-thon. The organizers are looking forward to taking the conversation about community, open data, technology and geography across the Twin Cities. This year's event will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 5 and 6, 2016, in Room 412 of Robert H. Bruininks Hall... more

Milestones: 500 resources, and Retiring DataFinder

Post date: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 14:09

DataFinder home page

On December 3, the total number of resources available on the Geospatial Commons surpassed 500 for the first time. This is due to two major publishers: the Metropolitan Council and... more

Next Generation Metadata Slides Posted

Post date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:36

If you attended the 2015 GIS/LIS Consortium Conference in Duluth, MN, you may have noticed that many folks behind the Geospatial Commons were in attendance, with lots to discuss. The Commons was highlighted in the "state of the state" address by Chief Geographic Information Officer Dan Ross; MN.IT @ MPCA's David Fawcett was presented with a ... more

Annual Refresh of National Soil Data

Post date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:42

On October 20, 2015, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service updated soil data for 2,706 soil survey areas, including many areas of Minnesota. The spatial data (soil polygons, lines and points) and tabular data (physical and chemical properties and interpretive information) are available free from NRCS's Web Soil Survey (WSS). This site is the most widely-used and authoritative website for accessing soil... more

Minnesota Metadata Editor webinar offered by MnDOT October 20

Post date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:49

Continuing its series of GIS webinars in 2015, MnDOT is offering a new session on October 20, noon-1:00, about the Minnesota Metadata Editor (MME). Jesse Pearson from MN.IT @ DOT will show attendees how to use MME to create metadata about data they want to provide to the Commons. Attendees will learn how to appropriately create metadata for data layers and how each area of the metadata is important. For information about joining the webinar, contact Amelia Rockwood at ... more

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