The Federal Geographic Data Committee awarded a $75,000 grant to a collaborative represented by Dakota County, Richland County (North Dakota), the State of North Dakota, and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District of Minnesota. Several other counties, as well as city, regional and state agencies, will also be participating to varying degrees. MetroGIS and the Governor’s Council on Geographic Information also support the project, whose goal is to improve the ability of local government agencies to deliver enhanced public access to GIS data through web applications.
The Dakota County Office of GIS’s involvement in the project will include developing software requirements, as well as software design and testing. The project will provide the public with greater access to GIS data from multiple agencies without the need for learning new programs. Also, the costs of developing specific web-based GIS applications will diminish by leveraging the power of an open-source software model and by taking advantage of the collaborative commitments of multiple jurisdictions and agencies.
The project is due to be completed in June 2007; however, an initial prototype is due to be released later this fall. The main objective of the project is to create an initial release of a product that will continue to be enhanced by multiple agencies and individuals. More information is available on the project website at: http://openmnnd.org/
If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Office of GIS by email at GIS@co.dakota.mn.us or phone 952-891-7081.