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Cornell's CUGIR Now Available on the Web

Magazine article Information Today

Cornell's CUGIR Now Available on the Web

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Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library has announced that the Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR), a new collection of databases, is now available on the Web. CUGIR is a searchable, browsable, online repository of data about agriculture, ecology, natural resources, and social-political information in New York state, all keyed to precise geographic locations.

Through partnerships with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Soil Information Systems Laboratory at Cornell, CUGIR provides over 3,000 data files that can be downloaded without cost or use restrictions.

According to the library, the data is in special file formats in which almost any kind of information can be linked to precise latitude and longitude coordinates. A database on roads, for example, includes the coordinates of all the points on a road linked to information about things like the kind of pavement, the address ranges of buildings located on that road, and what government entity is responsible for maintaining it.

Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) can display such data as maps, and many databases can be combined into a single display, for example, to show roads and waterways overlaid on elevation data to create a topographic map. This in turn could be combined with geopolitical data, like census records or land-use zoning.

The data in CUGIR has been pulled together from a wide variety of sources, including government databases not previously available to the public, according to Philip Herold, information services coordinator for Mann Library. …

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