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Common Information Needs

Parcel Boundaries

Overview of MetroGIS's Parcel Boundaries Information Need top of page

The information need Parcel Boundaries was identified as one of thirteen original priority business information needs of the MetroGIS community. Click here to view the Business Object Framing Model Fragment for this information need. Click here for further information about MetroGIS's Business Information Needs initiative.

Work on this common business information need began with the MetroGIS Parcel Boundaries Peer Review Forum held on November 5, 1998. The purpose of this forum was to obtain agreement of the MetroGIS community on data elements needed to address each of the information needs statements previously consolidated into the Parcels Boundaries Business Object Framing Model fragment and to fill in gaps in the framing model where incomplete. The participants, which were representative of the broad MetroGIS community, concluded that parcel boundary and associated attribute data produced by each of the seven Metro Area counties were sufficient to address MetroGIS's Parcel Boundaries Information Need. Next steps to begin work on a regional parcel dataset were also identified in the form of a high-level strategy. The forum participants, processes, and findings are documented in the Forum Summary (Turnaround Document). Click on "Parcels" in the next section for a detailed explanation of the activities and policy actions involved in developing MetroGIS's regional parcel data solution, as well as the data specifications, custodial roles and assignments, and efforts to monitor user satisfaction.

Dataset(s) that meet the Parcel Boundaries Information Need top of page

Background on MetroGIS's "Information Needs" Concept top of page

A central part of MetroGIS's work is to identify common information needs of GIS users in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area and facilitate the policy and data specifications needed to address each of these common information needs.

An investigation to understand these common needs was conducted by MetroGIS from September 1996 to March 1997. The result of this study was the identification of thirteen priority common information needs of the MetroGIS community. Since that time, a priority function of MetroGIS has been to facilitate the development and/or assembly of regional datasets needed to address each of these common information needs.

Each information need is addressed through a replicable process. In general, the process begins by assembling a team of content experts and through a facilitated group process (Peer Review Forum), the team begins with the business object framing model fragment to identify dataset(s) required to meet the information need. In some cases, this process takes place in a forum of content experts and in other cases it is not such a formalized process because the dataset(s) that meet the information need are intuitively recognized.

Once the dataset(s) required to meet an information need is identified, a working group of content experts is created to:

  1. Refine the desired specifications identified at the Peer Review Forum,
  2. Identify desired data standards and guidelines,
  3. Identify desired roles and responsibilities for the custodian organization(s) - organizations responsible for data creation, maintenance, documentation, and distribution; and,
  4. Identify candidate custodial organizations that have a business need and appropriate expertise to carry out the desired roles and responsibilities.

The process is complete when the Policy Board has adopted, as policy for the MetroGIS community, parameters defined through the stated tasks. The parameters are posted on a Web page for each “MetroGIS endorsed regional dataset”. Once an endorsed dataset is operational, MetroGIS monitors user satisfaction to continually enhance it.

To learn more, please see the About Information Needs page and the pages for each endorsed regional dataset.

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