MnGeo's data coordination responsibilities include identifying data priorities, coordinating state data investments, developing and promoting the use of data standards, identifying appropriate developers, aggregators and stewards for statewide data assets, and coordinating enterprise solutions for data storage, retrieval and use.
MnGeo, expanding upon a role filled by LMIC for more than 20 years, works with State agencies and strategic partners, such as the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Farm Service Agency, local governments and other organizations to coordinate funding strategies to acquire essential geospatial data. Prominent among these are statewide acquisition of orthoimagery data that are so essential to modern GIS applications. MnGeo staff is especially experienced at packaging multi-organizational agreements to assemble the funding needed to acquire the data and works closely with its partners to ensure that technical experts develop product specifications.
MnGeo staff have coordinated and promoted the development and use of standards for data documentation, development, and testing for many years. Such standards are essential to building comprehensive enterprise solutions for geospatial technology development and use.
MnGeo continues to carry on the work of the Land Management Information Center and the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information to work with stakeholders to develop, update, and implement plans for building a comprehensive enterprise solution to meeting our geospatial data needs. The reports described below are examples.
The Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse serves as a convenient source for geospatial data needed to power GIS. Coordinated by MnGeo, the Clearinghouse provides access to a wide variety of sources making it your first stop for geographic data for Minnesota. Partners include the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of the Census, Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and Pollution Control Agency, the MetroGIS program and many others.