Click here for a tutorial with step by step instructions on how to use the Scott County Open Data website
Frequently asked questions
What is the Scott County Open Data website?
Scott County believes in providing highly-accessible data and information in the spirit of transparency and open government. Free access to County data provides citizens with a higher degree of visibility into County services, enhancing and sustaining trust. Scott County believes data and information can inform and guide the decision-making process, internally and externally, between the citizens, partner agencies, and the County - in effect serving as a catalyst for dialog leading to an engaged community. Data availability enables businesses to make quicker, informed decisions on investments and enhancements in the community.
Scott County Open Data allows you to:
- Utilize maps and tables to analyze data and information
- Download data to use in your systems to conduct research and analysis
- Use services in your mapping applications
What are the dataset themes?
Scott County data has been categorized into six recognizable themes including: Administrative, Property and Places, People and Health, Transportation, Natural and Physical, and Elections.
Does the Scott County Open Data website offer nonspatial data?
Yes. Data can be downloaded as a spreadsheet in CSV format. Also, premade PDF maps of Scott County can be downloaded as well.
Does the Scott County Open Data website offer imagery and raster data?
No, the Scott County Open Data website does not currently allow you to download imagery. However, you can access Scott County's Imagery map services by Clicking on the GIS Web Services category on the main page.
Can I extract a subset of data by a single geographic area or by searching by attributes?
Yes. From the table view, you can filter the dataset by geographic extent or by searching by attributes and then export that subset.
Can I control the projection of the download?
No, all data will be downloaded in its original projection, Dakota-Scott NAD83.
How do I search for data?
There are two 'Search for open data' search boxes on the main page. You can also click on one of the Safe, Healthy or Livable category buttons to view those dataset categories.
What format is the GIS data in?
The spatial data will be downloaded as shapefiles, but you can also choose to download the data as a spreadsheet or KML.
What is the Mapping Applications category?
The Mapping Applications category takes you to a page that provides links to Scott County's online mapping applications such as ScottGIS2.0, Property Information Search, Half Section Mapper, etc...