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There’s a Map for That! Maps and tools you didn’t know about. How to find, get, and use maps from the US Geological Survey Richard Huffine, Director USGS Libraries Program. American Library Association Annual Conference June 25, 2011. Outline. The National Map and US Topo

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there s a map for that maps and tools you didn t know about

There’s a Map for That! Maps and tools you didn’t know about

How to find, get, and use maps from the US Geological Survey

Richard Huffine, DirectorUSGS Libraries Program

American Library Association Annual ConferenceJune 25, 2011

outline
Outline
  • The National Map and US Topo
  • USGS Store Map Locator and Downloader
  • The National Atlas
  • The National Geologic Map Database
  • The USGS Publications Warehouse
  • The USGS Libraries and ASK-USGS
  • Other government sources
the national map and us topo
The National Map and US Topo
  • Since 1884, topographic maps have been a signature product of the USGS
  • They are a critical and versatile tool for viewing the nation's vast landscape.
  • In the last quarter-century, technology has transformed topographic mapping science from the printed product to digital data and on-line applications.
  • In 2009, the USGS released a new map viewer and a new generation of topographic map – the US Topo; a digital map with integrated an photo layer
the national map viewer
The National Map Viewer

http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/beta/

status of us topo production
Status of US Topo Production
  • More than 28,311 US Topo maps are available (as of 06-13-11)
  • Kansas was the first US Topo state, and is 100% complete followed by:
    • Oklahoma: 99%
    • New York: 96%
    • Texas: 98%
    • Kentucky: 100%
    • Iowa: 97%
    • Tennessee: 98%
    • Indiana: 89%
    • Pennsylvania: 99%
    • Wisconsin: 98%
    • Virginia: 79%
    • Ohio: 99%
  • Colorado: 97%
  • Minnesota: 95%
  • North Carolina: 80%
  • New Mexico: 99%
  • Idaho: 100%
  • Washington: 99%
  • Utah: 97% complete
  • West Virginia: 100%
  • Georgia: 100%
  • North Dakota: 99%
  • New Jersey: 99%
  • Delaware: 96%
  • Montana: 30%
  • The remaining states arescheduled for production in2012 and 2013.
the national atlas
The National Atlas
  • Maps of America are what you'll find and make on nationalatlas.gov™.
    • Maps that illustrate our changing Nation.
    • Maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life.
    • Maps that tell their own stories.
    • Maps that are accurate and reliable from more than 20 Federal organizations.
  • Your Own Personal Map Maker: http://nationalatlas.gov/mapmaker
the national atlas precipitation map
The National Atlas – Precipitation Map

http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/climatemap.html#list

the national geologic map database
The National Geologic Map Database
  • A resource for maps and related data about:
    • geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology, and marine geology.
  • Find 85,000+ maps, images, data, and products from 350+ publishers
  • New data viewer, allows you to find regional geologic maps and information in the Map Catalog and Lexicon of Geologic Names (Geolex)
the national geologic map database1
The National Geologic Map Database

http://maps.ngmdb.us/dataviewer/

usgs publications warehouse
USGS Publications Warehouse
  • A citation system, managing links and information about everything the USGS has ever published
  • Also now includes information on some USGS authored works
  • A number of maps were published as USGS publications and are linked and listed in the Publications Warehouse
  • Some popular map series include:
        • Hydrologic Atlas
        • Oil and Gas Investigations
        • Geophysical Investigations
        • Mineral Investigations
        • Scientific Investigations
usgs publications warehouse1
USGS Publications Warehouse
  • All materials are being converted to PDF for easy access
  • Digitization of historical materials is proceeding. Currently working on:
    • USGS Bulletins
    • Professional Papers
    • Early Survey materials
  • Now using RSS feeds to share information about what is available
  • Developing a “next generation” solution using Fedora Commons for repository services
usgs libraries and ask usgs
USGS Libraries and ASK-USGS
  • Not everything is on-line today and the USGS maintains libraries in three locations with substantial map collections:
    • Menlo Park, CA
    • Denver, CO
    • Reston, VA
  • Support is also available through the ASK-USGS services both on-line and by toll-free call to 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) or using an e-mail contact form.
  • The services work together to provide reference and support for access and use of maps.
other government sources
Other Government Sources
  • Keep in mind that the USGS doesn’t cover every type of mapping activity in government:
    • Census Bureau produces maps of population and trends
    • Transportation maps roads and other infrastructure
    • Agriculture maps farms, soil surveys, vegetation, etc.
    • NOAA maps waterways and land beneath the oceans and Great Lakes
    • The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency maps the world for the Department of Defense
    • And individuals in State government develop maps that cover areas and issues in local communities.
contacts and references
Contacts and References
  • Richard Huffine, DirectorUSGS Libraries Programhttp://library.usgs.gov

The National Map and US Topohttp://www.nationalmap.gov

USGS Store Map Locator and Downloaderhttp://store.usgs.gov

The National Atlashttp://www.nationalatlas.gov

The National Geologic Map Databasehttp://ngmdb.usgs.gov

The USGS Publications Warehousehttp://pubs.usgs.gov

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