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GIS Resources Available in Joyner Library




What is available?


At the current time there are approximately 42 matches that meet the subject keyword search for Maps Databases using Horizon as the search engine. These range from Census Data to CD-ROM Atlases to TIGER Files, and so on.


Where do you find these resources?


All digitally imaged maps meeting these criteria can be found in the Government Documents Section of Joyner Library. These files are formatted as Computer Files or Maps. They are located behind the desk in the CD-ROM section of the Reference Office.


What kind of software and hardware is necessary to run these CD-ROM map images?


While there are a few CD images that are in MS-DOS format, the majority of the files require additional hardware and software to enable one to access the map images. Most files require one of the following: LANDVIEW II, DATAVIEW, ADOBE ACROBAT, or ARCVIEW/ ARCINFO.


What are the files? What do they contain? What is necessary to access and image these files?


·         U.S. Geological Survey digital data series. CD-ROM Atlas of the deepwater parts of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

(These files run on MS-DOS Platform).


·         U.S. Geological Survey digital data series. Geology of the conterminous United States at 1: 2,500,000 scale. A menu driven digital version of King and Beikman’s  1974 map, with a searchable copy of the text and figures from their Professional Paper 901 describing the map’s historical background and limitations.

(Data provided in the U.S. Geological Survey Mapper for DOS, ARC/INFO version 6.1.1 Export, Digital Line Graph (DLG), Map Overlay Statistical System (MOSS), and Drawing Exchange File formats (DXF).


·         Census of population and housing (1990). Congressional Districts of the United States. Provides census data by states for congressional districts that redrew or revised congressional district boundaries subsequent to the 103rd  Congress (Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia). Summary provides complete population data based on the 1990 census “long form” and “short form”. (Maps are saved as compressed zip files).


·         Geological Survey (U.S.). 1: 2,000,000 scale digital line graph data that covers the conterminous United States plus Hawaii; and includes categories: boundaries, hydrography, man-made features, public land surveys, and transportation.

(ASCII, and DLG datafiles. Must have ARCVIEW/ ARCINFO).


·         TIGER/ Line files 1994. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division. Extracts of selected geographic and cartographic information from the Census Bureau’s Census TIGER system, containing data describing points, lines and areas on Census Bureau maps and providing information on streets, rivers, railroads, and other line features, where they intersect and the areas they enclose.

(These files are saved as compressed zip files).


·         TIGER/ Line files 1992, and 1990 Census of population and housing / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Congress, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, Bureau of the Census. This contains mapping of selected EPA- regulated sites, demographic and economic information from the 1990 census, and key geographic features of the United States.

(Must install LANDVIEW II hardware and software).


·         U.S. Geological Survey. Capital Cities of the United States. Digital raster graphic data.

(Contains ARCVIEW version 1.0 for windows software. Hardware is needed).


·         Geological Survey (U.S.). Geology and resource assessment of Costa Rica at 1: 500,000 scale [computer file]. Digital versions of geology and resources assessment maps originally published in 1987. Seven layers are available: geology and faults; gold mining area geology; favorable domains for selected deposit types; Bouguer gravity contours and lineaments; isostatic gravity contours; mineral deposits; prospects; and occurrences; and rock geochemistry sample points.

(Accompanied by MAPPER display software). Needs ARCVIEW to run images.


·         U.S. Geological Survey (1997). Maps showing geology, oil and gas fields and geological provinces of Africa [computer file].

(Data saved in Adobe Acrobat format).


·         National Imagery and Mapping Agency. Vector map level 0. Geographic area of coverage: South America, Africa, and Antarctica.

(VPFVIEW or METADATA that requires ARCINFO).


·         National Imagery and Mapping Agency. Vector map level 0. Geographic area of coverage: North America, Greenland, and Iceland.

(VPFVIEW or METADATA that requires ARCINFO).


·         TIGER Line files (1997). Bureau of the Census. Data User Services. TigerLine 97 includes: updated street names and address ranges based on the United States Postal

Services Delivery Sequence File; TIGER street network as of summer 1997; boundaries for the 105th Congressional Districts; boundaries of incorporated places with populations of 2,500 or more as of January 1, 1997; and feature additions for selected countries.

(Topograpically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing. Does not contain the software that is necessary to display or generate maps).


·         Geological Survey (U.S.). Atlas of GLORIA sidescan imagery of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States. Contains GLORIA sidescan imagery of all deep-water portions of EEZ of the U.S. mapped during 8 years of data collection, accompanied by tutorial overviews of plate tectonics, remote sensing with GLORIA, and highlights of features from the 11 geographic areas. Interactive links to word definitions, enlarge images, shaded relief images, and geological maps make this CD an attractive tool for teaching.



·         Geological Survey (U.S.). Geology and mineral resource assessment of the Venezuelan Guayana Shield at 1: 500,000 scale. Contains vector-based digital maps of Venezuela Guayana Shield originally produced as paper maps in 1993 USGS bulletin.

(Runs on Adobe Acrobat and ARCVIEW).


·         United States Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hazardous Materials Response and Assessment Division. ESI Atlases, upper Texas coast. Data characterize coastal environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil. It includes information for 3 main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human resources.

(Adobe Acrobat).


·         Geological Survey (U.S.). Digital orthophoto quandrangle data: U.S. Geodata / U.S. Geological Survey. North Carolina counties include: Orange, Chatham, Forsyth, New Hanover, Washington, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Wake, Camden, Cowan, Curritick, Durham, Alamance, Gates, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Rowan, Henderson, Hertford, Pasquotank, Johnston, and Hyde.

(DOC files with compressed JPEG formatted images. Do not contain image viewing software).