DataFinder Map Services

What are map services?  back to top ^
A map service is a set of one or more spatial datasets (e.g. roads, land use, aerial photos) available directly over the Internet. Map services can be used by desktop and internet GIS clients such as ArcMap, MN Mapserver and Google Earth. DataFinder provides ArcGIS services, and OGC-compliant service (WMS, WFS and KML).


About DataFinder Map services  back to top ^
DataFinder has 17 map services primarily organized by same categories as the DataFinder Catalog. While OGC Capabilities files are available for WMS and WFS, these contain only basic information. To understand which layers are in each map service and relate the dataset name to its metadata record, please use the DataFinder Catalog together with this page. If you find a dataset in the catalog, and you would like to know the layer name and which map service(s) include it, please click on the map service symbol, which will open this page with the information about the individual layer.


Layer-specific map service information  back to top ^
No specific layer was selected. To see layer-specific information, click on Services for a layer in the DataFinder Catalog.


Map services available from DataFinder  back to top ^

Map Service NameAvailable Services
MetroGIS_Administrative_Political_Boundaries WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Base_Maps_Scanned_Maps_Charts WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Biology_Ecology WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Business_Economics WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Demographics WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Elevation WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Environmental_Monitoring_Modeling WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Facilities_Buildings_Structures WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Geology_Geophysics WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Land_Cover WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Planning_Development WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Recreation_Tourism WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Social_Justice_Emergency_Services WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Transportation WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Utilities_Communication WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    
MetroGIS_Water_Resources WMS     WMF     ArcGIS     KML    


Using DataFinder map services in ESRI's ArcMap  back to top ^
More help can be found on the ESRI website.

  1. In ArcMap, click "Add Data" button
  2. In the Add Data dialog box, select "GIS Servers"
  3. Select "Add ArcGIS Server"
  4. Select "Use GIS Services" and click "Next"
  5. Enter the URL for the server: "http://gis2.metc.state.mn.us/ArcGIS/services" and click "Finish"
  6. Select ArcGIS on gis2.metc.state.mn.us from GIS Servers. Open the MetroGIS folder and select a theme to add.


Using DataFinder map services in Mapserver  back to top ^
Use the following as a guide to including a DataFinder WMS or WFS map service as a layer in Mapserver map file. More help can be found on the MapServer website.

LAYER # MetroGIS DataFinder WMS County Boundaries
NAME "counties"
GROUP "County Boundaries"
TYPE LINE
STATUS ON
CONNECTIONTYPE WMS
CONNECTION "http://gis2.metc.state.mn.us/ArcGIS/services/MetroGIS/Administrative_Political_Boundaries/MapServer/WMSServer?"
METADATA
"wms_title" "County Boundaries"
"wms_name" "counties"
"wms_server_version" "1.1.1"
"wms_srs" "EPSG:26915"
"wms_formatlist" "image/png,image/jpeg"
"wms_latlonboundingbox" "-94.0228373729 44.4668905622 -92.7283510253 45.4160454957"
"wms_connectiontimeout" "60"
END
PROJECTION "init=epsg:26915" END
END # MetroGIS DataFinder WMS COUNTY BOUNDARIES