U.S. National Atlas Public Land Survey

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Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Originator: ESRI
Publication_Date: 20100630
Title: U.S. National Atlas Public Land Survey
Edition: 10
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Series_Information:
Series_Name: ESRI® Data & Maps
Issue_Identification: 10 - World, Europe, and United States
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Redlands, California, USA
Publisher: ESRI
Other_Citation_Details: Location: \usa\other
Description:
Abstract:
U.S. National Atlas Public Land Survey represents the Public Land Surveys (for example, donation lands, land grants, and public and private surveys of public lands) of the United States.
Purpose:
U.S. National Atlas Public Land Survey provides the Public Land Surveys for geographic display and analysis at regional and national levels.
Supplemental_Information: Largest scale when displaying the data: 1:1,000,000.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Multiple_Dates/Times:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 1972-2002
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 200301
Currentness_Reference: ground condition: 1972-2002; publication date: 200301
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Annually
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -179.133392
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 179.788210
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 71.398194
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.674692
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: polygon
Theme_Keyword: public land survey
Theme_Keyword: public land survey system
Theme_Keyword: township
Theme_Keyword: range
Theme_Keyword: private surveys
Theme_Keyword: land grants
Theme_Keyword: civil colonies
Theme_Keyword: donation land claims
Theme_Keyword: unsurveyed areas
Theme_Keyword: Indian lands
Theme_Keyword: military reservation
Theme_Keyword: planningCadastre
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Place_Keyword: U.S. Virgin Islands
Temporal:
Temporal_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Temporal_Keyword: 1972-2002
Temporal_Keyword: 2003
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Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: ESRI
Contact_Person: ArcGIS Content Team
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 380 New York Street
City: Redlands
State_or_Province: California
Postal_Code: 92373-8100
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 909-793-2853
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 909-793-5953
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: info@esri.com
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Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 1; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.1.0.706

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
The shapefile is converted to SDC (Smart Data Compression) format using either tools in ArcGIS or ESRI SDC Data Development Kit Professional 2 (DDKP2). The SDC data set is then imported into a file geodatabase to verify and validate the geometry.
Completeness_Report:
After processing, the data set is checked for drawing display and number of records and file sizes compared with source materials.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report:
The geospatial part of this data set was originally extracted from 1:500,000 and 1:1,000,000-scale state base maps for the western U.S. states and USGS topographic 1:100,000-scale maps for the eastern U.S. states. Data from both sources were integrated into the 1:2,000,000-scale State boundary Digital Line Graph (DLG) files produced by the U.S. Geological Survey. The positional accuracy of the 1:2,000,000-scale State boundary Digital Line Graph (DLG) files is known to be 1,720 meters. The positional accuracies of the other sources are unknown.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
National Atlas of the United States and the U.S. Geological Survey
Publication_Date: 200301
Title: Public Land Survey System of the United States
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia, USA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Other_Citation_Details: The data set was downloaded from the web site in November 2004.
Online_Linkage: <http://www.nationalatlas.gov/atlasftp.html>
Source_Scale_Denominator: 2000000
Type_of_Source_Media: online
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 1972-2002
Source_Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: National Atlas
Source_Contribution: Attribute and geospatial data
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The following steps were performed by ESRI: Downloaded plss00p020.tar.gz from the National Atlas of the United States® web site and extracted the shapefile. Added attributes TOWNSHIP, RANGE, and TWNRNG and created their values from parsing the values of the FEATURE2 attribute. Reduced the attribute widths of FEATURE1, FEATURE2, FEATURE3, NAME1, NAME2, and STATE. Renamed attribute AREA to SQMI and calculated its values. Removed unneeded attributes. Created ArcGIS® layer file (.lyr), projection file (.prj), and spatial indices.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: National Atlas
Process_Date: 20050306

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: G-polygon
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 90919

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.000009
Longitude_Resolution: 0.000009
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid_Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257224

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: publdsur
Entity_Type_Definition:
The polygons represent the Public Land Survey which is a rectangular system of surveys devised to subdivide public domain lands within United States; in addition are donation land claims, Indian lands, land grants, civil colonies, military reservations, overlapping land grants, private surveys, unsurveyed areas, and areas not part of the Public Land Survey System within United States.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: ObjectID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FEATURE1
Attribute_Definition: The primary survey area type.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Donation Land Claims
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area that was allocated to a settler under the Donation Act of September 27, 1850 to preserve the rights of pre-statehood settlers claimed prior to the regular division of townships and ranges.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Indian Lands
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Land granted to native Americans and excluded from the public domain.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Land Grants, Civil Colonies
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area of land to which title was conferred by a predecessor government and confirmed by the U.S. Government after the territory in which it is situated was acquired by the United States.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Military Reservation
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
A military or lighthouse reservation that limits the public lands.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Not Part of Public Land Surveys System
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: An area that is outside of the Public Land Survey System.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Overlapping Land Grants
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area of land to which more than one title was conferred by a predecessor government and confirmed by the U.S. Government after the territory in which it is situated was acquired by the United States. These areas are the result of survey error or disputed claims.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Private Survey
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: An area of private surveys of public domain lands.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Public Survey
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area of land subdivided by the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), which was originally created on public domain lands and the rules for its use were defined by the authority of the U.S. Government. The PLSS has since been extended, following similar rules, into non- public domain areas.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Unsurveyed Area
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area that is part of the public domain but which has not been subdivided.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Water
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Areas of navigable streams and meanderable lakes which are excluded from the Public Land Survey System.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FEATURE2
Attribute_Definition: The township and range designation for the area.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
There is no predefined set of valid township and range designations. Designations are in the format "Township xxx aaaaa Range yyy bbbb", where xxx and yyy are numbers, aaaaa is either North or South, and bbbb is either East or West.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FEATURE3
Attribute_Definition: The secondary survey area type.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Land Grants, Civil Colonies
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area of land to which title was conferred by a predecessor government and confirmed by the U.S. Government after the territory in which it is situated was acquired by the United States.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: Overlapping Land Grants
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
An area of land to which more than one title was conferred by a predecessor government and confirmed by the U.S. Government after the territory in which it is situated was acquired by the United States. These areas are the result of survey error or disputed claims.
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NAME1
Attribute_Definition:
The primary name of the survey area. This is the principal meridian, Ohio base, or land grant name.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: GeoData Data Users Guide 1
Codeset_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NAME2
Attribute_Definition:
The secondary name of the survey area. This is an additional land grant name.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Atlas of the United States and the United States Geological Survey
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: GeoData Data Users Guide 1
Codeset_Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: STATE
Attribute_Definition:
The two-letter abbreviation for each state in which the survey area is located.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Codeset_Domain:
Codeset_Name: Federal Information Processing Standards 5–2
Codeset_Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: TOWNSHIP
Attribute_Definition: The abbreviated township designation for the area.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Designations are in the format "Txxxa", where xxx is a number and a is either N or S.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: RANGE
Attribute_Definition: The abbreviated range designation for the area.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Designations are in the format "Ryyyb", where yyy is a number and b is either E or W.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: TWNRNG
Attribute_Definition: The abbreviated township and range designation for the area.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Designations are in the format "Txxxa Ryyyb", where xxx and yyy are numbers, a is either N or S, and b is either E or W.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SQMI
Attribute_Definition: The area of the survey area in square miles.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Calculated areas for the features.

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: ESRI; ESRI Offices
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 380 New York Street
City: Redlands
State_or_Province: California
Postal_Code: 92373-8100
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 800-447-9778
Contact_Instructions:
In the United States, contact the ESRI Telebusiness staff at 800-447-9778 for more information about our software and data.
Outside the United States, please direct all inquiries to your local ESRI Office. This information can be found at <http://www.esri.com/company/locations.html>.
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Distribution_Liability: See use constraints.
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Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: SDC
Format_Specification:
The SDC file contains the geospatial and attribute data. The SDI file contains the spatial index. The PRJ file contains the coordinate system information (optional). The XML file (*.sdc.xml) contains the metadata describing the data set (optional).
File_Decompression_Technique: ArcGIS® software
Transfer_Size: 7.483
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Offline_Option:
Offline_Media: DVD–ROM
Recording_Capacity:
Recording_Density: 4.38 or 7.95
Recording_Density_Units: GB (gigabytes)
Recording_Format: UDF (Universal Disc Format)
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Technical_Prerequisites: To use this data requires software that supports SDC files.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20050307
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: ESRI
Contact_Person: ArcGIS Content Team
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 380 New York Street
City: Redlands
State_or_Province: California
Postal_Code: 92373-8100
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 909-793-2853
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 909-793-5953
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: info@esri.com
Hours_of_Service: 7:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Pacific time, Monday–Friday
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Metadata_Extensions:
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