The dataset has as attributes, many demographic variables from 1990 Census data.
The metadata for this data set are encapsulated into several documents and graphics files. The metadata are not complete if you did not receive the following files along in the data set:
parishes.mtd - this metadata in mp (metadata parser) compatible ASCII text form parishes.html - this metadata in HTML form parishes_faq.html - this metadata presented as Questions and Answers parishes.sgml - this metadata in SGML form parishes1.gif - thumbnail graphic of data set
If these data are altered or incorporated into another dataset, they are not to be redistributed without also: altering the name of the dataset, including a Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998) compliant metadata file that describes the dataset and reflects the alteration steps that makes the new dataset different from this one, and citing this dataset in the metadata as a source for the altered dataset using the source citation specified below.
If these digital data are used in the production of a report or in the compilation of a standalone printed map, then this dataset is to be cited in the report or on the map using the source citation specified below.
The following source citation is to be used when citing this dataset: LOSCO Environmental Baseline Inventory Dataset 'Parish Boundaries of Louisiana from LDOTD source data, Geographic NAD83, LOSCO (1998) [parishes]'
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Two parishes in Louisiana each consist of two separated areas. These are St. Martin and West Feliciana. Because the data set is a 'region' dataset, both areas of a parish are selected as one object, and the attributes for that parish represents the sum for the two areas.
The resultant .dgn file was converted to an Arc/Info coverage, topology was built, and the dataset projected to geographic coordinates NAD83. The Arc/Info dataset was converted to a shapefile and the attributes of each parish polygon populated using the MAPS&DATA data.
These data have been developed from the best available sources. Although efforts have been made to ensure that the data are accurate and reliable, errors and variable conditions originating from physical sources used to develop the data may be reflected in the data supplied. Users must be aware of these conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, scale, resolution, rectification, positional accuracy, development methodology, time period, environmental and climatic conditions and other circumstances specific to these data. The user is responsible for understanding the accuracy limitations of the data provided herein. The burden for determining fitness for use lies entirely with the user. The user should refer to the accompanying metadata notes for a description of the data and data development procedures.
Although these data have been processed successfully on computers at the LOSCO, no guarantee, expressed or implied, is made by LOSCO regarding the use of these data on any other system, nor does the act of distribution constitute or imply any such warranty. Distribution of these data is intended for information purposes and should not be considered authoritative for navigational, engineering, legal and other site-specific uses.