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What does "georeferenced" mean?

Georeferencing means that the internal coordinate system of a digital map or aerial photo can be related to a ground system of geographic coordinates. A georeferenced digital map or image has been tied to a known Earth coordinate system, so users can determine where every point on the map or aerial photo is located on the Earth's surface. 

The relevant coordinate transforms are typically stored within the image file (GeoPDF and GeoTIFF are examples of georeferenced file formats), though there are many possible mechanisms for implementing georeferencing.  Georeferencing in the digital file allows basic map analysis to be done, such as pointing and clicking on the map to determine the coordinates of a point, to calculate distances and areas, and to determine other information.

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