GIS Data

This section of the Minnesota Geographic Data Clearinghouse is a starting point to find Minnesota geospatial data needed for Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Search for Data, Maps and Map Services

A collaborative place for users and publishers of geospatial resources about Minnesota, including resources formerly distributed via the Minnesota Department of Resources' Data Deli and MetroGIS DataFinder. The Commons has replaced the GeoGateway search tool.


If you don't find what you need on the Commons, check these other catalogs for data that has not yet migrated to the Commons:

First-stop Information by Theme

First-stop information pages provide an overview of Minnesota GIS data and related resources available for each available theme.

Minnesota Data Plans and Policies

  • Free and Open Data:  A MetroGIS Data Producers Work Group and Policy Board webpage of resource materials, research, articles, status map, county policy resolutions and presentations.
  • Minnesota State GIS Enterprise Conceptual Architecture Design, March 2005. This document defines a high-level architecture for information technology and web-mapping interoperability in support of the goals outlined in the state’s strategic plan for GIS: the Minnesota Spatial Data Infrastructure. The structural design proposed would promote interoperability among GIS data and application providers, increasing efficiencies and reducing long-term costs in data resource and software application development. (22p., 178K., PDF) | report details
  • A Foundation for Coordinated GIS, Minnesota's Spatial Data Infrastructure: Adopted by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information, this is a strategic plan to help Minnesota organizations more effectively achieve their business goals by using GIS, October 20, 2004. (52p., 863K., PDF) | report details
  • Guidebook to Priority GIS Data, July 1999: A report by the Governor's Council on Geographic Information that describes the status and availability of 11 key digital data themes.

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