Free and Open Data Research

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.

As of October 2015, all Seven Metropolitan Counties have adopted free and open public geospatial data policies and are offering their data through their own data portals or through the Minnesota Geospatial Commons.