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Minnesota Geospatial Standards, Lookup Tables and Domains

The GAC is in the process of reviewing and approving standards earlier approved by the former GCGI. As each of the earlier standards is approved by the GAC, it will be moved to the table below.

Standards Approved by the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC)

Name of Standard Additional Resources
Address Point Data
  • Schema spreadsheet and schema template in fgdb format (see webpage)
  • Lookup tables and domains (see section below)
Parcel Data Transfer
  • Schema spreadsheet (see webpage)
  • Lookup tables and domains (see section below)


Standards Approved by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information (GCGI)

Overview of all the standards in the table below

Name of Standard Additional Resources
Codes Identifying States  
Codes Identifying Counties in Minnesota  
Codes Identifying Cities, Townships and Unorganized Territories (CTUs) in Minnesota CTU list with a crosswalk to legacy Census codes
Coordinate Interchange Standard for State Agencies  
Measuring and Reporting Positional Accuracy in Spatial Data Positional Accuracy Handbook:  Using the national standard for spatial data accuracy to measure and report geographic data quality
Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Codes Identifying Reaches and Watercourses  
Codes Identifying Watersheds  
Codes Identifying Lakes and Wetland Basins  
U.S. National Grid


GAC Standards Under Development

Name of Standard Status
Road Centerline (uses lookup tables and domains below) Public comments being reviewed
Digital Stormwater System Data Exchange Provisional standard for implementation testing
The Metro Stormwater Geodata Project is actively working to develop this standard


Lookup Tables and Domains for GAC Standards

Name of Standard Names and Associated Codes for:
Lookup Tables (5 worksheet tabs, xlsx format) County; State; U.S. Postal Service Default City
Domains (41 worksheet tabs, xlsx format)
  • Used especially in address point, parcel data and road centerline standards
911 GIS POC; County; CTU; ESN; FClass; Homestead; Lifecycle Status; MSAG; Non-Standard Parcel; Ownership; Placement Location; Principal Meridian; PSAP; Range Direction; Road Class; School District; Source; many street-related codes (Elevation; Local To State; MnDOT Prefix and Route System; One Way; Parity; Primary Status; Route Direction; Directional; Pre Type; Post Type); State; Subaddress Type; Surf Type; Tax Exempt; Watershed District; Yes/No/Unknown



National Geospatial Standards

Adopted National Standards

    Federal Geographic Data Committee

    Links to all of the following standards may be found on the FGDC's Standards Publications webpage.

Name of Standard
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Part 1, Biological Data Profile
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Part 2, Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data
Spatial Data Transfer Standard - SDTS
Cadastral Data Content Standard
Classification of Wetlands and Deep Water Habitats
National Vegetation Classification Standard
Soil Geographic Data Standard
Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards
  • Geodetic Control Networks
  • National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy
  • Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Management
  • Nautical Charting Hydrographic Surveys
Content Standard for Digital Orthoimagery
Content Standard for Remote Sensing Swath Data
Utilities Data Content Standard
Standard for a U.S. National Grid
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata
Digital Cartographic Standard for Geologic Map Symbolization
Geographic Information Framework Data
Wetlands Mapping
U.S. Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data
Federal Trails Data
Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification


   Federal Information Processing Standards


National Standards Under Development

Links to the following standards and more specific information about their current status can be found on the FGDC's Standards Under Development webpage.

Name of Standard
Earth Cover Classification Standard
Geologic Data Model
Shoreline Data Content
Content Standards for Framework Land Elevation Data
Cultural Resources Geospatial Data Content Standard
Federal Buildings and Facilities Geospatial Data Content
Maintenance and Review of the National Wetland Classification

Return to the GAC Standards Committee homepage

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