New Wetlands Data for Southern Minnesota

Post date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:56

A second region of updated National Wetland Inventory (NWI) data, covering 36 counties in southern Minnesota, is now available through the Minnesota Geospatial Commons. NWI data are used at all levels of government and by private industry and non-profit organizations for wetland regulation and management, land use and conservation planning, environmental impact assessment, and natural resource inventories.

The project to update Minnesota’s 1980s NWI data is being conducted in... more

The DNR Data Deli has Retired

Post date: Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:35

The Minnesota Geospatial Commons is the new home to the data that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had previously published in the DNR Data Deli. With this, the DNR Data Deli has retired. This is another step forward as we continue to build the Geospatial Commons into the single place to find and share Minnesota geospatial data.

The DNR data that you'll find here on the Geospatial Commons is linked directly into the DNR's internal data publishing system and is... more

Webinar on Field Data Collection offered by MnDOT on April 21

Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:48

MnDOT GIS experts are providing free webinars on GIS concepts throughout 2015. On Tuesday April 21, the team will present a webinar focusing on field data collection techniques. The presenters have expertise in this area since many MnDOT offfices and departments use GPS technology to collect spatial information. This webinar will provide users an overview of the different types of software, equipment and uses of GPS collected data, along with providing statewide examples of projects/... more

Education Datasets Now Available

Post date: Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:19

Three key datasets from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), which are updated each school year, are now available from the Minnesota Geospatial Commons:  school district boundaries, school attendance area boundaries, and school program locations. MDE’s GIS data plays an important role in the background of applications like the Minnesota Report Card, which provides easy access to understandable statewide, district and school data.

Milestones: More than 150 resources, and DOT roads

Post date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:13

Those of you who have been following the Geospatial Commons know that we are currently in a migration phase, meaning our current focus is on adding resources to the site: data sets, services, applications, and maps. During the week of December 8, we topped 150 resource records as part of this migration. Over half of those resources are from the DNR, so we expect... more

Webinar recording about Minnesota LiDAR hosted by MN.IT's Tim Loesch

Post date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:16

Some of the most robust data we have posted here on the MN Geospatial Commons is our high-resolution elevation data in LiDAR format. A quick way to find those resources on the Commons is to use the "Elevation" tag in your search to obtain results like this (notice how "?groups=elevation" is in... more

Statewide leaf-off imagery project nears completion

Post date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:14

A statewide project to collect digital aerialimagery, in four bands (red, green, blue and color infrared) at a level of detail neverbefore achieved in Minnesota is rapidly reaching completion.  For more information see:

Thanks for joining us at the MN GIS/LIS Consortium Conference

Post date: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:41

Collaborators on the Geospatial Commons were at the GIS/LIS Annual Conference and Workshops from October 1-3. Attendees were able to find us and hear more about the Commons in the following ways:

  • "State of the State" address from Dan Ross, Minnesota Chief Geospatial Information Officer (CGIO)
  • "Minnesota Geospatial Commons" workshop from Hal Watson
  • Session titled "An Introduction to the Minnesota... more

Where to find more data during migration phase

Post date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:27

We are adding data from several agencies to create The Minnesota Geospatial Commons, a collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources in Minnesota. Data from those sites are being continuously moved here during 2014 and 2015. In the meantime, if you can’t find what you are looking for, check the other sites:

Minnesota Geospatial Commons launched on July 1, 2014

Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 14:13

The inital release of the Minnesota Geospatial Commons was launched on July 1, 2014.  This first phase of the project establishes a single, stable portal for Minnesota GIS data.  Although not all data can be found on the Commons today, many more data resources are currently being added through phase two of the project.  By the end of calendar year 2014, it is expected that all of the best agency data will be available through the Commons, and individual state agency portals (e.g. the Data... more


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