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Minnesota Geospatial Standards, Domains and Lookup Tables

The GAC is in the process of reviewing and approving standards earlier approved by the former GCGI. As each of the earlier standards is approved by the GAC, it will be moved to the GAC table below and removed from the GCGI table.

Standards Approved by the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC)

Name of Standard Additional Resources
Address Point Data
Bikeways Data
  • Domains and schema templates (see section below)
CTU ID (City, Township, Unorganized Territory) CTU list with a crosswalk to legacy Census codes
County ID  
Damage Assessment Data
Parcel Data
Positional Accuracy Measuring and Reporting Positional Accuracy Handbook:  Using the national standard for spatial data accuracy to measure and report geographic data quality
Road Centerline Data
State ID  
U.S. National Grid


Standards Approved by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information (GCGI)

Name of Standard Additional Resources
Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Codes Identifying Reaches and Watercourses  
Codes Identifying Watersheds  
Codes Identifying Lakes and Wetland Basins  


GAC Standards Under Development

Name of Standard Status
Digital Stormwater System Data Exchange Draft standard developed by the Metro Stormwater Geodata Project, building on earlier work by the GAC Standards Committee, was open for public review through September 3, 2021


Domains, Lookup Tables and Schema Templates for GAC Standards

Resource Description
Domains (xlsx), updated 9/24/2021
  • Used especially in address point, parcel data and road centerline standards
An Excel file with a separate tab for each of the more than 40 domain tables used in all of the GAC approved standards. Also included is an index tab showing which standard(s) each domain is used in and a changes tab showing the last time each domain was modified.
Lookup Tables (xlsx), updated 8/6/2021 County; State; U.S. Postal Service Default City (5 worksheet tabs)
GAC Standards schema templates (fgdb and xml formats), updated 9/24/2021 Includes the domains and lookup tables



National Geospatial Standards

Adopted National Standards

    Federal Geographic Data Committee

    Links to all of the following standards may be found on the FGDC's Standards Publications webpage.

Name of Standard
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Part 1, Biological Data Profile
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Part 2, Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data
Spatial Data Transfer Standard - SDTS
Cadastral Data Content Standard
Classification of Wetlands and Deep Water Habitats
National Vegetation Classification Standard
Soil Geographic Data Standard
Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards
  • Geodetic Control Networks
  • National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy
  • Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Management
  • Nautical Charting Hydrographic Surveys
Content Standard for Digital Orthoimagery
Content Standard for Remote Sensing Swath Data
Utilities Data Content Standard
Standard for a U.S. National Grid
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata
Digital Cartographic Standard for Geologic Map Symbolization
Geographic Information Framework Data
Wetlands Mapping
U.S. Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data
Federal Trails Data
Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification


   Federal Information Processing Standards


National Standards Under Development

Links to the following standards and more specific information about their current status can be found on the FGDC's Standards Under Development webpage.

Name of Standard
Earth Cover Classification Standard
Geologic Data Model
Shoreline Data Content
Content Standards for Framework Land Elevation Data
Cultural Resources Geospatial Data Content Standard
Federal Buildings and Facilities Geospatial Data Content
Maintenance and Review of the National Wetland Classification

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