Webinar about the MN Geospatial Commons offered by MnDOT September 16

Continuing its series of GIS webinars in 2015, MnDOT has invited Mike Dolbow from MnGeo to offer a session about the Minnesota Geospatial Commons at noon on September 16. Learn about the start, growth, and exciting future of the Commons. For information about joining the webinar, contact Amelia Rockwood at Amelia.Rockwood@state.mn.us.

Webinar on ArcGIS Online (AGOL) offered by MnDOT August 20

Continuing its series of GIS webinars in 2015, MnDOT is offering a new session on August 20 for current and potential users of ArcGIS Online (AGOL). In this webinar, Jesse Pearson from MN.IT @ DOT will show attendees how to create a quick web application from available resources and a story map for a public presentation. For information about joining the webinar, contact Amelia Rockwood at 

Milestones: More than 250 resources, including Minnesota Geological Survey

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.

Upcoming Training for Rural GIS Technicians August 13-14

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 conservation practices are suitable and effective.

Metadata Training Coming Soon

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.

Webinar on Data Driven Pages offered by MnDOT on June 17

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 material presented.

Webinar on ArcGIS Labeling offered by MnDOT on May 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.

The DNR Data Deli has Retired

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.

Webinar on Field Data Collection offered by MnDOT on April 21

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/activities currently underway.

Education Datasets Now Available

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.

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