Milestones: Over 600 Resources and Growing

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:

New Land Cover Data and Twin Cities 2016 Imagery Added

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

DNR Releases Minnesota Buffer Map and Data

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.

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

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.

National Agricultural Imagery Program from 2015 Available

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.

Learn More About the Policy Behind Free & Open Data

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?

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

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.

Milestones: 500 resources, and Retiring DataFinder

DataFinder home page

Next Generation Metadata Slides Posted

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.

Annual Refresh of National Soil Data

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 information used to make important land use decisions.