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.
Current Minnesota Status Map
Minnesota Free and Open Data Map (04.14.2017)
County Open Data Resolutions (by date of adoption)
Ramsey County, February 11, 2014
Hennepin County, February 11, 2014
Dakota County, March 25, 2014
Carver County, April 1, 2014
Anoka County, April 22, 2014
Clay County, October 28, 2014
Washington County, November 18, 2014
Scott County, October 6, 2015
Itasca County, December 9, 2015
Waseca County, June 21, 2016
Carlton County, January 23, 2017
Steele County, February 28, 2017
Free and Open Data: History and Recap of the Issue - Randy Knippel, Dakota County
Free and Open Data: Context - Geoff Maas, MetroGIS
NSGIC Presentation (September 16, 2014) - William Johnson (GIO, New York) & Geoff Maas (MetroGIS)
Open Data Licensing: Making It Clear - David Fawcett, MPCA
For more information on the Free + Open Public Geospatial Data Initiative, please contact:
Geoff Maas, GISP
390 Robert Street North
St Paul, MN 55101