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Getting Help with the NPS Cultural Resource Spatial Data Standards

Background Definition of a Spatial Data Transfer Standard
Purpose and Benefit Contents of the Cultural Resource Spatial Data Standards
Who the Cultural Resource Standards Apply to Getting Help
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If the goal of creating the cultural resource spatial data standards is to promote the sharing of more accurate, reliable and authoritative cultural resource spatial data for the purposes of resource stewardship within the NPS, then the standards apply to anyone creating or collecting cultural resource data that others would need to access to for planning, protection or maintenance purposes. Certainly if one of the existing park, regional or program descriptive databases contains information regarding a cultural resource, spatial data should be created for that resource that meets the standards. Similarly, legacy data, or locational information stored in an existing database, should be converted into spatial data (points, lines, polygons) that meet the standards, bearing in mind the accuracy exceptions for this older data.