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NCSU Libraries

Lead institution: North Carolina State University Libraries

Partner: North Carolina Center for Geographic Information & Analysis.

Subject:The project will collect and preserve digital geospatial data resources, including digitized maps, from state and local government agencies in North Carolina. Geospatial data are created by a wide range of state and local agencies for use in applications such as tax assessment, transportation planning, hazard analysis, health planning, political redistricting, homeland security and utilities management. The geospatial resources targeted by the NCSU Librariesí project include digitized maps, geographic information systems (GIS) data sets, and remote sensing data resources such as digital aerial photography. A wide range of state and local agencies create these forms of data for use in tax assessment, transportation planning, hazard analysis, health planning, political redistricting, homeland security and utilities management. State and local agencies frequently offer more detailed and up-to-date geospatial data than federal agencies. However, these entities are by definition decentralized, and their dissemination practices focus almost exclusively on providing access to the most current data available, rather than any older versions. Although this project will focus solely on North Carolina, it is expected to serve as a demonstration project for other states. (See: www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/gis.php?p=329&more=1)


The above was excerpted from:
Building Preservation Partnerships: the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, by William Lefurgy. Published in Library Trends ("Digital Preservation" issue), Deborah Woodyard-Robinson, editor; Volume 54 Number 1, Summer 2005. [Read the full article (PDF)]