Cadastral and Right of Way Data Sharing

Local government agencies create, collect, compile, and store data that also have value to other state agencies, such as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). In turn, Mn/DOT also is a keeper of information that has value to local government agencies. Local government and state agencies create and maintain their cadastral and right of way data in varying ways and with different systems, and those differences pose one barrier to the sharing of that information. A 2002 initiative to develop a statewide parcel map inventory helped set the stage for several projects to improve data sharing of right of way and cadastral information between Mn/DOT and local government agencies. Recognizing the benefits of easy access to existing data among agencies, Mn/DOT began exploring potential solutions for sharing cadastral data between Mn/DOT and local government agencies. Mn/DOT relies on maps, deeds, and other right of way records from local government agencies when planning right of way options and acquisition needs. To investigate the potential, Mn/DOT sponsored a 2004 research project, Enhanced Coordination of Cadastral Data. The research evaluated the potential for sharing of cadastral data and outlined considerations for moving forward. In 2006, Mn/DOT launched an implementation pilot project in Mn/DOT Districts 3 and 4, which involved collaborations with local government agencies, technology development, launch of a web-based portal, and training and communication to support use. It also helped demonstrate the possibility for data sharing among state and local government agencies on a broader scale. This Transportation Research Synthesis highlights the benefits of improving access to data sharing, describes the implementation and research projects, provides an update on the status of implementation, and outlines next steps.


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  • Accession Number: 01601835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2016 1:57PM