Standards Committee

The Standards Committee helps coordinate strategies for integrating geospatial data and business processes across all levels of government. It advises the state geospatial community about relevant standards issues and facilitates the creation and adoption of such standards within Minnesota. It serves as a liaison to federal government standards initiatives. It also advises the state geospatial community on opportunities for shared geospatial architecture within Minnesota, jointly participating with MetroGIS in the Geospatial Commons Workgroup.

Committee status report, Nov. 7, 2012 (p. 9)

Geospatial Standards

Committee Chair

Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council, 651-602-1644,

Work Plan

  • Standards
    • Advise the Minnesota geospatial community about relevant standards issues.
    • As needed, provide guidance to groups working on proposed state geospatial standards. Facilitate review of proposed standards and, if appropriate, recommend for approval by the MnGeo advisory council(s).
      • Digital Cadastral Data Attribute Transfer Standard:  Make this draft standard available for public review.
      • Digital Stormwater System Data Exchange Standard:  Review comments and modifications to standard and, if appropriate, approve a revised draft standard as provisional for approximately a year while it is tested.
      • Other standards as they emerge.
    • Assess changes that may be needed to the Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines to respond to changes at the national and international levels and to more adequately document web services.
    • Work with MN.IT Services (the Office of Enterprise Technology) to encourage creation of a long term state standards approval process.
    • Review and respond to national standards as interest and resources allow.
  • Geospatial Architecture
    • In conjunction with MetroGIS, work toward defining a state geospatial broker and front end portal/commons. Evaluate and pursue opportunities for funding and attempt to build an initial site with the limited goal of displaying the concept for further input and development [for details, see the Geospatial Commons Workgroup webpage]
  • Communication
    • As needed, maintain the Standards Committee website with the core purpose of archiving and/or linking to approved standards.
    • As needed, publish information about approved standards in other appropriate media, such as the Minnesota GIS/LIS newsletter.

Meeting Schedule

Calendar: Check the calendar for the date, time and location of the next committee meeting. If none is listed in the next month or two, check directly with the committee chair. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.


Committee Activity Reports and Meeting Minutes

  • Committee activity reports:  See the Committee Reports webpage (for FY2007 see the Geospatial Architecture Committee, the former name for the Standards Committee) for activities from 2006 - May 2009.
  • Committee meeting minutes:  Click on a meeting date to view the minutes for that meeting (minutes after December 2003 are in PDF format).
    Scroll through the list for older meeting dates that are not displayed (minutes for March and November 2005, and for the February 1999 retreat are not available).


Publications and Links

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