MassGIS Standard for Digital Parcels and Related Data Sets

This standard for spatial accuracy and detail of assessor parcel mapping and related attribute information is for developing digital versions of assessor’s property maps for use in planning, property assessment, and map display. Version 2.1, Released May 2012

Standard for Digital Plan Submission to Municipalities

This standard applies to CADD files submitted as part of development review; if implemented by a municipality, the standard makes it easier to use these CADD files for updating municipal GIS databases.

Model Data Distribution Policy

This document by the Open Data Consortium is a helpful and thorough review of the issues in GIS data distribution; it also includes a model policy.  NOTE: Before being used, the model policy language MUST be reviewed for compliance with the Massachusetts Public Records Law .

Sample Disclaimers

A selection of disclaimers being used on printed maps and for on-line mapping sites.


Massachusetts' Master Service Agreement with ESRI

ESRI and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts signed a Master Service Agreement ("state blanket contract") under which all political subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can purchase products and services from ESRI.

Regional Planning Agency GIS Services

The regional planning agencies in Massachusetts each have one or more GIS staff.  Depending on the type and  size of the project, RPA GIS staff may be able to provide GIS services to municipalities. Acquiring services in this manner is consistent with state law covering municipal procurements [see MGL Chapter 30B, Section 1(b)(3)]. Contact your RPA to discuss your options.

Massachusetts' Master Service Agreements for GIS Services

ITS53 provides a roster of pre-qualified companies that can provide IT solutions in several categories including GIS.  There are three GIS subcategories: General GIS Services, Planimetric Mapping Services, and Web Mapping Services. 


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