MetroGIS Functions

MetroGIS’ activities can be categorized in three major areas:


MetroGIS maintains the contract and Memorandum of Agreement between the Metropolitan Council and the Seven Metropolitan Counties for sustained standardization of the data which create the Regional Parcel Dataset and for the distribution of the NCompass Road Centerline Dataset for qualifying governments and academic organizations.

MetroGIS maintains this website, hosts periodic forums, stakeholder meetings and maintains its governance activities to ensure policy makers remain informed on relevant issues surounding geospatial data.

MetroGIS serves as a resource to the academic community as well as to national and international interests on operational procedure, funding, management and governance of inter-agency geospatial data sharing and development.


MetroGIS provides a platform and resources for on-going inter-agency projects and initiatives to develop new data and data standards. The MetroGIS collaborative works to identify shared data needs and to bring partner agencies at all levels of government together to address these needs through collaborative projects.

Advocacy and Inter-Agency Coordination

MetroGIS takes an active interest in the legal and legislative aspects of geospatial data development, data sharing and public data availability. MetroGIS aligns its work plan, initiatives, research and project efforts with complementary initiatives at the city and county, regional, state and federal levels to reduce duplication of effort and maximize benefit for the geospatial community.