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Year Published: 2011

US Topo - A new national map series

In the second half of the 20th century, the foundation of the U.S. Geological Survey's national map series was the handcrafted 7.5-minute topographic map. Times change, budgets get squeezed and currency expectations become ever more challenging. The USGS's Larry Moore, who oversees data production operations at two National Geospatial Technical...

Moore, Laurence R.
US Topo - a new national map deries; 2011; Article; Journal; Directions Magazine; Moore, Laurence R.

Year Published: 2011

Digital Mapping Techniques '09-Workshop Proceedings, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 10-13, 2009

The Digital Mapping Techniques '09 (DMT'09) workshop was attended by 90 technical experts from 42 agencies, universities, and private companies, including representatives from 24 State geological surveys. This workshop, the thirteenth in the annual series, was hosted by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, May 10-13, 2009, on the West...

Soller, David R.
Digital Mapping Techniques '09-Workshop Proceedings, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 10-13, 2009; 2011; OFR; 2010-1335; Soller, David R.

Year Published: 2011

Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative data management and integration

Six Federal agencies, two State agencies, and two local entities formally support the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) and work together on a landscape scale to manage fragile habitats and wildlife resources amidst growing energy development in southwest Wyoming. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was tasked with implementing...

Latysh, Natalie; Bristol, R. Sky
Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative data management and integration; 2011; Organization Series; 1; Latysh, Natalie ; Bristol, Sky

Year Published: 2011

An analysis of spatial relation predicates in U.S. Geological Survey feature definitions

The Semantic Web uses a data model called a triple, which consists of a subject -predicate - object structure. When represented as triples, geospatial data require a spatial relation term to serve as the predicate linking two spatial features. This document summarizes the approaches and procedures used during the identification of spatial...

Caro, Holly K.; Varanka, Dalia E.
An analysis of spatial relation predicates in U.S. Geological Survey feature definitions; 2011; OFR; 2011-1235; Caro, Holly K.; Varanka, Dalia E.

Year Published: 2011

A program for the conversion of The National Map data from proprietary format to resource description framework (RDF)

To expand data functionality and capabilities for users of The National Map of the U.S. Geological Survey, data sets for six watersheds and three urban areas were converted from the Best Practices vector data model formats to Semantic Web data formats. This report describes and documents the conver-sion process. The report begins with an...

Bulen, Andrew; Carter, Jonathan J.; Varanka, Dalia E.
A program for the conversion of The National Map data from proprietary format to resource description framework (RDF); 2011; OFR; 2011-1142; Bulen, Andrew; Carter, Jonathan J.; Varanka, Dalia E.

Year Published: 2011

OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype, Phase 1

Phase One of the OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype (OSMCP) attempts to determine if the open source software developed for the OpenStreetMap (OSM, http://www.openstreetmap.org) can be used for data contributions and improvements that meet or exceed the requirements for integration into The National Map (http://www.nationalmap.gov)....

Wolf, Eric B.; Matthews, Greg D.; McNinch, Kevin; Poore, Barbara S.
OpenStreetMap Collaborative Prototype, Phase 1; 2011; OFR; 2011-1136; Wolf, Eric B.; Matthews, Greg D.; McNinch, Kevin; Poore, Barbara S.

Year Published: 2011

Ontology patterns for complex topographic feature yypes

Complex feature types are defined as integrated relations between basic features for a shared meaning or concept. The shared semantic concept is difficult to define in commonly used geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies. The role of spatial relations between complex feature parts was recognized in early GIS...

Varanka, Dalia E.
Ontology patterns for complex topographic feature yypes; 2011; Article; Journal; Cartography and Geographic Information Science; Varanka, Dalia E.

Year Published: 2009

A 125 year history of topographic mapping and GIS in the U.S. Geological Survey 1884-2009, part 1: 1884-1980

On December 4–5, 1884, John Wesley Powell persuaded the U.S. Congress to authorize the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to begin systematic topographic mapping of the United States.

Usery, E. Lynn; Varanka, Dalia; Finn, Michael P.
A 125 year history of topographic mapping and GIS in the U.S. Geological Survey 1884-2009, part 1: 1884-1980; 2009; Article; Journal; ArcNews; Usery, E. Lynn; Varanka, Dalia ; Finn, Michael P.

Year Published: 2009

A 125 year history of topographic mapping and GIS in the U.S. Geological Survey 1884-2009, part 2: 1980-2009

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) entered the mainstream of developments in computer-assisted technology for mapping during the 1970s. The introduction by USGS of digital line graphs (DLGs), digital elevation models (DEMs), and land use data analysis (LUDA) nationwide land-cover data provided a base for the rapid expansion of the use of...

Usery, E. Lynn; Varanka, Dalia; Finn, Michael P.
A 125 year history of topographic mapping and GIS in the U.S. Geological Survey 1884-2009, part 2: 1980-2009; 2009; Article; Journal; ArcNews; Usery, E. Lynn; Varanka, Dalia ; Finn, Michael P.

Year Published: 2009

Gap Analysis - A Geographic Approach to Planning for Biological Diversity

The 2008 issue of the Gap Analysis Bulletin is the sixteenth in a series of annual publications produced by the Gap Analysis Program. Gap Analysis Bulletin No. 16 features 16 articles on various aspects of gap analysis methods and results. Topics addressed include applications, land cover, and aquatic gap analysis. The Bulletin also includes a...

Maxwell, Jill; Gergely, Kevin; Aycrigg, Jocelyn; Davidson, Anne
Gap Analysis - A Geographic Approach to Planning for Biological Diversity; 2009; Federal Government Series; GAP; 16; GAP Analysis Bulletin Number 16; Edited by Maxwell, Jill; Gergely, Kevin; Aycrigg, Jocelyn; Davidson, Anne

Year Published: 2008

The National Map product and services directory

As one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP), The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, state, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency...

Newell, Mark R.
The National Map product and services directory; 2008; FS; 2008-3065; Newell, Mark R.

Year Published: 2008

GAP Analysis Bulletin Number 15

The Mission of the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) is to promote conservation by providing broad geographic information on biological diversity to resource managers, planners, and policy makers who can use the information to make informed decisions. As part of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) ?a collaborative program to...

Maxwell, Jill; Gergely, Kevin; Aycrigg, Jocelyn; Canonico, Gabrielle; Davidson, Anne; Coffey, Nicole
GAP Analysis Bulletin Number 15; 2008; Federal Government Series; GAP; 15; Edited by Maxwell, Jill; Gergely, Kevin; Aycrigg, Jocelyn; Canonico, Gabrielle; Davidson, Anne; Coffey, Nicole

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Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
2016 (approx.)
Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
3D Lidar Point Cloud of the United States Capitol Building
2016 (approx.)
3D Lidar Point Cloud of the US Capitol Building in Washington DC from 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) quality lidar data.
3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
2016 (approx.)
3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge in California
March 17, 2016
The USGS Hydrography Webinar Series shares success stories from users, provides information on The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and other related products, and provides a forum for users to learn more about Hydrography-related topics.
January 21, 2016
The USGS Hydrography Webinar Series shares success stories from users, provides information on The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and other related products, and provides a forum for users to learn more about Hydrography-related topics.
November 5, 2015
The USGS Hydrography Webinar Series shares success stories from users, provides information on The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and other related products, and provides a forum for users to learn more about Hydrography-related topics.
September 24, 2015
The USGS Hydrography Webinar Series shares success stories from users, provides information on The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and other related products, and provides a forum for users to learn more about Hydrography-related topics.
Lidar pulse vs lidar return
2004 (approx.)
Graphical illustration of lidar pulse versus a lidar return
Mountain Scene by Lake
Maroon Lake located in Colorado
USGS
A Cooperative Conservation Case Study describing the partnership for collecting Lidar Data in the Rainwater Basin in South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas in 2009.
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Orthoimage of a four-way interchange, Los Angeles, CA
November 1, 2016

As part of The National Map transition to cloud hosting, several of the National Map NAIP Orthoimagery Services will be provided under new URLs.

EDMAP student participants in the field, 2015
October 18, 2016

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Group picture of 2016 Best Student Gelogical Map Competion Winners
October 12, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Status graphic of The National Map Corps volunteer contributions covering the US and Puerto Rico since August 2012. Each dot
September 22, 2016

Results of the Pennsylvania and New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenges Released

New 2016 US Topo quadrangle within Great Smoky Mountains National Park showing the addition of six trailhead symbols, two picnic
September 21, 2016

Newly released US Topo maps are now available and for the first time, the maps covering Great Smoky Mountains National Park display trails, campgrounds, visitor centers, boundaries and other visitor information in a national park.

A multicolored lidar image of the Great Sand Dunes
September 5, 2016

It’s not a radar for liars, it’s this week’s Earthword...

small excerpt of Yosemite Valley topographic map in shades of green and brown
September 1, 2016

Effective September 6, 2016, walk-in sales and services at the California Geological Survey map sales office (located in the U.S. Geological Survey offices) on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park will be discontinued.

Calvin Meyer, standing with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, displays his award at the 2nd annual U.S. Department of Interior Cu
August 25, 2016

Calvin Meyer, of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, receives Interior Department‘s Customer Service Award

Screen shot of US Topo Story Map
August 18, 2016

The USGS National Geospatial Program has released an interactive Story Map giving viewers an overview of the US Topo map program

USGS Director Suzette Kimball presents 2016 Gannett Award to Kari Cran
August 16, 2016

Kari Craun honored by USGS peers with Henry Gannett award for exceptional contributions to topographic mapping

: Screen shot of the updated Protected Areas Database of the U.S. geodatabase viewer, showing the “Protected Areas by Public Acc
August 4, 2016

Updated national geospatial inventory of public parks and open space lands features greater coverage and accuracy