The MetroGIS Data Producers Work Group and Policy Board have been actively engaged in research, deliberation and review of the benefits of freely and openly available public geospatial data in the Seven County Metropolitan region.
The following resource materials, research and articles have been prepared and assembled over the course of 2013 in service of that discussion.
On October 23, 2013, the MetroGIS Policy Board adopted a Resolution of Support for Free and Open Public Geospatial Data and are advancing their recommendation and supporting research to the governments in the Seven County Metropolitan region.
MetroGIS Research and Materials:
Single-Page Fact Sheet on Free and Open Geospatial Data [1 page PDF]
MetroGIS: Free & Open Access to Data
Research & Reference Documents [75 page PDF]
MetroGIS Policy Board Resolution of Support for Free and Open Public Geospatial Data [1 page PDF]
Sample Resolution Resource Document for City/County Governments [1 page PDF]
Sample Letter of Support from MetroGIS Policy Board Chair to County Board Chairs and County Administrators [4 page PDF]
Related Articles and Publications:
NSGIC: Geospatial Data Sharing Guidelines for Best Practices
NSGIC: This Isn't Private Information
NSGIC: Economic Studies for GIS Operations
Brian Timoney: The Flawed Economics of Closed Government Data
MinnPost (December 11, 2013) "MetroGIS recommends 7 counties make geospatial data free and open"
MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Commitee "The Year's Best Present" article, December 23, 2013
County Board Actions (2014):
Ramsey County, February 11, 2014 Resolution
Hennepin County, February 11, 2014 Resolution
Dakota County, March 25, 2014 Resolution
Carver County, April 1, 2014 Resolution
Access to Data:
Dakota County Mapping Services
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI)