Digital Mapping Techniques '99 -- Workshop Proceedings
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-386

Geological Map Production at the Geological Survey of Canada

By Vic Dohar and Dave Everett

Geological Survey of Canada
601 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0E8
Telephone: (613) 943-2693
Fax: (613) 952-7308


The Cartography Section of the Geoscience Information Division produces geological maps encompassing a variety of geo-scientific data. The Cartographic Database Standards (CDS) ensures that this data is managed in an efficient manner for map production and archival purposes. The benefits of CDS allow geologist and cartographers to integrate and update data seamlessly, provide consistent and uniform digital data to the geoscience community, and ensure that map production is portable between cartographers. While CDS forms the framework of digital geological data, the Geological Mapping System (GEMS) is the tool cartographers use to create the geological maps. Essentially, GEMS is comprised of programs and a graphical user interface that adapts the cartographic database standards and utilizes the strengths of Arc/Info in a map production environment. Benefits of such a system are to increase productivity by using universal methods and applications, and lessen the learning curve of software as complex as Arc/Info. Further information on CDS and GEMS, including downloading possibilities can be obtained from in the Procedures and Specifications section

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