Placing Data in the Land of 10,000 Lakes: Navigating the History and Future of Geospatial Data Production, Stewardship, and Archiving in Minnesota

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Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, ISSN: 1542-0353, Vol: 12, Issue: 1, Page: 52-72

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Kevin R. Dyke; Ryan Mattke; Len Kne; Shawn Rounds
Informa UK Limited
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A framework for developing a program to archive the state of Minnesota's spatial data at the University of Minnesota is discussed. The framework for creating an infrastructure for statewide archiving is simple; create an environment fostering the collaboration and communication among all stakeholders. Discussions between University of Minnesota and MnGeo are in progress to explore funding needs and sources and the formation of a working group to investigate a pilot project including statewide aerial imagery from MnGeo and data sets from MetroGIS. By partnering with both the data producers and the data consumers from various government agencies, important decisions relating to data curation and retention will be better informed. Creating a robust data archive addresses both concerns of value and cost. This framework provides data producers a central location to deposit their data at little or no cost. There is cost for the University to archive and preserve the data, but incrementally each data set takes few resources. The move towards open data improves the preservability of those data, but there remain legal and ethical concerns about archiving private, restricted, or sensitive governmental data.