Preserving the Layers: Storage and Metadata for Geographic Information Systems

  • Jonathan D. Cartledge Smith College
Keywords: GIS, cataloging, standards


This paper is an introduction to maps created with Geographic Information Systems, or, GIS. It describes the makeup and uses of these electronic maps and goes on to describe how this material is cataloged, utilizing CSDGM and ISO 19115 standards. The paper concludes by chronicling a couple of pilot projects conducted at Smith College to store, catalog and retrieve these files.

Author Biography

Jonathan D. Cartledge, Smith College

Jon Cartledge is the Digital Imaging Specialist at Smith College. He has a B.A. in Anthropology, an MFA in Printmaking, and a masters in Library Science. He has presented at both regional and national VRA conferences and recently finished three terms as the secretary of the Visual Resource Association of New England. He is also a printmaker and a former board member of the Boston Printmakers. He has shown internationally and his work is in the collections of the University of Arkansas and the University of Cincinnati.

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