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GIS Open Data

What is an Open Data Portal?

GIS has evolved from a system of records to a system of engagement - citizens can have a direct role in identifying problems, making decisions, and providing solutions to problems in the community. Open data simply means that data is published publicly in a portal so it can be used by anyone.

A growing number of Wisconsin state agencies, including DPI, have created open data portals to provide access to and use of their authoritative geospatial data. The Department of Public Instruction's GIS Open Data Portal contains a collection of GIS resources, such as layers, maps, and web applications. Users can:

  • Discover, explore, and download GIS data containing boundary or location information
  • Visualize summarized school and district data via DPI-curated maps and web applications

GIS Open Data Portal

What is available (and not available) in the GIS Open Data Portal?


The GIS layers available to the public on the DPI’s GIS Open Data Portal can be utilized in conjunction with DPI’s Wisconsin public school data (e.g. WISEdash Data Files).

The GIS boundary and location data layers available for download do not contain student data. Any school or district data (e.g. enrollment, assessment, or graduation data) displayed with the GIS data has been summarized and redacted to protect privacy.

Please note:  DPI’s spatial datasets are as spatially accurate and contain the best information the department has to date, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. The datasets should not be used for any land transactions, financial decisions, taxation, surveying, or other similar uses.

The data and resources on the GIS Open Data Portal are intended for short-term access and/or download. They are offered as-is and may be updated or removed at any time.

GIS Data


School and District Data

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • School Districts   Note: These do not include school attendance areas
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs)
  • Technical College Regions

Library Data

  • Public Libraries and Branches
  • Public Library Systems


In addition to GIS data, DPI’s Open Data Portal contains curated maps and web applications that allow users to explore education and library datasets in context with one another and with other relevant data. As a reminder, non-GIS school and district data has been summarized and redacted to protect privacy. Content will be updated as new information becomes available.


For questions about this information, contact Shelley Witte (608) 266-3939

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