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Minnesota consolidates geospatial sites

Minnesota consolidates geospatial sites

In an effort to better serve citizens seeking geospatial information, Minnesota is consolidating state agency GIS information in the  Minnesota Geospatial Commons,  a collaborative site for users and publishers of geospatial data, maps, services and applications.

The site consolidates several state agency geospatial sites, including the DNR Data Deli, MetroGIS DataFinder and MnGeo GeoGateway. Before the Geospatial Commons, people seeking geospatial information were left to guess where to find the information they needed. Now they can search by keywords and tags, by agency, file format or category, such as climatology, transportation or boundaries.  Users can also follow resources and publishers to get notifications of the latest updates via email.

The robust data distribution site can be used by both traditional and non-traditional geospatial data users who need data for a project, services for an application, or other resources primarily used with GIS software. While web maps and web services can be viewed by non-GIS users, most of the resources in the Commons are in GIS formats and are intended to be used with GIS software.

 “We are excited to see this site open for business,” said Dan Ross, chief geospatial information officer, MnGeo. “Having a single point of access for Minnesota’s public geospatial information is an idea we have talked about for many years, and now it is here. This is a great site for those who have geospatial information to share, and for those who need this data.”

The site is administered by the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, a program of MN.IT Services.

Posted by GCN Staff on Mar 19, 2015 at 9:48 AM


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