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Fact Sheet 2011–3042

The National Map

By Larry J. Sugarbaker and William J. Carswell, Jr.


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The National Map comprises a variety of products and services that provide the Nation with access to base geospatial information to describe the landscape of the United States and its territories. The National Map ( supports data download, digital and print versions of topographic maps, geospatial data services, and online viewing. Customers can use geospatial data and maps to enhance their recreational experience, make life-saving decisions, support their scientific missions, and for countless other activities. Nationally consistent geospatial data from The National Map enable better policy and land management decisions and the effective enforcement of regulatory responsibilities.

The National Geospatial Program (NGP) ( of the U.S. Geological Survey manages The National Map. Partners and other organizations produce and maintain a vast array of high-quality geospatial data. A significant objective of the NGP, through the Partnership Network (, is to leverage these assets through mutually beneficial partnerships that ensure the ongoing availability of current data consistent with National Spatial Data Infrastructure principles.

Supersedes FS 2006-3107

First posted May 2, 2011

For additional information contact:
Jeff Dietterle
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 810
Reston, Virginia 20192

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Suggested citation:

Sugarbaker, L.J., and Carswell, W.J., Jr., 2011, The National Map: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2011–3042, 4 p. (Also available at

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