Minnesota Structures Collaborative (MSC)
In partnership with the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), MnGeo received a grant to improve the availability and quality of geospatial data and maps for four types of structures in Minnesota:
- Fire stations
- Police stations
- Schools (public and private)
Funded by the Federal Geographic Data Committee
via a National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative
Agreements Program (CAP) grant in early 2008, the Minnesota Structures Collaborative (MSC) project sought to
develop state and local partnerships and the technical capacity for the
statewide collection, publication and long term, sustainable maintenance of
this data. Local organizations have the most detailed, current knowledge about their
communities and potentially have the
greatest capacity to provide the needed data. Local organizations also
understand the importance of providing accurate and current data about their
communities to state and federal agencies during emergencies to help ensure
the responses from those organizations will be beneficial and timely.
- Assessment and standardization of existing structures data (national and state), including minimum attribution, with capacity to add new structures data and integrate with The National Map and other geospatial efforts of national, state and local importance.
- Development of a prototype web-based map interface ("MSC Online
System"), that includes:
- Editing and geospatial data entry tools
- Access to U.S. National Grid referenced general orientation maps for the entire state
- Extensive online and downloadable help
- Flash tutorial demonstrating system functionality
- Creation of FGDC and Minnesota compliant metadata records
- Significant effort to build relationships with state and local data
contributors and stewards, including:
- Presenting information about the effort at emergency preparedness and response meetings and events
- Publishing a promotional brochure (2 p., 180K, PDF)
- Developing promotional presentations supporting Phase 2 efforts
final report, submitted to FGDC on February 26, 2010, for more detail.
Minnesota Structures Collaborative Online System
for MSC Online System is open to the general public and includes full access to the Map Library System.
GIS data in the
Structures Editing Tool is read-only and may be out-of-date.
Prototype for Test and Evaluation: This site is
password-protected and only available to registered users (view the
promotional presentation described in the Phase 2 section below to learn
how to become a registered user).
- Help for the MSC Online System: Help inside the System is currently based on PowerPoint (PPT) (if needed, download a free PPT Viewer). Alternately, download the help files and use them independently of the System; there are two versions:
- Stand-alone Map Library based on the 10K U.S. National Grid. PDF-format maps include structure locations (fire stations, hospitals, police stations, and schools), reference information and air photos. Use the map library index to manually search for maps by county name. Click on picture to the right to see a sample map.
(New to the U.S. National Grid? Click here to find out more.)
WMS and WFS Services
These services provide access to the 4 structure types, with the following GetCapabilities request statements. Note: if you are using ArcMap version 9.3.1 specify WMS version 1.1.1 when loading the WMS service.
- Web addresses for application developers:
- WMS: http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=../mapfiles/structures.map&service=WMS&version=1.1.1&request=GetCapabilities
- WFS: http://www.mngeo.state.mn.us/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=../mapfiles/structures.map&service=WFS&version=1.1.0&request=GetCapabilities
(New to WMS services? Click here to find out more.)
Although the grant period is over, MnGeo and EPC members continue
to test and develop the MSC Online System, identify data
authorities and custodians, build relationships between federal, state and
local governments, and promote integration of structures data that will
support The National Map and other important emergency services geospatial efforts such as HAZUS-MH, HSIP and Firewise.
During this next phase of implementation, additional expertise
from the state's GIS and emergency services sector is needed to help steer
further development of the prototype online system and its functionality.
- Email questions or comments on the MSC to
Supervisor - GIS Services, MnGeo
Chair, MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Committee
Toll Free: 888-877-7GEO (436)