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1 U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey 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

2 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

3 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

4 The National Map Viewer

5 USGS Store Map Locator and Downloader

6 US Topo – Kansas – Windom, NE Quadrangle

7 Status of US Topo Production More than 28,311 US Topo maps are available (as of ) 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 are scheduled for production in 2012 and 2013.

8 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:

9 The National Atlas – Precipitation Map

10 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)

11 The National Geologic Map Database

12 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

13 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

14 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 ASK-USGS ( ) or using an contact form. The services work together to provide reference and support for access and use of maps.

15 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.

16 Contacts and References Richard Huffine, Director USGS Libraries Program The National Map and US Topo USGS Store Map Locator and Downloader The National Atlas The National Geologic Map Database The USGS Publications Warehouse


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