Milestones: More than 250 resources, including Minnesota Geological Survey

Post date: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 15:09

Earlier this year, MnGeo, a program of MN.IT Services, closed the books on the final phase of the project to build the Commons. Now that the project is finished, our task is to continue adding content, such as data, maps, applications, and services. Last week, we surpassed 250 resources. You can follow our progress with the chart shown here; we expect to see even more growth in the coming months.

One of the key publishers that... more

Upcoming Training for Rural GIS Technicians August 13-14

Post date: Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 09:09

Seats are available for an upcoming GIS training session in using the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), taking place August 13-14 in Mankato.

The ACPF is a GIS toolset for targeting conservation and water management practices at specific sites within small, rural watersheds. Along with tools that are semi-automated within ArcGIS software, users can generate detailed maps of watersheds showing where... more

Metadata Training Coming Soon

Post date: Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:00

Publishers on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons have committed to documenting their data with metadata, which helps users effectively evaluate the data they find. Since metadata authoring is not always an easy task, MnGeo has spent the last few months developing metadata training materials related to publishing on the Commons on the Minnesota Metadata Editor. We conducted a pilot metadata training workshop for MnDOT on... more

Webinar on Data Driven Pages offered by MnDOT on June 17

Post date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - 11:13

MnDOT GIS experts are providing free webinars on GIS concepts throughout 2015. On Wednesday, June 17, the team will present a webinar focusing on data driven pages using ArcGIS software. Building off of the earlier May 21 labeling webinar, this session will cover what the Data Driven Pages tool offers, the tool setup, and best practices for fast and repeatable production of PDF map sets. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a discussion related to the... more

Webinar on ArcGIS Labeling offered by MnDOT on May 21

Post date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 13:21

MnDOT GIS experts are providing free webinars on GIS concepts throughout 2015. On Thursday May 21, the team will present a webinar focusing on labeling using ArcGIS software. This webinar will focus on using the labeling toolbar, enabling Maplex, and the myriad of options for labeling complex/numerous datasets for printed or PDF map production. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and participate in a discussion related to the material presented. For information about joining... more

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


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