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Seven CD-ROM global GIS data set available from AGI

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the availability of all seven (7) CD-ROMs of the Global GIS Digital Atlas developed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and AGI. The Global GIS database contains a wide range of information from the USGS archives and from other public domain sources, including geology, hydrology, volcanoes, seismicity, ore deposits, energy resource data, climate data, and ecological regions. Other useful geographical and cultural data, such as country boundaries, locations of cities, elevations, population density, roads, airfields, and utility lines, are also included in the atlas.

"We think this is a fantastic educational opportunity," said Marcus E. Milling, AGI Executive Director. "The integration of these data at a global scale will help demonstrate basic principles of Earth science and provide the most effective kind of instruction for students. Furthermore, the data package dovetails very well with AGI's existing K-12 curricula."

"Through this partnership, our organizations can work together to facilitate access to global spatial data sets and easy-to-use GIS tools, and also provide a global perspective on Earth science issues," said Barb Ryan, USGS Associate Director for Geography. "Such a global perspective is a natural progression from the national perspective provided by The National Map and the National Atlas."

At a scale of 1:1 million or approximately 1 km resolution, the data are ideal for government officials, researchers, educators, the private sector, and the general public for conducting regional-scale customized analyses using the GIS software provided with the atlas or using commercially available ArcView software. The agreement also provides significant opportunities for expanding the use of global geospatial data, particularly for incorporation into new educational materials.

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Contact: Christopher M. Keane
keane@agiweb.org
703-379-2480
American Geological Institute
20-Jun-2003


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