MetroGIS Recommends that Seven Counties Make their Geospatial Data Free and Open
MetroGIS, a metro-area government-administered collaborative tasked with ensuring that geographical information systems (GIS) are used and shared effectively in the area, has formally made a recommendation to the Seven Metro County governments to make their public geospatial data freely and openly available to all.
Currently, the different counties in the metro (and all agencies across the state) have very different ways of providing GIS data, such as administrative boundaries, tax parcels, land use, transportation routes, and more. Even though state law says the data is public (and even that is not always clear), it does not define how that data can be obtained or how much the agency can charge for it.
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