- Thomas Dibblee, Jr. Dies
- New Rumsey Collection Maps
- D.C & South Carolina Maps added to Sanborn Union List
- Leslie Armstrong named Deputy FGDC Staff Director
- Canadian DFO Terminates NDI License Agreement
- CGDI Launches Online Training Site
Conferences and Classes
- New LC Subject Headings
- New Geographic Cutters
- Standard Map Series Designations
Digital Spatial Data
- GIS Datasets for Southwestern Forests
- National Historical Geographic Information System
- Archived River Meander Bend Database CD-ROM
- Army Corps of Engineers Data CD
- NPS Geography & Mapping Technologies
- BLM Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
- Census Transportation Planning Package Available
- New Geologic Map of North America
- Google Launches Map Service
- MAPublisher 6.1 Released
- ESRI to Resell NaturalVue Data
- OGC Web Map Service now an International Standard
- U.S.-Mexican Border Mapping
- National Academies' Geographic Information Center
U.S. Federal, State and Local Government News
- FDLP Budget Cuts
- New Series of Pacific Crest Trail Maps Available
- Foreign Gazetteers Discontinued
- New LC Country Studies
- NRCS Publishes New Montana Soil Surveys
- NOAA nowCOAST Web Mapping Portal
- Print Notice to Mariners Ceases
- NGA Invites Comment on Aeronautical Chart Proposal
- Geospatial One-Stop Version 2 Portal Contract
- Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Map
- New Landsat Gap Filled Product
- Order National Archives Records Online
- USGS Budget Request Released
- LIDAR Used to Map Mt. St. Helens Change
- San Francisco Bay Area Earthquakes & Faults
- New Los Angeles County Seismic Hazard Maps
- California Vegetation Map GIS Website
- Colorado Geological Survey Online Bookstore
- New Idaho Publications and Maps
- New Oregon Maps
- New Utah Geologic Maps
- Washington State Hazard Maps
- New Wyoming Maps
Thomas Dibblee, Jr. DiesNew Rumsey Collection Maps
Thomas Wilson Dibblee Jr., who was once called “the man who mapped California,” died on Nov. 17 at the age of 93 at his home in Santa Barbara. Dibblee worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for over 25 years, during which time he mapped a large area of California. In 1953, he and Mason Hill, his co-worker, first published research on the San Andreas Fault which suggested that it had moved almost 350 miles. This work that was later incorporated into the theory of plate tectonics. After retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey, he continued to actively map other areas of California, including Los Padres National Forest. He was active in geologic mapping for more than 70 years. In an effort to get his maps published, the Thomas Wilson Dibblee, Jr. Foundation was established; the Foundation merged with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in 2002. Dibblee’s legacy, and the Foundation in his name, will continue to promote traditional field mapping.The David Rumsey Collection announced the addition of 1035 new maps on November 15, 2004. All of the new maps may be found by launching the Insight Browser or Java Client and searching under Search/by Publication Author using the author last names below. The maps added in November can also be viewed from a link on the Rumsey Collection web site that announces the new maps. Among the maps added in November are:D.C & South Carolina Maps added to Sanborn Union List
- Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1895. United States. War Department, Washington, D.C. 182 Maps, views, and plates. Contains reproductions of most of the important maps produced during the U.S. Civil War.
- Atlas Classique et Universel de Geographie Ancienne et Moderne, 1850 Andriveau-Goujon, J., Paris 47 Maps and plates. Includes 5 exceptional plates of the celestial and solar systems.
- A New American Atlas, 1825. Tanner, Henry, Philadelphia. 32 Maps and text pages. The second edition of an important atlas of the United States. (This atlas can be compared with the first edition of the same atlas, published in 1823, which is also online).
- Atlas to Thompson's Alcedo; or Dictionary of America & West Indies, 1819 Arrowsmith, Aaron, London An atlas of 5 large, early wall maps of the Americas, on 19 sheets, plus five composite maps joining all the sheets. This atlas accompanies one of the most important gazetteers of North and South America, and the West Indies, published originally in Spanish by Antonio de Alcedo and translated into English by George A. Thompson.
- An Atlas of the United States of North America, 1832 (Hinton, John Howard); Simpkin & Marshall; Wardle, Thomas, London 19 Maps and profiles. Includes an early geological map of the United States.
U.S. State, County, and City Atlases added, dating from 1871-1898 include:
These and other maps in the David Rumsey Collection can be viewed at http://www.davidrumsey.com. Contributed by Phil Hoehn, email@example.com.
- Beers, F. W. (Frederick W.), 1872. State Atlas of New Jersey, 1872
- Bien, Joseph Rudolf, 1895. Atlas of the State of New York, 1895
- Bien, Joseph Rudolf, 1893. Atlas of Westchester County, New York.
- Bromley, George Washington and Bromley, Walter Scott, 18901. Atlas of the City of New York. Manhattan Island.
- D.H. Hurd & Co. Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut, 1893
- De Pue & Company, 1879. The Illustrated Atlas and History of Yolo County, California.
- Geological Survey of New Jersey, 1888. Atlas of New Jersey.
- Geological Survey (U.S.), 1890. Topographical Atlas of the State of Rhode Island.
- Geological Survey (U.S.) and Massachusetts, Topographical Survey Commission, 1890. Atlas of Massachusetts.
- Reynolds & Proctor, 1898. Illustrated Atlas of Sonoma County, California.
- Walling, H. F. and Gray, Ormando Willis, 1871. Official Topographical Atlas of Massachusetts.
- Walling, H. F. and Gray, Ormando Willis, 1872. New Topographical Atlas of the State of Pennsylvania.The Sanborn maps for South Carolina and the District of Columbia have been added to WAML's Union List of Sanborn and Other Fire Insurance Maps, which is located at: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/sanbul.html. Contributed by Phil Hoehn, firstname.lastname@example.org.Leslie Armstrong named Deputy FGDC Staff DirectorLeslie Armstrong has been selected to serve as the Deputy Staff Director of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. Leslie has over twenty years of technical and management experience in the geospatial arena. She began her career with the Defense Mapping Agency where she served for nine years as a Cartographer and the Latin American Mapping Liaison. In 1991 she began working for the National Park Service, where she served as the Deputy Associate for Natural Resources in Washington, D.C., and more recently, has been serving as the Chief of the Geographic Information Systems Division at the National Information Systems Center in Denver, Colorado. Leslie has worked in developing geospatial data collection, exchange, and training programs. She recently authored and co-edited a book, Mapping the Future of America's National Parks, Stewardship through GIS.
Canadian DFO Terminates NDI License AgreementThe Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently terminated a license agreement with Nautical Data International Inc. (NDI), which has been the exclusive dealer of Canadian digital nautical charts based on maps produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a unit of the Deparment. In November, 2004, the Federal Court of Canada had dismissed a lawsuit brought by two Italian companies, C-Map and Navionics, against NDI, which claimed that it had the exclusive rights to distribute digital navigational products based on Canadian hydrographic charts. CHS and DFO will be setting up licenses for the distribution of Canadian digital nautical chart products. When the original data license agreement between CHS and NDI was signed in 1993, there was little demand for digital navigation products. However, that has changed considerably over the years. In response to the DFO decision, Nautical Data International, Inc. is suing the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Hydrographic Services for over $109 million as well as punitive damages.CGDI Launches Online Training SiteGeoConnections, the partnership that is building the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), has launched an online training site through GeoSkills. The online training provides an overview of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure. From the site, at http://www.geoconnections.org/publications/training_manual/e/, users can learn about the CGDI’s components and functions and the CGDI’s standards and specifications. The site covers registering data sources, describing geospatial data resources, publishing geospatial data, and using Web Map Service and Web Feature Service. The training is directed to anyone who needs a general overview of the CGDI, including university and college students, government workers, businesses looking for geomatics opportunities and managers wanting to know more about the CGDI. The course, which is designed to take 1 day to complete, is divided into nine modules that correspond to different parts of the CGDI. Because of its modular structure, users can also complete the course over time.
New LC Subject HeadingsConferences and ClassesCounties is a new topical subject heading that can be used indirectly through geographic area. This new tracing can be used to replace [Area] - Administrative and political divisions - Maps. The word Counties can be used with foreign countries if appropriate. When counties is used as the primary subject heading, the subject cutter .F7 should also be used. Examples:New Geographic Cutters650 #0 $a Counties $z Pennsylvania $v MapsLand tenure - [Area] - Maps is no longer a valid subject heading. The correct heading is now Real property - [Area] - Maps. A reference from Land tenure $v Maps to Real property $v Maps has been added to the subject authority file. The correct subject cutter for use with Real property $v Maps is .G46. Examples:
650 #0 $a Counties $z Uganda $v Maps (for map titled Uganda Counties, 1969)650 #0 $a Real Property $z Botswana $v Maps (for map titled Botswana Land Tenure)The Library of Congress’ Geography & Map Division is currently working on establishing three related headings: Miniature maps, Miniature atlases and Miniature globes. Further research will be needed before they can be submitted to the Cataloging Policy & Support Office. For both Miniature maps and Miniature atlases, the notes will reflect the scope note for Miniature books -- items 10 cm. or less in both height and width. The maximum dimension for Miniature globes has not yet been determined.There have recently been several changes to the G Schedule. Maps for the city of Singapore (formerly G8044.S5) will now be classed under the country as a whole (G8040-G8044). This change was made to reflect LC subject heading usage; the heading Singapore is used for both the country and the city as it is often difficult to distinguish between the two geographic areas. The cutter table for maps of planets and moons & satellites (under G3182) has been expanded to provide cutters for all of the planets and satellites that are currently in Library of Congress Subject Headings. For moons, the name of the planet had been added as part of the qualifier to further identify the moon, although the established form, Satellite, remains. G3182 Individual planets or moons (other than the Earth’s moon), A-ZStandard Map Series Designations
.A7 Ariel (Satellite of Uranus)
.C2 Callisto (Satellite of Jupiter)
.C5 Charon (Satellite of Pluto)
.E9 Europa (Satellite of Jupiter)
.G3 Ganymede (Satellite of Jupiter)
.I6 Io (Satellite of Jupiter)
.L9 Lysithea (Satellite of Jupiter)
.M5 Miranda (Satellite of Uranus)
.P5 Phobos (Satellite of Mars)
.T5 Titan (Satellite of Saturn)
The Standard map series designations found on maps produced by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Imagery & Mapping Agency, Defense Mapping Agency and other military agencies is not a true series. Rather, it is an internationally coordinated system for identification and control of map series. The system of alphanumeric and numeric designations are designed to indicate the scale and geographic coverage of a set of maps as well as provide a unique reference number. The series authority record has been updated to reflect current treatment in the Geography & Map Division. Since 1996, the series has been given in the form of a varying title (246 field). Before 1996, the series was given in the 740 field, supported by information in the 500 field. It should be noted that many of these maps are restricted, so the cataloging records are not distributed to OCLC.Cataloging reports contributed by Richard Fox, Senior Cataloging Specialist, Library of Congress.
Digital Spatial Data
- Western Association of Map Libraries. Spring, 2005 Meeting. University of Colorado, Boulder. March 24-25, 2005. Host: Katie Lage.
- Western Association of Map Libraries. Fall, 2005 Meeting. Fairbanks, Alaska. Host: John Kawula.
- Western Association of Map Libraries. Spring, 2006 Meeting. University of British Columbia. Host: Tim Ross.
- Western Association of Map Libraries. Fall, 2006 Meeting. Western Washington University. Host: Janet Collins.
- Map & Geographic Information Collections in Transition. A Conference organized by the Cartographic Users Advisory Council. May 12-13, 2005. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. URL: http://cuac.wustl.edu/cuac.htm.
- Maps & Society Programme, Fourteenth Series: 2004-2005. Meetings are held at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html or contact Tony Campbell (t.campbell @ockendon.clara.co.uk).
- Association of American Geographers. Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. April 5 - 9, 2005. URL: http://www.aag.org.
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 12th National Conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 7-10, 2005.
- International Association for Social Science Information Service & Technology (IASSIST). Joint Conference with IFDO. Edinburgh, Scotland. May 24-22, 2005. URL: http://datalib.ed.ac.uk/iassist/index.shtml.
- Special Libraries Association. Annual Conference. Toronto, ON, Canada. June 4-9, 2005. URL: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/index.cfm.
- American Libraries Association. Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL: June 23–29, 2005. URL: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events1.
- ESRI Education User Conference. San Diego, California. July 23-26, 2005. URL: http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/educ/index.html.
- ESRI User Conference. San Diego, CA. July 25–29, 2005. URL: http://www.esri.com/events/uc/index.html.
- Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives (ACMLA). Joint meeting with Canadian Cartographic Association. July 26-29, 2005. Memorial University, St John's, Nfld.
- Association of Canadian Map Libraries & Archives (ACMLA) . Joint meeting with Canadian Cartographic Association. 2006. Ottawa, Ontario.
- International Conference on the History of Cartography. Budapest, Hungary, July 17-22, 2005. URL: http://lazarus.elte.hu/~zoltorok/ichc2005.htm. Direct questions to: Dr. Zsolt Torok, ICHC 2005 Co-ordinator e-mail: email@example.com
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Oslo, Norway. August 14-18, 2005. URL: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla70/.
- National States Geographic Information Council Annual Conference. Rochester, NY. September 25-30, 2005. URL: http://www.nsgic.org/conferences/index.htm.
- Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). Annual Conference. Reno, NV. October 9 - 12, 2005. URL: http://www.urisa.org/annual.htm.
- National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). Birmingham, Alabama: October 12-15, 2005. For more information see http://www.ncge.org/activities/meetings/.
- Geoscience Information Society & Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT. October 16 - 19, 2005. URL: http://www.geoinfo.org/.
- Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Tempe, AZ. October 19-22, 2005. URL: http://geography.asu.edu/apcg/.
- IMTA Americas Annual Conference & Trade Show. 2005. San Diego, CA. September 11-13, 2005. URL: http://www. maptrade.org/
- North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). 25th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, October 12–15, 2005. URL: http://www.nacis.org/.
- American Library Association . Midwinter Meeting. San Antonio, TX. January 20–25, 2006. URL: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events1.
- Australian Map Circle. Annual Meeting, 2006. To Be Announced.
- Geospatial Information Technology Association. Annual Conference. To Be Announced, 2006. URL: http://www.gita.org/.
- American Congress on Surveying & Mapping. Annual Meeting, April 22-26, 2006, Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando, FL. URL: http://www.acsm.net/.
- American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Annual Conference. ASPRS Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada, April 30 - May 4. URL: http://www.asprs.org/.
GIS Datasets for Southwestern Forests
Selected GIS datasets for the U.S. Forest Service Southwestern Region, which includes Arizona and New Mexico, are available for download from http://www.fs.usda.gov/r3/gis/datasets.shtml. A preview image of each dataset is also provided on the site.
Use of these files requires GIS software such as ArcView, ArcInfo or ArcExplorer. Most of the datasets are provided in two formats: Arc/Info export format (e00) and ArcView shapefile (shp). ArcExplorer, a free, basic GIS software package available from ESRI will read the data in shapefile format (ESRI and the ESRI Logo are licensed trademarks of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.). The files have been compressed with zip and can be uncompressed with programs such as WinZip. Be aware that some of the files are over 3 megabytes.
Additional descriptive information about the datasets is available through the Metadata link. These files meet the FGDC (Federal Geospatial Data Committee) standards for structure and content.GIS data is maintained at various levels (Forest, State, Region) depending upon the subject and type of data. Datasets are grouped below by their extent. Forest level datasets cover individual National Forests within the Southwestern Region. These datasets are provided in the projection used by the Forest GIS staff. Data are currently available for Cibola National Forest and Lincoln National Forest. State Datasets are also available for Arizona and New Mexico are also available on the site.
National Historical Geographic Information System
The beta version of the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS), produced and hosted by the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), is now available from http://www.nhgis.org.
The NHGIS is a project to create and freely disseminate a database incorporating all available aggregate census information for the United States between 1790 and 2000. Not only will all of the data available in depository publications be represented on the NHGIS when it is complete, but non-depository Population Census data such as pre-1940 tract-level data will also be included. Goodies coming soon include 1940-1960 tract-level data, 1980 Summary Tape Files 1 and 3, and the 1970 housing and population files.
Currently available are the 1990 Summary Tape Files 1-4. The rest of the major 1990 files are in the pipeline, with the metadata for the Subject Summary Tape Files in development right now. This is a true beta release - the system may hiccup occasionally until the bugs have all been found. Feedback is welcome, so don't be shy! Contributed by Amy West, firstname.lastname@example.org
Archived River Meander Bend Database CD-ROM
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) recently released CD-ROM 49: Archived River Meander Bend Database, a four-CD set which includes 141 meander sites containing 1,503 meander bends on 89 rivers in the United States. The database was acquired during development of NCHRP Web Document 67: Methodology for Predicting Channel Migration (http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4292) which documents and presents the results of a study to develop a practical methodology to predict the rate and extent of channel migration in proximity to transportation facilities. The principal product of this research was NCHRP Report 533: Handbook for Predicting Stream Meander Migration (http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4416), a stand-alone handbook for predicting stream meander migration using aerial photographs and maps. The data can be ordered online at the TRB Bookstore for $20.00.
Army Corps of Engineers Data CD
The NDC Publications and U.S. Waterway Data CD contains information about waterborne transportation and the waterway infrastructure. It can be accessed via the Internet at http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/ndc/cd/cdinfo.htm or ordered for free from the same web site. The CD-ROM contains publications, data files and a GIS data viewer which can be used to view and analyze georeferenced data sets.
The CD-ROM contains a variety of publications from the Navigation Data Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including publications on commodity movements, dredging, lock information and data, and port and waterway information and data. For more information or to order the CD-ROM, see the Navigation Data Center CD-ROM web site at: http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/ndc/cd/cdinfo.htm.
NPS Geography & Mapping Technologies Data Site
The National Park Service Geography & Mapping Technologies site contains links to a site that provides access to national park maps and a site with information about GIS data. The IMC delivers base maps and park brochure maps for geographic reference and navigation to and within parks. The IMC can be searched by clicking on a map to identify maps available for a specific park, or through a text search. The Park Locator allows users to identify and navigate to any park in the National Park System. The Park Atlas allows users to explore the mapped resources for all parks. In both Atlas and Locator applications users can view maps at a wide variety of scales, including a national map, state maps or high-resolution maps of individual parks.
The Data Clearinghouse site also allows users to search for data by clicking on an interactive map or by entering a text search for data covering a specific area. Using the map interface, users can identify parks in an individual state and then click on an individual park to see the type of data available for that park. The development phase of Internet hosting and operations for the IMC were donated to the National Park Service by ESRI. The National Park Service is thankful to ESRI for providing this support and service and hopes to expand this partnership. National Geographic Maps donated TOPO (seamless USGS DRG) map products for the Park Atlas.
BLM Geospatial Data Clearinghouse
The Bureau of Land Mangement (BLM) has established a GeoSpatial Data Clearinghouse as part of the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Network. BLM data can be searched in two ways, through the FGDC clearinghouse site or the BLM Clearinghouse web site. From the FGDC site, users can search all clearinghouse nodes that have been established (not just the BLM node). The BLM Geospatial Data Clearinghouse only contains metadata about geospatial data held by the BLM.
The BLM clearinghouse is designed to give the user maximum flexibility in how they query the data. A number of pre-set keyword queries are on the main clearinghouse page. These are divided into theme keywords and place keywords. The theme keywords are subject (or content) matter related (recreation, fire, wildlife, etc) while the place keywords are states covered by the data. Clicking on any of these keywords will query the geospatial metadata and return any layer containing the selected keyword. A brief description of each returned layer is given and clicking on the layer title will take you to the metadata for that layer. Users can also type in a keyword into the keyword query at the top of the Clearinghouse page. More complex queries can be performed through an Advanced Search. For more information or to search for BLM data see: http://www.or.blm.gov/metaweb/.
Census Transportation Planning Package Available
CTPP 2000 is a special tabulation of responses from households that filled out the 2000 Census long form. The special tabulation provides data to support a wide range of transportation planning activities. It is the only Census product that summarizes data by place of work and tabulates the flow of workers between home and work. And it is the only source of information with summary tabulations available for traffic analysis zones (TAZ’s) that have been defined by State and regional transportation agencies. CTPP contains data describing the characteristics of households and their travel to work, which can be used to forecast transportation planning. Data are divided into three sets of tables dealing with the place of residence, workplace and commute. CTPP data can be downloaded from the TranStats home page (http://transtats.bts.gov/homepage.asp) or ordered (for free) through the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Bookstore (https://www.bts.gov/pdc/index.xml).
New Geologic Map of North America
The Geological Society of America (GSA) introduced a new map titled Geologic Map of North America at the beginning of February. The map is printed in 11 colors with approximately 700 shades and patterns that distinguished more than 900 rock units, including 110 units that are off-shore. It depicts more than seven times as many on-land units as the previous Geologic Map of North America, which was published in 1965. The map’s most significant additions are detailed features of the seafloor, including spreading centers, seamount chains, and subduction zones.
The map is the result of a cooperative effort by the Geological Society of America, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). John C. Reed Jr. (USGS) and John O. Wheeler (GSC) compiled the continental geology, while Brian E. Tucholke (WHOI) mapped and compiled the seafloors. The map was printed by Pikes Peak Lithographing Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The map, which was more than twenty years in the making, illustrates approximately 15% of Earth’s surface. It spans an area from the North Pole to Venezuela and from Ireland to Siberia. The map’s developers describe it as a source for new interpretations of North American geology and insights into the evolution of the continent.
Unlike the 1965 Geologic Map of North America, the new map is not a static end-product. Because it was produced with digital technology, a digital database will be produced by David Soller of the U.S. Geological Survey. The map is available for purchase ($125 for members, $155 for non-members) through the Geological Society of America. For additional information, visit http://www.geosociety.org/bookstore or contact GSA Sales and Service, email@example.com, 1-888-443-4472.
Google Launches Map Service
On February 9, 2005, Google unveiled a new mapping service at http://maps.google.com. According to a Google blog, Google Maps has been designed “to simplify how to get from point A to point B.” Using Google Maps it will be possible to search for maps showing specific information, such as hotels near an airport. By clicking on the map, users will be able to drag the map to show adjacent areas dynamically, rather than waiting for a new image to load. The service also allows users to get directions between two points and locate particular businesses from a single search box. The product is still in beta test. For more information, see http://maps.google.com or the Google maps tour at http://www.google.com/help/maps/tour/.
MAPublisher 6.1 Released
Avenza recently announced the release of MAPublisher 6.1, the newest version of a suite of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator 10 and CS that can be used to create high-quality maps, print high resolution maps and publish maps electronically. According to Avenza, the software makes map production is now faster, easier and better. MAPublisher 6 combines GIS with the design environments of Adobe Illustrator 10 and CS to enable native GIS data files to be used as a base for cartographic production.
MAPublisher 6.1 supports the import of the most widely used GIS data formats, including those from ESRI, MapInfo, MicroStation, AutoCAD and the USGS. All GIS data attributes and geographic parameters are maintained during import and are fully accessible and editable during the cartographic process. MAPublisher 6.1 is fully compatible with the latest release of Adobe Illustrator for both MacIntosh and Windows and can be shared by multiple users across a network. Using MAPublisher 6.1, users can easily manage, manipulate and organize MAPublisher layers and create, apply and manage map symbols and styles. For more information on MAPublisher 6.1, see http://www.mappublisher.com/products.mapub60.html.
ESRI to Resell NaturalVue Data
ESRI and Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat), a commercial provider of enhanced satellite imagery, recently announced an agreement that allows ESRI to resell of EarthSat's NaturalVue and GeoCover 15-meter (0.5 arcsecond) pixel resolution data sets. The Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM) multispectral-based image data sets, which were acquired in 2000, have a scale of approximately 1:50,000. They can be used to provide logistical and geodetic reference information for a wide variety of GIS applications.
NaturalVue is the only global natural color image mosaic available at any resolution less than 450 meters. It has the most complete global coverage, extending across all major ocean islands; Antarctica is the only land area not covered. NaturalVue is an ideal global foundation layer.
The complete 0.5 arcsecond NaturalVue product, including all 4.5 terabytes of raster data, has been loaded into a geodatabase that can be used with Internet browsers and GIS. NaturalVue is currently available in 5 x 6 degree GeoTIFF tiles that are approximately 300,000 square kilometers and four gigabytes in size. Prices begin at $150 per tile for a single seat license. Multiseat and agencywide licenses are also available.
OGC Web Map Service now an International Standard
The International Standards Organization has approved a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium and the ISO/TC211 Geographic Information/Geomatics. The OpenGIS(R) Web Map Service (WMS) Interface Specification was approved by a ballot of the ISO members.
The OGC's WMS Specification (now also ISO 19128) specifies protocols that provide uniform access by HTML clients to maps rendered by WMS enabled map servers on the internet. Software complying to the specification enables automatic overlay, in ordinary web browsers, of map images obtained from multiple map servers, regardless of map scale, projection, earth coordinate system, storage format, or vendor solution.
The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization supported by its industry and government members. The ISO is a standards organization in which appointed representatives from the world's nations develop and adjudicate international standards. The agreement spells out the intellectual property rights related to documents that fall under the agreement and calls for the alignment of ISO and OGC procedures.
U.S.-Mexican Border Mapping
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Mexican Instituto Nacional De Estadística Geografía E Informática (INEGI) to create a bi-national Internet-based Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for four sister cities along the US/Mexico Border. These include El Paso/Ciudad Juarez, Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras, Douglas/Agua Prieta, and Ambos/Nogales. For each of the urban areas, the web mapping applications provide statistical and spatial analysis tools to plan for future growth scenarios, estimate infrastructure development costs for the colonias, and supply bi-national demographic census data for economic growth models. The purpose of the site is to provide web-based planning tools for estimating development costs for the colonias. The site integrates existing bi-national geospatial, statistical, and demographic data. Analysis tools are provided to enhance the decision-making process of the city and county planning departments. Local government and non-profit agencies can employ this system to facilitate applying for grants to improve living conditions in the colonias and other poverty stricken areas. For more information and to view the sites for the sister cities, see http://rockys20.cr.usgs.gov/RMMC/Main/hud.html.
National Academies' Geographic Information Center
To help foster a better understanding of the many uses of geographic information, the National Academies has launched the Geographic Information Center, a website that organizes the Academies' body of work on the subject. More people are using geographic information as it becomes more readily available and easier to use, and as new ways to use it are found and shared. The new website provides updates on the latest projects, reports, and events on geographic information topics, and also features case studies and other highlights of reports.
The Center helps build understanding of the relevance and importance of geographic information for addressing societal needs and to points the user to the rich array of ongoing National Academies activities and published reports (readable and searchable for free on the Web) on this topic. Active Groups in the Center are the Mapping Science Committee, Space Studies Board Transportation Research Board, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Geographical Sciences Committee, Disasters Roundtable and the Committee on National Statistics. For more information on the Center see their web site at: http://gi.nationalacademies.org/index.shtml.
Brand, Amy, Daly, Frank and Meyers, Barbara, 2003. Metadata Demystified: A Guide for Publishers. Bethesda, MD: NISO Press. ISBN: 1-880124-59-9. URL: http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/Metadata_Demystified.pdf.
Cavazza, William and others, 2004. The Transmed Atlas: the Mediterranean Region from Crust to Mantle. Berlin; New York: Springer. ISBN: 3-540-22181-6. Price: $99.00
de Blij, H. J. Atlas of North America. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. ISBN: 0-19-516993-X. Price: $125.00
DeMers, Michael N., 2005. Fundamentals of geographic information systems. 3rd ed. Somerset, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 0-471-20491-9. Price: $108.82
Esposito, John L. and Hitchcock, Susan T., 2004. Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. ISBN: 0-7922-7313-3. Price: $ 40.00
Fisher, Ron and National Geographic Staff, 2004. National Geographic Historical Atlas of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. ISBN: 0-7922-6131-3. Price: $ 40.00
Ford, Larry, 2004. San Diego: How Geography and Lifestyle Shape a New Urban Environment. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN: 0-8122-3838-9. Price: $49.95
Francaviglia, Richard V. 2004. Believing in Place: A Spiritual Geography of the Great Basin. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press. ISBN: 0-87417-542-9. Price: $ 24.95.
Ghost Town Press, 2005. Here It Is! the Route 66 Map Series. Arcadia, OK: Ghost Town Press. ISBN: 0-9677481-4-3. Price: $ 11.95
Kawaharada, Dennis, 2004. Local Geography: Essays on Multicultural Hawai`i. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press. ISBN: 0-9709597-2-9. Price: $10.00
Lomolino, Mark V. and Heaney, Lawrence R., 2004. Frontiers of Biogeography: New Directions in the Geography of Nature. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated. ISBN: 0-87893-478-2. Price: $49.95
Marsh, William M. and Grossa, John, 2004. Environmental Geography: Science, Land Use, and Earth Systems. Somerset, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 0-471-48280-3. Price: $57.00 (paper) $73.95 (cloth)
Mayhew, Susan, 2004. A Dictionary of Geography. 3rd. edition. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. ISBN: 0-19-860673-7. Price: $15.95
McMaster, Robert B. and Usery, E. Lynn, eds., 2005. A research agenda for geographic information science. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 0849327288. Price: $99.95
Mennenga, Jay, 2004. Reflections along the Lewis and Clark Trail: A Spiritual Geography. Council Bluffs, IA: Potential Press. ISBN: 0-9637732-4-0. Price: $12.00.
Muehrcke, Phillip., Muehrcke, Juliana O. and Kimerling, A. Jon, 2005. Map Use: Reading, Analysis and Interpretation. Madison, WI: J P Publications. ISBN: 0-9602978-6-3. $ 50.00
NISO Press, 2004. Understanding Metadata. Bethesda, MD: NISO Press. ISBN: 1-880124-62-9. URL: http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/UnderstandingMetadata.pdf
Seager, Joni and Nelson, Lise, eds., 2004. Companion to Feminist Geography. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. ISBN: 1-4051-0186-5. Price: $ 124.95
Slocum, Terry A., 2005. Thematic cartography and geographic visualization. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130351237. Price: $103.00
Swanson, Mark and Langley, Jacqueline D., 2004. Atlas of the Civil War, Month by Month: Major Battles and Troop Movements. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. ISBN: 0-8203-2658-5. Price: $ 39.95
Taylor, Andrew, 2004. The World of Gerard Mercator: The Mapmaker Who Revolutionized Geography. New York: Walker & Company. ISBN: 0-8027-1377-7. Price: $26.00
United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census of the Committee on Government Reform, 2005. Geospatial Information: Are We Headed in the Right Direction, or Are We Lost? Hearing. June 23, 2004. Serial No. 108-239. GPO Access URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house07ch108.html
Woodworth, Steven E. and Winkle, Kenneth J., 2004. Atlas of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. ISBN: 0-19-522131-1. Price: $ 75.00
Recent USGS Publications
Battaglia, M. and Others, 2003. The Long Valley caldera GIS database. DDS-0081. URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-81/.
Billingsley, G.H. and others, 2004. Geologic map of the lower Grand Wash Cliffs and vicinity, Mohave County, northwestern Arizona. Scale 1:31,680 1 map accompanied by 24 page text. Price: $20. MF-2427. URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/2004/2427/
Kirschbaum, M.A. and Hettinger, R.D., 2004. Facies analysis and sequence stratigraphic framework of upper Campanian strata (Neslen and Mount Garfield Formations, Bluecastle Tongue of the Castlegate Sandstone, and Mancos Shale), eastern Brook Cliffs, Colorado and Utah. CD-ROM. DDS-0069-G. Price: $32. URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds-069/dds-069-g/.
Spahr, N. E., 2004. Comparison of 2002 water year and historical water-quality data, upper Gunnison River basin, Colorado. DS-0101. URL: http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/ds/ds101/
Wes Hildreth and Judy Fierstein, 2003. Geologic map of the Katmai volcanic cluster, Katmai National Park, Alaska. Scale 1:63,360. 1 map accompanied by 43 page text. I-2778. URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i2778/
New USGS Fact Sheets
Çelebi, Mehmet and others, 2004. Seismic monitoring of the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. FS 2004-3103.
Heliker, Christina and Brantley, S.R., 2004. The ongoing Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō-Kupaianaha eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i. FS 2004-3085. URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3085/
Ortiz, R.F., 2004. Ground-water quality of granitic- and volcanic-rock aquifers in southeastern Park County, Colorado, July-August 2003. FS 2004-3066. 6 p.
Alderson, Laura, 2004. The Big Picture. Environmental Health Perspectives v. 112, no. 15, p. A 896.
Associated Press, 2004. Thomas Dibblee—Mapped Large Part of California [obituary]. San Francisco Chronicle Nov. 22, p. B6.
Amodeo, Christian and Hellier, Chris, 2005. Mapping Global Air Pollution. Geographical v. 77, no. 1, p. 11.
Amsberryaugier, Lora and Hankel, Marilyn, 2004. Mining the Decennial Censuses for Louisiana Data, 1940-2000. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 8-12.
Andrews, Chris, 2004. Understanding Technology: Spatial Databases: Not Just for Data Anymore. EOM: Earth Observation Magazine v. 13, no. 5 URL: http://www.eomonline.com/Common/Archives/2004augsep/04augsep_Understanding.html.
Anonymous, 2004. Preserving 'Born-Digital' Materials: Library Awards Millions to Grants to Partners. Library of Congress Information Bulletin v. 63, no. 10, p. 202-203.
Antikainen, Harri and others, 2004. Mobile Environmental Information Systems. Cybernetics & Systems v. 35, no. 7/8, p. 737-751.
Arbelaez, Marisol, 2004. Homelands: A Geography of Culture and Place Across America. Journal of the West v. 43, no. 4, p. 101.
Ashling, Jim, 2005. Publication of Clinical Trial Data. Information Today v. 22, no. 1, p. 23-24.
Baigent, Elizabeth, 2004. Patrick Geddes, Lewis Mumford and Jean Gottmann: Divisions over 'Megalopolis.’ Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 6, p.687-700.
Baker, John C. and Lachman, Beth E., 2004. Can Publicly Available Geospatial Information Present a Homeland Security Risk? EOM v.13, no. 5, p. 27-30. URL: http://www.eomonline.com/Common/Archives/2004augsep/04augsep_CanPubliclyBaker.html.
Bartley, Tesa, 2004. Getting to Know Europe. Times Educational Supplement, December 3, 2004, Supplement Teacher, p. 20.
Bates, Mary Ellen, 2004. What Makes Information "Public"? Online v. 28, no. 6, p. 64.
Baule, Steve, 2005. Internet Treasures for Social Studies Teachers and Library Media Specialists Who Support Them. Library Media Connection v. 23, no. 4, p. 32-34.
Bebbington, Anthony, 2004. NGOs and Uneven Development: Geographies of Development Intervention. Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 6, p. 725-745.
Buckwalter, Robert L., 2004. Preservation of Foreign Legal Materials. Law Library Journal v. 96, no. 4, p. 643-648.
Bunting, Lynda and O'Keefe, Elizabeth, 2004. Technical and Intellectual Integration of Library and Museum Information: Afterthoughts of Two Session Organizers. Art Documentation v. 23, no. 2, p. 36-39.
Chadwick, Georgia, Coy, Howard, Jr. and Ferguson, Pat, 2004. Spotlight on Federal Depository Library Collections in Louisiana Public Libraries. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 17-18.
Chang, Yoon-Seop and Park, Hyeong-Dong, 2004. Development of a web-based Geographic Information System for the management of borehole and geological data. Computers & Geosciences v. 30, no. 8, p. 887-897.
Chung, Kyusuk and others, 2004. Geographic information systems in public health and medicine. Journal of Medical Systems v. 28, no. 3, p.215-221.
Clout, Hugh, 2004. Lessons from experience: French geographers and the transcontinental excursion of 1912. Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 5, p. 597-618.
Clumpner, Krista E., 2004. Delivering Access to Library Materials and Services: Our Recipe for Success. Computers in Libraries v. 24, no. 9, p. 6-8, 56.
Colwell, Rita, 2004. The New Landscape of Science: A Geographic Portal. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 703-708.
Conhaim, Wallys W., 2004. Where the Internet Is Taking Us. Information Today v. 21, no. 11, p. 27-28.
Crane, Nicholas, 2004. Maps That Changed the Shape of Great Britain. Geographical v. 76, no. 10, p. 63-69.
Davidson, Keay, 2005. Tsunami Simulation an Inexact Science: Even Knowing Undersea Floor, it’s Tough Developing Wave-effect Maps for S.F. Bay. San Francisco Chronicle Jan. 10, p. A4.
Dellepiane, S., De Laurentiis, R. and Giordano, F., 2004. Coastline extraction from SAR images and a method for the evaluation of the coastline precision. Pattern Recognition Letters v. 25, no. 13, p. 1461-70.
Dodsworth, Eva, 2004. [Review of] ArcCanada: Schools and Libraries Edition Version 3.0. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin no. 120, p. 56-58.
Eberhardt, Mark S. and Pamuk, Elsie R., 2004. The Importance of Place of Residence: Examining Health in Rural and Nonrural Areas. American Journal of Public Health v. 94, no. 10, p. 1682-1686.
Ebert, David, 2004. Applications of Archaeological GIS. Canadian Journal of Archaeology v. 28, no. 2, p. 319-342.
Estes, Pete and Krembs, Marcus, 2004. County Government Utilizes Stormwater Infrastructure Inventory: a Strategic Locational Approach. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 12, p. 20-22.
Fallis, Don, 2004. On Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectives. Library Trends v. 52, no. 3, p. 463-87.
Fortin, Marcel, 2004. Online GIS: Solutions for Dissemination of Geospatial Data in a Library Setting. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin no. 120, p. 5-12.
Ganahl, Jane, 2004. David Rumsey Made a Living in Real Estate: Then He Charted His Future to Match His Passion: Maps. San Francisco Chronicle Sept. 27, p. H1, H6.
Garcia-Ramon, Maria-Dolors, 2004. On Diversity And Difference In Geography:A Southern European Perspective. European Urban & Regional Studies v. 11, no. 4, p. 367-370.
Gibbs, Walter, 2004. Denmark: Move to Claim North Pole. New York Times, October 5, 2004 v. 154, no. 52993, p. A7.
Giles, Jeremy, 2004. Good metadata management. Records Management Bulletin, no. 120, p.25-26.
Godfrey, Bruce, 2004. INSIDE Idaho: A Case Study. PNLA Quarterly v. 69, no. 1, p. 7, 28.
Goh, Dion Hoe-Lian, Lim and others, 2005. Applying scenario-based design and claims analysis to the design of a digital library of geography examination resources. Information Processing and Management v. 41, no. 1, p.23-40.
Gowan, Steve, 2004. Ohio DOT’s VRS Network: Building the Nation’s First Statewide RTK GPS Infrastructure. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 12, p. 8-14.
Grady, Richard K., Geotechnology and Society: Homeland Security, Privacy, and Data Acquisition. EOM: Earth Observation Magazine v. 13, no. 7 URL: http://www.eomonline.com/Common/Archives/2004nov/04nov_Geotechnology.html.
Greenemeier, Larry, 2004. TV's Election Perk: 3-D Maps. Information Week November 8, 2004, no. 1013, p. 77.
Hadjimichalis, Costis, 2004. The Changing Geography of Europe: A Balkan And Southern European View. European Urban & Regional Studies v. 11, no. 4, p. 363—366.
Hall, James P, 2004. Development of an implementation plan for a geographic information system: case of Lincoln County. International Journal of Information Management v. 24, no. 3, p.267-275
Hanson, Susan, 2004. Who Are“We”? An Important Question for Geography's Future. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 715-722.
Hercock, Marion and Tonts, Matthew, 2004. From the Rangelands to the Ritz. Geography v. 89, no. 3, p. 214—225.
Herold, Ken, 2004. The Philosophy of Information. Library Trends Special Issue v. 52, no. 3, p. 373-665.
Hider, Philip, 2004. Australian Digital Collections: Metadata Standards and Interoperability. Australian Academic & Research Libraries v. 35, no. 4, p. 289-300.
Himschoot, Patricia H., Fernandez, Virginia and Arciet, Juan, 2004. Rio de la Plata and its Maritime Front Environmental Information System and Portal: tools used and lessons learned. Information Development v. 20, no. 4, p. 255-258.
Hurlburt, Paul, 2005. Completion of SRTM Data—a Historic Achievement. Pathfinder v. 3, no. 1, p. 16-18. URL: http://www.nima.mil/NGASiteContent/StaticFiles/OCR/janfeb05.pdf
Ibrahiml, Shahrozat and Edzan, N.N., 2004. Legal Deposit of Electronic Publications in Malaysia: 1988-2000. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science v. 9, no. 2, p. 63-78.
Jackson, Mike, Bohnenstiehl, Kyle R. and Van der Vink, Greg, 2004. EarthScope and the Plate Boundary Observatory GPS Network: a Telescope into the Earth. Professional Surveyor Magazine, v. 24, no. 11, p. 50, 52-53.
Johnson, James Noble, 2004. Q&A: Copyright of Survey Products. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 10, p. 36 and no. 11, p. 8-11, 14-15.
Jenks, Robert H. and Malecki, Jean M., 2004. GIS - A Proven Tool for Public Health Analysis. Journal of Environmental Health v. 67, no. 3, p. 34.
Jones, Barbara M., 2004. Hidden Collections, Scholarly Barriers: Creating Access to Unprocessed Special Collections Materials in America's Research Libraries. RBM v. 5, no. 2, p. 88-105.
Jones, Phillip J., Varghese, Vijith M. and Parsch, Janet H., 2004. Graduate Assistants at the University of Arkansas Libraries: Past, Future, and Significance, Part I. Arkansas Libraries v. 61, no. 4, p. 6-10.
Kearns, Gerry, 2004. The political pivot of geography. Geographical Journal v. 170, no. 4, p. 337-346.
Kent, Christine, 2004. Government Surveyors Find Solution for Standardizing Digital Mapping Data. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 20-22, 24.
Khalsa, Siri Jodha Singh and others, 2004. Space-Based Mapping of Glacier Changes Using ASTER and GIS Tools. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience & Remote Sensing v. 42, no. 10, p. 2177-2184.
Knetsch, Joe, 2004. Private Land Claims: Sources of the Problems. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 10, p. 50, 52-53.
Kwak, Gail Stern, 2004. Preservation of the United States Serial Set for Less Than One Dollar per Volume: Practical Advice from a Project in Progress. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 19-23.
Kwan, Mei-Po, 2004. Beyond Difference: From Canonical Geography to Hybrid Geographies. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 756—763.
LaGuardia, Cheryl, 2004. Global Cultures Made Easy. Library Journal v. 129, no. 16, p. 30-31.
Laliberte, Andrea S. and Others, 2004. Object-oriented image analysis for mapping shrub encroachment from 1937 to 2003 in southern New Mexico. Remote Sensing of Environment v. 93, no. 1/2, p. 198—210.
Latham, Alan and McCormack, Derek P., 2004. Moving cities: rethinking the materialities of urban geographies. Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 6, p. 701-724.
Lee, Bob, and Graefe, Alan, 2004. GIS: A Tool to Locate New Park and Recreation Services. Parks & Recreation v. 39, no. 10, p. 34-41.
Levitov, Deborah, 2004. Defining Information Literacy. Nebraska Library Association Quarterly v. 35, no. 4, p. 25-7
Limdberg, Anders, 2004. Environmental change, human efforts and nature management. Norwegian Journal of Geography v. 58, no. 4, p. 145-46.
Liverman, Diana, 2004. Who Governs, at What Scale and at What Price? Geography, Environmental Governance, and the Commodification of Nature. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 734—738.
Lubick, Naomi, 2004. Restricting Satellite Data Access. Geotimes v. 49, no. 11, p. 14-15. URL: http://www.geotimes.org/nov04/NN_FOIArestriction.html.
Lundy, M. Winslow and Hollis, Deborah R., 2004. Creating Access to Invisible Special Collections: Using Participatory Management to Reduce a Backlog. The Journal of Academic Librarianship v. 30, no. 6, p. 466-475.
Lynch, Kenneth, 2004. Expanding Horizons in a Shrinking World. Geography v. 89, no. 3, p. 201-202.
Mackinder, H. J., 2004. The geographical pivot of history (1904). Geographical Journal v. 170, no. 4, p. 298-321.
Mapping out a disastrous course. Geographical v. 76, no. 10, p.21.
Mas, Jean-François and others, 2004. Assessing land use/cover changes: a nationwide multidate spatial database for Mexico. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation & Geoinformation v. 5, no. 4, p. 249-261.
McCaffrey, Meg, 2004. School Data at Your Fingertips. School Library Journal v. 50, no. 10, p. 32.
McClure, Linda M., 2004. The William C. Wonders Map Collection [University of Alberta]. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin no. 120, p. 13-14.
McDaniels, Lisa C., Benson, Kitty P. and Jackelen, Nicole M., 2004. Cataloging Alaska. PNLA Quarterly v. 68, no. 2, p. 8-10, 21-2.
McNoleg, Oleg, 2004. Search Procedures for Geographers, By Geographers and Using Geographers. Transactions in GIS v. 8, no. 4, p. 401-405.
McPherson, Keith, 2004. Visual Literacy and School Libraries. Teacher Librarian v. 32, no. 2, p. 58-59.
Mei-Po Kwan, 2004. GIS Methods in Time-Geographic Research: Geocomputation and Geovisualization of Human Activity Patterns. Geografiska Annaler Series B: Human Geography v. 86, no. 4, p. 267-280.
Mitchell, Don, 2004. Geography in an Age of Extremes: A Blueprint for a Geography of Justice. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 764-770.
Mitchell, Gordon, 2004. The Ohio Company Purchase. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 58, 60-61, and no. 12, p. 51-52, 54.
Mitchell, Katharyne, 2004. Geographies of identity: multiculturalism unplugged. Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 5, p. 641-51.
Morag, Nadav, 2004. Cyprus and the Clash of Greek and Turkish Nationalisms. Nationalism & Ethnic Politics v. 10, no. 4, p. 595-624.
Murphy, Alexander B. and others, 2004. Is there a politics to geopolitics? Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 5, p. 619-640.
Pain, Rachel, 2004. Social geography: participatory research. Progress in Human Geography v. 28, no. 5, p. 652-663.
Parsons, Martha, 2004. The E-Gov Boom Years: Session at the WLA/PNLA joint conference. Alki v. 20, no. 3, p. 25-26.
Phillips, Linda L. and Williams, Sara R., 2004. Collection Development Embraces the Digital Age: A Review of the Literature, 1997-2003. Library Resources & Technical Services v. 48, no. 4, p. 273-299.
Poirier, Gayle, 2004. Library Instruction: Then and Now. Nebraska Library Association Quarterly v. 35, no. 4, p. 28-32.
Professional Surveyor Magazine, 2004. EDM Accuracy. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 10, p. 40-41.
Purnell, Jon B., 2004. [Review of] Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West [by Wallace Stegner] Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 42-43.
Prout, Dave, 2004. Why Embedded Indexes Are Different, Not Better. Key Words v. 12, no. 4, p. 134-6, 142.
Rezaeian, Mohsen and others, 2004. The production and interpretation of disease maps. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology v. 39, no. 12, p. 947-954.
Rhoads, Bruce L., 2004. Whither Physical Geography? Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 748—756.
Robinson, Tami E., 2004. Regional History: More Than Nostalgia: Historical sessions at the WLA/PNLA joint conference. Alki v. 20, no. 3, p. 8-9, 12.
Roy-Sole, Monique and Simpson-Lewis, Wendy, 2004. In tune with the times. Canadian Geographic v. 124, no. 6, p. 14-16.
Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves... Geographical v. 77, no. 1, p.23.
Russ, Karen, 2004. American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library. Arkansas Libraries v. 61, no. 3, p. 23-24.
Sandy, John H., 2004. Special Library in Montana Promotes Lewis and Clark Studies and Research: William P. Sherman Library and Archives. PNLA Quarterly v. 68, no. 2, p. 6-7.
Schmidt, Wilhelm A., 2004. A Sesquicentennial [Bascom and Sieger of Allentown, Pennsylvania] Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 52-53.
Schmidt, Wilhelm A., 2004. Riddles of the Compass. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 12, p. 44, 46.
Schutzberg, Adena, 2004. The View from Here: Geo-Lawsuits and You. EOM: Earth Observation Magazine v. 13, no. 8 URL: http://www.eomonline.com/Common/Archives/2004Dec/04dec_Editorial.html.
Sheppard, Eric, 2004. Practicing Geography. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 744—747.
Singleton, Paula R., 2004. Getting the Word Out: Promotion, Marketing, and Outreach for Government Information. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 24-7.
Smith, Lori L., 2004. An Overview of State Depository Library Programs. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 5-7.
Souers, Kathy L., 2004. The Library and the Community it Serves in Times of War: Everything Old is New Again. Florida Libraries v. 47, no. 2, p. 16-19.
Spies, Gregory C., 2004. Major Ellicott’s Triangulation: Crossing the Boundary between the Choctaw and the Creek Nations across the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Circa 1799. Part 2. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 9, p. 59-61.
Stedman, Richard and others, 2004. Integrating Wildlife and Human-Dimensions Research Methods to Study Hunters. Journal of Wildlife Management v. 68, no. 4, p. 762-773.
Stone, Amy, 2004. Flash Floods Drench University of Hawaii Library. American Libraries v. 35, no. 11, p. 16.
Terry, Tom, 2004. Geoaddress: Where Is It? Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 16-18.
Terry, Tom, 2004. The United States National Grid. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 10, p. 12[-]20.
Theng Yin-Leng, Goh Dion Hoe-Lian and Lim Ee-Peng, 2005. Applying scenario-based design and claims analysis to the design of a digital library of geography examination resources. Information Processing & Management v. 41, no. 1, p. 23-40.
Timár, Judit, 2004. What Convergence between What Geographies in Europe? A Hungarian Perspective. European Urban & Regional Studies v. 11, no. 4, p. 371-375.
Timmons, Heather, 2004. Where the Nighttime Never Ends. New York Times December 5, 2004 v. 154, no. 53054, Travel, p. 4.
Tuan, Yi-Fu, 2004. Cultural Geography: Glances Backward and Forward. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 729-733.
Tuck, Bobby, 2004. LiDAR: a New Perspective. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 11, p. 26-28.
Vartabedian, Mary L., 2005. Maps, Finding Our Way: Library Media Skills Unit. School Library Media Activities Monthly v. 21, no. 5, p. 17-18.
Vavrek, Donna L., 2004. Locating Information on West Nile Virus from Federal and State Sources. Louisiana Libraries v. 66, no. 3, p. 28-31.
Warren, S.D. and others, 2004. An evaluation of methods to determine slope using digital elevation data. Catena v. 58, no. 3, p. 215—233.
Westbrooks, Elaine L., 2004. Distributing and Synchronizing Heterogeneous Metadata in Geospatial Information Repositories for Access. In: Metadata in practice, p. 139-57. Chicago: American Library Association.
Westbrooks, Elaine L., 2004. A Vision for the Future: Cornell University's Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR), p. 445-464. In: Innovative redesign and reorganization of library technical services. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
White, James, 2004. MapCAD Labeling. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 12, p. 34-36.
White, James, 2004. Transform, by PrimaCode Technologies. Professional Surveyor Magazine v. 24, no. 10, p. 34-35.
Wood, Alberta Auringer, 2004. Joint ACMLA and CAPDU Conference at Congress 2004, May 30-June 4, Winnipeg, Conference Report. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin no. 120, p. 15-28.
Wood, Alberta Auringer, 2004. Map Cataloguing Survey 2004 Report. Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin no. 120, p. 29-46.
Williams, Kent, 2004. Imagery to Support USDA Agricultural Programs: The National Agricultural Imagery Program. EOM: Earth Observation Magazine v. 13, no. 7. URL: http://www.eomonline.com/Common/Archives/2004Dec/04dec_AgriculturalImagery.html.
Wolman, M.Gordon, 2004. The More Things Change. Annals of the Association of American Geographers v. 94, no. 4, p. 723-728.
Xia, Jingfeng, 2004. GIS in the management of library pick-up books. Library Hi Tech v. 22, no. 2, p.209-216.
U.S. Federal, State and Local Government News
FDLP Budget Cuts
The Government Printing Office (GPO) is proposing to significantly change the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), eliminating almost all print distribution to depository libraries. GPO has announced plans to produce and distribute in print only the 50 titles on the "Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper Format" list (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/estitles.html). The list hasn't been revised since 2000, however, and doesn't include maps, geological information, administrative decisions, and other legal materials, Senate and House reports, and Congressional documents and hearings. To supplement these titles, GPO plans to initiate a print-on- demand (POD) allowance program of $500 for selective depository libraries and $1500 for the 53 regional depository libraries, taking the place of a system that distributed print titles at no cost. The policy would take effect on October 1, 2005.
New Series of Pacific Crest Trail Maps Available
The first in a new series of richly detailed and durable maps covering the entire 2,650-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is now available, according to USDA Forest Service officials. The Southern California map, the first of ten, covers 250 miles from the Mexican border to north of Big Bear Lake on the San Bernardino National Forest (NF), near the city of San Bernardino, Calif. The map series provides detailed topographic and geographic coordinate information, trail elevation profiles and safety information. There are also details about access roads, trailheads and feeder trails that lead to the PCT. The colorful maps also include writeups and photographs of historical as well as ecological features along the way, including wildlife, flowers, trees and areas recovering from past wildfires.
Produced at a scale of one inch to the mile (1:63,360), the maps provide enough detail for most avid trail users but also feature short to moderate loops for overnight trips or family outings. The Southern California map can be obtained for $8 (eight dollars) by calling the National Forest Store map sales at 928-443-8285, or through http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/nationalforeststore, going to "Order Form" and looking under "Special Area Maps." The map is also available at outdoor recreation retail stores. Several more maps in the series will be available later this year.
Foreign Gazetteers Discontinued
Publication of Defense Mapping Agency Country gazetteers has been discontinued. A CD version of the gazetteers titled: Digital Interim Geographic Names Data (order number is 18912) is available for $15.00, plus $5.00 handling from the US Geological Survey The information contained in the gazetteers is also available through the GEOnet Names Server (http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/). The GEOnet Names Server (GNS) provides access to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names' (US BGN) database of foreign geographic feature names. The database is the official repository of foreign place-name decisions approved by the US BGN. Approximately 20,000 of the database's features are updated monthly. Foreign Names Information Bulletin (FNIB) provides up-to-date information regarding the place-name decisions of the Foreign Names Committee (FNC) of the US BGN. The Bulletin is issued electronically on a quarterly basis. All issues of the Bulletin are available in Adobe portable document format (.pdf) and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing. Contributed by Sheryle Girk-Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
New LC Country Studies
Several newly-updated short profiles of countries around the world are now available from the Library's Federal Research Division. New profiles on China, Mali and South Korea have been added to the site. For more information on the Library of Congress’ Country Studies, see the Country Studies web site at: http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/.
NRCS Publishes New Montana Soil Surveys
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has recently published soil surveys for Sweet Grass and Jefferson Counties. Soil surveys furnish soil maps and interpretations used for making land use planning and management decisions.
NRCS soil scientists mapped 904,100 acres in Sweet Grass County, identifying 139 soil series, and 603,500 acres in Jefferson County, where they identified 180 soil series. When the mapping was completed, the soil information was entered into the National Soil Information System database, correlated and certified to meet National Cooperative Soil Survey standards, and digitized. More information about the Montana soil survey program can be found on the NRCS soil survey webpage (http://www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/soils/index.html). The soil surveys are available at no cost from the Montana NRCS field office.
NOAA nowCOAST Web Mapping Portal
In a effort to improve maritime safety and commerce and to monitor physical changes in weather, oceanographic and river conditions, NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, introduces nowCOAST. nowCOAST is a Web mapping portal providing the coastal community with real-time coastal observations and NOAA forecasts for major U.S. estuaries and seaports, coastal regions and the Great Lakes. With a few simple mouse clicks, users will be able to access thousands of real-time observing stations and forecast locations.
Developed by NOAA’s National Ocean Service’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory, nowCOAST’s (http://nowcoast.noaa.gov/) provides real-time observations of meteorological, oceanographic, hydrological and water quality data from federal, state and educational observing networks on land and water. The NOAA forecasts include NOAA’s National Weather Service marine and weather forecasts, atmospheric, oceanographic, and river forecast guidance from NWS computer models, as well as oceanographic forecast guidance from National Ocean Service estuarine forecast models.
nowCOAST allows users to specify location, type of observation or forecast, variables (e.g. water level, air temperature, wave height); and time. Users control geographic location through standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, including zooming in and out to change map scale; using the pan tool to move to specific locations; and overlaying different datasets for comparison purposes, such as marine forecasts and coastal observations. By combining these capabilities, nowCOAST provides a rapid way to discover and view a wide range of real-time observational and NOAA forecast information.
The nowCOAST web portal will be monitored in the future by the Continuous Operational Real-Time Monitoring System of the National Ocean Service’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services to ensure reliable operation and that web links are kept current. The development of nowCOAST was funded by a two-year grant from NOAA and its Satellites and Information Service’s Environmental Services Data and Information Management Program. The portal seeks to support one of the key ESDIM program objectives to improve access to NOAA environmental data and information for scientists and decision makers.
Print Notice to Mariners Ceases
In December, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) changed the way U.S. Notice to Mariners are made available to the maritime community. With the printing and distribution of U.S. Notice to Mariners 52/04, NGA has published the last hardcopy version of this historical maritime safety publication.
Published weekly since 1869, the U.S. Notice to Mariners contains time-sensitive update information for all U.S. Government charts and publications that are produced by the NGA, the National Ocean Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. Also included in each U.S. Notice to Mariners publication is other pertinent maritime safety information that affects the safety of life at sea and safe navigation around the globe. Until December, it was the oldest continuous U.S. Government publication, it never missed a publication date and it had the highest printing priority after the Congressional Record.
Despite the long and noble record of the hardcopy production and distribution of the U.S. Notice to Mariners, it is no longer the most efficient means to provide critical navigational information to NGA’s military and civilian customers around the world. Computer and communication technologies make worldwide data transmission both rapid and reliable. For over five years, mariners have had electronic access to complete and fully equivalent digital versions of this publication far in advance of their receipt of a mailed hardcopy version.
NGA will continue to provide digital versions of the U.S. Notice to Mariners, available free-of-charge, via the Internet at http://pollux.nss.nga.mil/index. Mariners have the option of downloading a complete digital version of the publication or performing database queries for any of the information in the document. In addition, a new e-mail subscription service is now available at this site that will automatically forward a digital version of the U.S. Notice to Mariners every week to any requesting customer. Finally, for those customers who still require a hardcopy version mailed to them, commercial printing companies will offer this service for a fee. The phase out of hardcopy U.S. Notice to Mariners production will eliminate associated printing costs and promote environmentally sound business practices. On average, NGA printed and distributed 10,000 copies of this publication each week to customers around the globe. If stacked in a column, the annual volume of U.S. Notice to Mariners would measure roughly the height of 40 Washington Monuments.
NGA Invites Comment on Aeronautical Chart Proposal
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced November 18, 2004, it is considering withdrawing its Flight Information Publications (FLIP), Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF), and Navigation Planning Charts from public sale and distribution. NGA has proposed to implement the changes on October 1, 2005. Today, NGA invites public comment on the proposed action through June 30, 2005. Comments may be returned to: email@example.com or mailed to:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Mail Stop D-111, Attn: Public Release of Aeronautical Products
4600 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 20816-5003
If the proposed change in policy is adopted, FLIP, DAFIF, and navigation planning charts will be available only through the Department of Defense (DOD) distribution system. U.S. Federal and State government agencies and authorized government contractors will not be affected by this action. The Agency is considering this action principally because increased numbers of foreign source providers are claiming intellectual property rights or are forewarning NGA that they intend to copyright their source. NGA relies on foreign data obtained through bi-lateral geospatial information sharing agreements and through direct purchase from private foreign companies. This foreign produced source is merged and integrated with NGA produced data to create and maintain the aeronautical data and products in question.
NGA and its predecessor organizations (NIMA and DMA) have published DOD’s flight information products since the late 1940s to support the worldwide missions of DOD aircraft and have made some products available to the public since 1973. The publications are sold to the public through the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Geospatial One-Stop Version 2 Portal Contract
ESRI, Inc. has been awarded a contract to develop the Geospatial One-Stop Version 2 portal for geodata.gov. The portal, an online tool for combining and making geospatial data and resources from federal, state, local and private sources available on the Web.
A Version 2 functional requirements document was released as a Request for Comments (RFC) on July 15, 2004 for a 30-day public review. This RFC incorporated expanded OGC specifications, enhancements and recommendations from the workshop and lessons learned from experiences with Version 1. The 30-day public review resulted in responses from 36 different sources, a total of 215 comments, which were incorporated into the functional requirements.
New functions to be included in Version 2 of geodata.gov include an intuitive GIS novice & first-time user experience, a Java Specification Request (JSR) portlet user interface, portlet implementation so GOS Catalog search can be included in others’ portal applications, greater Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) interoperability, true Web Feature Service (WFS) support, 5-second or faster response to queries and a Web-based channel management tool.
Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Map
The U.S. Geological Survey recently released Scientific Investigations Map 2825, which covers Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area (NCA). The Conservation Area was created by Congress in 1999 and is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The NCA is the downstream continuation of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Unlike the almost inaccessible depths of the Gunnison River canyon within the National Park, several hiking trails provide access to the canyon within the NCA. Much of the attraction of the NCA is due to its spectacular geologic formations, which document a geological history that extends to more than a third of the age of the Earth itself. This one sheet map shows not only some of these geological features, but highlights some of the more interesting ecological and human-interest aspects of the Gunnison River gorge.
The fascinating geologic story of the Gunnison Gorge is too complicated to describe on this map so a separate, companion publication, The Geologic Story of Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, Colorado, Professional Paper 1699 (Order #116252) is available for $10.00 plus $5.00 handling. A limited supply of a fact sheet describing the geology of the Gunnison Gorge NCA (Order #116039) is also available; the Fact Sheet is free, but a $5.00 handling fee will be charged. The Fact Sheet is also available through the web at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2004/3050/.
The map can be viewed and downloaded free at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2004/2825. A print edition of the map is from Information Services, U.S. Geological Survey (1-888-ASK-USGS). Orders may be placed through the USGS Store at: http://store.usgs.gov. Contributed by Sheryle Girk-Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Landsat Gap Filled Product
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed development of a major new product enhancement for Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) data captured after the Scan Line Corrector (SLC) failure. Gap-filled product options will now allow the data merge of one or more SLC-off fill scenes for generation of a final gap-free image. Users may select from up to four SLC-off scenes, in addition to an optional SLC-on scene, to create a final data merged product. The technique used to generate the new product is similar to the previous gap-filled products. The major advantage of this new product is a much improved temporal match of fill scenes used to produce the final image. The SCL-off to SCL-off product will now allow the use of scenes from consecutive passes to fill the gaps of the target scene.
The cost of the new SLC-off to SLC-off product option is $300 per scene. Data products that are generated using only Landsat 7 SLC-on data for the gap-fill (acquired prior to the SLC failure) will continue to be offered at the previous price of $275 per scene. Standard SLC-off products (with the data gaps included) or SLC-off interpolated products are also available for $250 per scene.
This new product represents a continuing effort by the USGS Landsat Project at the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to increase the utility of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) data affected by the non-functional scan line corrector. Previously released products designed to compensate for the scan line corrector problem include a fully interpolated option and an SLC-on to SLC-off data merge option. The USGS is continuing to research other methods of providing merged data products and will continue to provide information resulting from this work as it becomes available.
For more information on the current Landsat 7 SLC-off product options, downloadable sample products, and detailed information on gap-filled processing, please visit the Landsat Project website: http://landsat.usgs.gov/slc_off.html. Contributed by Sheryle Girk-Jackson, email@example.com
Order National Archives Records Online
The National Archives and Records Administration recently announced that all of their most frequently requested records in the Archives now can be ordered online. Forms are available online at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/orderonline.html. The site requires that users register and pay with a credit card. Using Order Online, researchers can order copies of passenger arrival records; copies of specific pages from the Federal census; copies of Eastern Cherokee applications; copies of Federal land entry files, Federal military pension files for the Revolutionary War through the Civil War; and military service records for the Revolutionary War through the Spanish American War. The archives will also continue to accept paper forms. Paper forms can be ordered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the toll free number, 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272- 6272).
USGS Budget Request Released
The FY2006 budget request for the US Geological Survey is $933.5 million. It refocuses research priorities to ensure that USGS not only maintains, but also builds upon its expertise in the areas of science most needed by today’s land managers and other decision makers. The budget strengthens USGS efforts in earth observation, natural hazards research and warning systems, ecosystem studies, biology, and water availability by adding $50.5 million in new funding, which is offset by redirecting $36.7 million from lower priority research activities.
The 2006 budget will also allow Interior to continue operation of the current Landsat 7 satellite and partner with NASA and NOAA to begin building and testing a ground system that will download and archive data from the Landsat follow-on mission. The budget proposes $19.5 million for these land remote sensing activities. Other increases to the USGS budget in 2006 include $2.3 million in biological research, including increases to meet the science needs of Interior bureaus and to support research activities in the Grand Canyon. Additionally the budget adds $500,000 for geothermal assessments to detect sources capable of producing electricity, and $912,000 to strengthen ecosystem studies in Puget Sound to assist local governments and tribes in addressing restoration issues resulting from increasing populations. The 2006 budget will continue to implement the President's Management Agenda for strategic management of human capital, competitive sourcing, improved financial performance, expanded e-government, and budget and performance integration. The USGS budget provides $2.2 million in support of these efforts.
LIDAR Used to Map Mt. St. Helens Change
U.S. Geological Survey and NASA scientists studying Mount St. Helens are using high-tech Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) instrumentation to analyze changes in the surface elevation of the crater, which began deforming in late September 2004. With data derived from LIDAR, scientists can more accurately map the dimensions of the uplift and create better models to forecast volcanic hazards. LIDAR shows that in the two weeks before Oct. 4, the new uplift grew to the height of a 35-story building (110 meters or 360 feet) and the area of 29 football fields (130,000 square meters or 0.05 square miles). LIDAR mapping uses a scanning laser rangefinder mounted in a small aircraft to measure distances from the aircraft to the ground several tens of thousands of times each second and commonly measures the ground position at points a meter apart with vertical accuracy as good as 10 centimeters (4 inches).
In 2003 the USGS contracted for a LIDAR survey of Mount St. Helens. In early September this year, USGS and NASA scientists began detailed planning for a second survey, contracted by NASA, which would extend the area covered by the first survey. But when the mountain began rumbling on Sept. 23, USGS and NASA scientists accelerated plans and re-surveyed the mountain on Oct. 4. The topographic changes resulting from the current unrest at Mount St. Helens are shown in detail in the Oct. 4, 2004, LIDAR survey. Some of the Mount St. Helens features related to the volcanic unrest that can be visualized in the new LIDAR-derived Digital Elevation Model (DEM) include growth of a new volcanic dome south of the 1980-1986 volcanic dome and new steam-and-ash vents.
Comparison and analysis of the DEMs from the two surveys by Haugerud and Harding show that, as of Oct. 4, 2004, 5.3 million cubic meters (6.9 million cubic yards) of volume change has occurred in the area of uplift. This analysis confirms photogrammetric measurements made over the same period by the USGS. For more information, including a synthetic fly-through of the crater and a map of changes at Mount St. Helens between September 2003 and Oct. 4, 2004, see http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Monitoring/LIDAR/ and http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/mshelenslidar.html. The September 2003 LIDAR survey will be available from The National Map, http://nationalmap.usgs.gov. Upon delivery of a final product, the Oct. 4, 2004, LIDAR survey will be distributed on behalf of NASA by the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (http://www.iagt.org) through the EarthScope project data portal (http://www.earthscope.org/).
San Francisco Bay Area Earthquakes & Faults
A new map, titled Earthquakes and Faults in the San Francisco Bay Area (1970-2003) has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey. This earthquake map of the greater San Francisco Bay Area depicts both active and inactive faults and earthquakes with magnitudes of 1.5 to 7.0. Twenty-two earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 and greater are indicated on the map and listed chronologically in an accompanying table. The data cover the time period from 1970 to 2003.
The bathymetry on the map was generated from a digital version of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maps and hydrographic data for San Francisco Bay. Elevation data came from the U.S. Geological Survey National Elevation Dataset. Fault data was reproduced from the California Geological Survey; earthquake data came from the Northern California Earthquake catalog. The Landsat satellite image was produced from seven Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus scenes.
Earthquakes and Faults in the San Francisco Bay Area (1970-2003) (Order # 116286) is available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2004/2848 or can be purchased from the USGS store (http://store.usgs.gov) for $7.00 plus $5.00 shipping & handling. Contributed by Sheryle Girk-Jackson, email@example.com
New Los Angeles County Seismic Hazard Maps
The California Geological Survey released five new official Seismic Hazard Zone maps for areas in Los Angeles County in early February. These maps show the risk of liquefaction and landslides in portions of Los Angeles County. In addition, three preliminary maps also released. The official Seismic Hazard Zone Maps cover the Rosamond, Del Sur, Lancaster East, Lancaster West and Alpine Butte Quadrangles. Little Buttes Quadrangle was also evaluated, and no seismic hazard zones were identified, so only an evaluation report will be issued. The preliminary maps that were released cover Yorba Linda, which now covers the San Bernardino County, Orange County and Los Angeles County portions of the quadrangle, as well as the Castle Rock Ridge Quadrangle in Santa Clara County and Mindego Hill Quadrangle in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. These and other Seismic Hazard Maps can be viewed on the California Geological Survey SHMP web site at http://gmw.consrv.ca.gov/shmp/.
California Vegetation Map GIS Website
The Wieslander Vegetation Type Map (VTM) collection is a large data set compiled in the 1920s and 30s that consists of photographs, species inventories, and hand-drawn vegetation maps for all of California. The project was spearheaded by Dr. A. E. Wieslander of U.C. Berkeley. The data provide an excellent snapshot of vegetation in the state of California in the early 20th century, which makes the collection an invaluable resource for researchers examining changes in land cover and use, or those working on habitat restoration. The present version of the VTM Project, a collaboration between groups at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis, is to digitize the dataset so that all the data will be available for download and protected from deterioration. For more information see the Wieslander Vegetation Type Map web site at: http://kellylab.berkeley.edu/vtm/. Contributed by Phil Hoehn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Geological Survey Online Bookstore
The Colorado Geological Survey now has an online bookstore for the sale of publications, maps, and CDs. It is located at: http://dnr.state.co.us/geostore/default.aspx. User feedback would be appreciated. In addition, the CGS now has a link to downloadable data and publications on their web site at: http://geosurvey.state.co.us/Default.aspx?tabid=32.
New Idaho Publications and Maps
The Idaho Geological Survey has released several new maps and publications. They include maps in the IGS Digital Web map series, a book on the Snake River Plain and digital data.
Tectonic and Magmatic Evolution of the Snake River Plain Volcanic Province, IGS Bulletin no. 30, edited by Bill Bonnichsen, Craig M. White and Michael McCurry is a collection of papers on the Snake River Plain and Yellowstone region ($75.00 + shipping and handling). Digital Database 1, Database of the Mines and Prospects of Idaho is an inventory of the Idaho’s historic mining activity and production. It contains information on over 8,800 mining properties from many sources. It is available for $45.00 + shipping and handling. The data can also be downloaded from the IGS web site (http://www.idahogeology.com/index.cfm).
New Oregon Maps
Several new maps in the Digital Web Maps series are also available, including Surficial Geologic Map of Part of the Mount Coeur dAlene Quadrangle, Kootenai County, Idaho (DWM-30), Surficial Geologic Map of the Fernan Lake Quadrangle, Kootenai County, Idaho (DWM-31), Surficial Geologic Map of the Rockford Bay Quadrangle, Kootenai County, Idaho (DWM-32), Surficial Geologic Map of the Mica Bay Quadrangle, Kootenai County, Idaho (DWM-33), Surficial Geologic Map of the Lake Fork Quadrangle, Valley County, Idaho (DWM-34) and Surficial Geologic Map of the McCall Quadrangle, Valley and Adams Counties, Idaho (DWM-35) are available. These maps can be viewed and printed from the web. Orders should be placed through the Idaho Geological Survey, Publication Sales, University of Idaho, PO Box 443014, Moscow, ID 83844-3014, Tel: (208) 885-7991, Fax (208) 885-5826.
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recently released several new geologic maps in digital form. They include Geologic Map of Josephine County, Oregon by L. Ramp, and N.V. Peterson (Open File Report O-04-13), which was adapted from an IGS report by the same authors that was published in 1979. This new digital version of the original map from Bulletin 100 includes newly compiled metadata but does not include the original 45 page written report. In addition, Geologic Map of the La Grande Reservoir Quadrangle, Union and Baker Counties, Oregon by Ian P. Madin (Open File Report O-04-06) has also been released. These Open File Reports are available on CD-ROM for $10 from the Nature of the Northwest Information Center (NNW), 800 NE Oregon Street #5, Portland, Oregon, 97232. Printed copies of the map are available for $15.
New Utah Geologic Maps
The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) recently published geologic maps of the Saratoga Springs and Cedar Fort quadrangles. The quadrangles (each quadrangle covers approximately 55 square miles) are in the northwest part of Utah County and cover the north end of Lake Mountain and adjacent Cedar and Utah Valleys. These areas, including the towns of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs, are experiencing rapid suburban development as communities expand westward from the Wasatch Front. The maps are published in full color at a scale of 1:24,000. They depict the distribution of rock and sediment types and reveal the fascinating geology of this area and why the landscape looks like it does. A third plate provides descriptions of the rocks and sediments mapped in the quadrangles, as well as cross sections and an explanation of map symbols.
Lake Mountain is part of a large, north-trending syncline (a U-shaped fold) that is ringed by alluvial-fan deposits and sediments and shoreline features of Ice Age Lake Bonneville. Both maps show large areas of sand and gravel deposited along the shorelines of Lake Bonneville.
Modern alluvial fans, created by debris flows, are shown, as well as several earthquake faults, including those of the Utah Lake fault zone along the west margin of Utah Lake.
These maps were completed as part of a multi-year project to map the geology of the rapidly growing western Utah and Salt Lake County areas, and were jointly funded through a cooperative agreement between the UGS and the U.S. Geological Survey under the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. The maps are sold together as UGS Maps 201 and 202 for $11.95 and are available at the Natural Resources Map & Bookstore, located at 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City (801) 537-3320 or 1-888-UTAHMAP.
Washington State Hazard Maps
In response to the Nisqually earthquake of 2001, the Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources was awarded a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Washington Emergency Management Division to develop two types of earthquake hazard maps for every county in the state, liquefaction susceptibility maps, which outline areas where water-saturated sandy soil loses strength during earthquake shaking, and NEHRP (National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program) site class maps, which outline areas where soils amplify ground shaking. The maps will be used by State and local governments to update existing hazard mitigation plans and to delineate geologically hazardous areas under the Growth Management Act.
The liquefaction susceptibility and site class maps and reports (as PDF files) and GIS data for each county may be downloaded from ftp://188.8.131.52/geology/hazards/hmgp/ [folder: liquefaction_suscep_nehrp_site_class_maps]. International Residential Code Seismic Design Category Maps of Washington are also available on the DGER web site. These maps show seismic design categories in Washington to assist local building officials, property owners, developers, and design engineers in the implementation of the new Residential Codes adopted by the State Legislature in 2003. The IRC seismic design category maps (as PDF files) may be downloaded from: ftp://184.108.40.206/geology/hazards/hmgp/ [folder: irc_seismic_design_category_maps].
New Wyoming Maps
The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has recently released several new maps including a statewide map titled Industrial Minerals and Construction Materials Map of Wyoming. This map replaces the original version of Map Series 47 published in 1996. The map is now available in hard copy and will eventually be available on CD-ROM. The map is available for $30 plus $6 shipping and handling per map; orders for multiple maps may cost less to ship. In addition to this map, two intermediate-scale maps of the Casper and Torrington areas in Wyoming have also been released. These are preliminary versions of maps recently compiled by the Geologic Mapping and the Industrial Minerals and Uranium Sections at the WSGS. They are Preliminary geologic map of the Casper 300 x 600 Quadrangle, Natrona and Converse counties, central Wyoming, by J. Hunter, A.J. Ver Ploeg, and C.S. Boyd (WSGS Open File Report 04-9) and Preliminary geologic map of the Torrington 300 x 600 Quadrangle, Goshen and Platte counties, Wyoming and western Nebraska, by F. McLaughlin and R.E. Harris (WSGS Open File Report 04-11). Both maps cost $10.00 + 3.55 Shipping & Handling. All of these maps can be purchased from the WSGS Publications Sales by phone (307) 766-2286 ext. 224, fax (307) 766-2605, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Metadata Specialist for User Projects. The University of Virginia Library seeks an innovative, service-oriented individual to provide direct user support for the organization, description, and documentation of original digital scholarly projects.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Digital Research and Instructional Services, the Metadata Specialist for User Projects works as a team member to help define, plan, and implement digital scholarly projects and collaborates with users to define standard vocabularies, taxonomies, thesauri, or other relevant authority schemas. Serves as a member of the DRIS public services team to educate and train users in the use and application of Library standards and practices; conduct regular training sessions on metadata concepts, needs, and issues. Keeps current on standards and practices related to metadata and digital resource management and identifies possible local applications. Serve as a member of the Library's Metadata Steering Group and as a liaison between DRIS and Cataloging. Conduct original research related to metadata and digital resource management and report on findings. Identify and participate in professional development opportunities. The full posting can be found at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/HR/faculty.html.
Qualifications: Required: Master's degree in library science or in a relevant field and experience in an academic library setting. Strong experience in public service and user education. A background in the development of metadata and digital resource management. Demonstrated ability with several major metadata standards and basic familiarity with others (e.g, MARC, Dublin Core, TEI, FGDC, DDI, VRA, METS, MODS). Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to a generalist audience; demonstrated skills in project management. Commitment to professional development. Preferred: Experience with programming or scripting languages such as Perl or XSLT. General understanding of digital library technologies and directions.
Salary and Benefits: Competitive depending on qualifications. This position has general faculty status with excellent benefits, including 22 days of vacation and TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans. Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled. Send in print or electronic format, a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail), and phone numbers of three references to: Mr. Alan R. Napier (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Library Human Resources, Alderman Library, PO Box 400114, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4114.
Assistant Reference Librarian, Colorado School of Mines' Arthur Lakes Library. RESPONSIBILITIES: Include staffing the reference desk; providing instruction and assistance to library users, including instruction on electronic resources; database searching; reference collection development activities; creation and maintenance of content-rich web pages and online bibliographic guides; serving as a liaison to academic departments; participating on library and campus committees; engaging in professional, scholarly, and service activities; participating in general operations of the reference section; and special projects as assigned. Some evening and weekend hours required.
The Colorado School of Mines is a doctoral-granting institution devoted to engineering and applied science, particularly in the areas of energy, mineral, and materials science and engineering. The Arthur Lakes Library is a specialized technical library that supports the educational and research goals of the Colorado School of Mines and serves as a regional center for information in engineering and science. The Library staff consists of 10 library faculty and 10.5 FTE support staff. For more information about CSM, the Arthur Lakes Library, and the work environment please see: http://www.mines.edu/library.
REQUIRED: Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited school, and either a bachelor's degree in a science/engineering field or at least one year of experience in science/engineering library reference.
PREFERRED: A strong public service orientation, adaptability to a rapidly changing information environment, and good communication skills are of extreme importance. Must demonstrate potential for professional growth and development. A second master's degree in a science/engineering field; additional library experience in science/engineering field; additional library experience in science/engineering; and experience with computer applications, including electronic applications. Salary: Minimum $35,000, negotiable commensurate with experience. In addition, CSM offers an excellent benefits and leave package.
Candidates should send a letter of application, resume, photocopy of transcripts and the names and phone numbers of 4 professional references to: Office of Human Resources - Search #00-461010 Colorado School of Mines 1500 Illinois Street Golden, CO 80401
Government Documents & Maps/Reference Librarian: West Chester University of Pennsylvania Library, to begin August 2005. Tenure-track faculty position; 9-month appointment; some evening and weekend hours required; additional summer work available. Tenure and promotion require meeting faculty standards for scholarship, professional growth, and service. Duties include: providing leadership and planning for the operation of the government documents and maps department; assuming responsibility for the transition of government information and maps to an increasingly electronic environment; working with acquisition and cataloging units to insure quality bibliographic control of government documents, maps and geospatial resources; serving as member of library GIS services program; reference work; library instruction; and collection development for criminal justice, geography, political science and social work.
Required qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent; knowledge of and familiarity with U.S. government publications and maps; excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and collegially in a changing environment.
Preferred qualifications: Knowledge of emerging trends in government information dissemination; knowledge of GIS services/experience with GIS software; experience in a depository library; reference and instructional experience; 2nd Master’s degree or Ph.D.
Starting rank and salary: Instructor or Assistant Professor, $38,269-$44,301, depending on qualifications and experience. West Chester University is located in the historic town of West Chester, Pennsylvania less than one hour from Philadelphia. The University’s website address is http://www.wcupa.edu. An affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Review of applications begins March 7, 2005; position open until filled. Applicants must successfully complete the interview process to be considered a finalist. Send letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to Patricia Newland, Chair, Government Documents Librarian Search Committee, F.H. Green Library, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA 19383.
Social Science Data Services Librarian, Northwestern University Library. RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Head, Government Publications & Maps Department, the Social Science Data Services Librarian is responsible for collection management and services of the Social Science Data Services (SSDS) unit of the department. Serves as Northwestern University's Official Representative to the ICPSR. Evaluates and selects commercial data products not available through membership to ICPSR or Roper. Works with appropriate faculty to plan and implement user education and outreach programs. Responsible for group instruction to social science classes that use raw data files. Consults individually with faculty and students to assist in identifying appropriate data resources for their research and teaching. Plans and implements staff training programs related to SSDS. Actively participates in the planning, decision-making, and continuing innovation of the department's services and programs. Shares responsibility for providing quality reference service at the department's reference desk including evening and weekend hours. Represents the library at professional meetings related to data services. Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Experience with numeric data resources and familiarity with current issues, technologies, and software applications related to such resources. Ability to identify, access, and use data resources. Experience organizing data files and working with users to provide data services support. Must be a highly motivated self-starter with excellent communication skills who can work cooperatively and effectively with all levels of staff and users in an ever-changing environment. Demonstrated commitment to providing quality reference service. Willingness to participate in professional activities related to data services. Two or more years of relevant experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with government statistical and numeric data resources. Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the social sciences.
ENVIRONMENT: The Government Publications and Maps Department is a strong service-oriented component of the Public Services Division. The collection consists of over two million items including paper and electronic resources, data files, microfiche, and maps. The Department is a designated depository for the publications of the United States Government (since 1876, currently selects 80%), United Nations, European Union, and the World Tourism Organization and the State of Illinois. The staff consists of five librarians, 4.5 support staff and varying numbers of student assistants. Northwestern University's Evanston campus is located on the shore of Lake Michigan fifteen miles north of downtown Chicago and has an enrollment of 14,000 students. SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TO APPLY: Send letter of application and resume, including the names of three references to Peter J. Devlin, Personnel Librarian, Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208 2300 or <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Further information regarding the department may be found at http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govpub.
Data Services Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries. The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Data Services Librarian. The Libraries’ innovative spatial and numeric data services program provides access to data resources and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and training. The program serves faculty, students, and staff across the university. These services are based in the Research and Information Services Department (14 librarians, 4 support staff, and graduate assistants) and involve collaboration with others throughout the Libraries. Collaboration also takes place with Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) colleagues, faculty-led research groups, University Extension, and digital library colleagues across the country and internationally. The Libraries is a selective Federal documents depository and a member of the InterUniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
RESPONSIBILITIES: Develops and delivers spatial and numeric data resources and services, including GIS, that support teaching, research, and extension at the university. Consults with faculty and students to analyze data needs and to locate and deliver data in appropriate formats. Working closely with library colleagues, participates in the selection, organization, delivery, updating, and archiving of data collections. Collects and develops metadata and maintains awareness of metadata standards and trends. Provides instructional sessions and develops Web-based tutorials, data documentation, and research resources. Educates library staff in the use of data resources to cultivate excellent reference service. Participates in outreach and collaboration with state and local government agencies. Participates in departmental and library planning; serves on library-wide and University committees, task forces, and teams. NCSU Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Reports to the Head, Government Information Services.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have experience with spatial and numeric data resources and familiarity with current issues, technologies, and software applications related to those resources. Ability to identify, retrieve, and use data resources. Familiarity with statistical software packages such as SAS or SPSS. Experience using electronic government resources that provide statistics and data. Understanding of the educational mission of a research university and a demonstrated service orientation. Outstanding written and oral communications and interpersonal skills are essential. Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution. An ALA-accredited MLS or relevant advanced degree such as in Information Science or Geography is required, with the ALA-accredited MLS preferred. Two or more years’ relevant experience preferred. Complete information about this vacancy is available at http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/personnel/jobs/epa_vacancies/C600416.html.
Head of Information and Instruction Services, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont. The University of Vermont Bailey Howe Library seeks a creative, energetic and user-oriented librarian to lead the Information and Instruction Services Department (8 faculty and 5.75 staff). This person provides leadership, planning, coordination, direction, and supervision for the Department s programs, faculty and staff. The position reports to the Dean of Libraries and Chief Information Officer and works collaboratively with the other units in the libraries: Collection Management Services, Research Collections, Systems, and the Dana Medical Library.
The Information and Instruction Services Department provides reference and research assistance and instruction to the University community. Department holdings include a reference collection of more than 40,000 volumes, extensive database subscriptions, a Documents depository with a 90% selection rate, and an extensive maps collection. The Bailey/Howe Library is the main library at the University of Vermont, which is the largest institution of higher education in the state, with a student body of 7,400 undergraduates and 1,600 graduate students enrolled in nine schools and colleges.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants are required to hold an MLS degree from ALA-accredited program or international equivalent; a minimum of 5 years professional experience with progressive responsibility; a demonstrated record of leadership in a rapidly changing information and technology environment; excellent facilitation, interpersonal relations, and communication skills; demonstrated success in management, supervision, and mentoring; demonstrated record of planning and implementing services and programs; experience in reference and library instruction; a broad knowledge and understanding of trends in reference, information literacy instruction, and information services and issues in higher education; and a record of creative and scholarly work and service commitment commensurate with appointment to the level of Library Associate Professor or above.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with government information; experience with maps and geographic information systems; management and supervisory experience as head of a unit or department; significant experience in an academic or research library; second master s degree.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full position description available at http://library.uvm.edu/about/jobs/iandi.html.
SALARY AND APPLICATION INFORMATION: Appointment will be made at the library faculty rank of Library Associate Professor or Library Professor, non-tenure track. Salary is commensurate with experience with a minimum salary of $65,000. Benefit package includes TIAA/CREF or alternative plan, managed health care plan, and 22 days of annual paid vacation.
Review of application is to begin immediately and shall continue until position is filled. Send letter of application, vita, and names and contact information for three professional references to Marianne Burke, Chair, Head Information and Instruction Search Committee, Bailey/Howe Library, 538 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0036 or electronically to Marianne.email@example.com.
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