Who cares about these standards?
All developers of public databases containing information about Minnesota counties
When do they apply? When do they not apply?
This standard has been developed to improve the exchange of public data about counties. Use of this standard is mandatory when the following two conditions exist:
Use of this standard is recommended when local governments exchange data, or when any new public databases are being designed that must incorporate a set of county codes. Use by local government, the private sector and the public in general is encouraged, but voluntary. This standard applies to data that are being transferred, and does not restrict how those data are internally stored.
Purpose of these Standards:
The purpose of this standard is to provide a single, common coding scheme for counties in Minnesota. It is intended to be used primarily when data are being transferred between a state agency and some external customer. Its use will improve the shareability of data resources created by Minnesota state and local government by avoiding unnecessary duplication and incompatibilities in the collection, processing and dissemination of data.
This standard provides a set of three-digit codes to be used when representing the 87 counties of the state of Minnesota. This standard is equivalent to the Minnesota portion of the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 6-4 (FIPS PUB 6-4), dated December 15, 1979. County names and codes are listed below.
|COUNTY NAME||CODE||COUNTY NAME||CODE||COUNTY NAME||CODE|
|Aitkin||001||Lac qui Parle||073||Stearns||145|
|Becker||005||Lake of the Woods||077||Stevens||149|
What constitutes compliance?
Agencies must be capable of translating their data into a form consistent with this standard for the purpose of exchanging data between organizations. Agencies may continue to store data in alternate formats of their choice, provided the capability exists to readily convert them, if requested by a data sharing partner. It is recommended that agencies integrate this standard into new system designs whenever possible.
How will compliance be measured?
Evidence of compliance will be determined based on reports of satisfactory data transfers from receiving state, local and federal agencies, and private sector and citizen customers.
References and Sources of More Information:
Further information about this standard may be obtained from Land Management Information Center (LMIC); 300 Centennial Building; 658 Cedar Street; St. Paul, MN 55155; phone: 651-201-2499; fax: 651-296-3698; email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census maintains the federal standard FIPS 6-4. Inquiries concerning the technical content of that standard should be addressed to: Office of the Chief; Geography Division; Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C. 20233
Copies of FIPS-PUB 6-4 are available for sale by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS); U.S. Department of Commerce; Springfield, VA 22161. It is also available on the Internet at url: http://www.itl.nist.gov/fipspubs/fip6-4.htm.
Further information about this standard may be obtained from Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis phone: 651-201-2481
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