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Review of edgematchimg procedures for digital cartographic data used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Open-File Report 89-579

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Abstract

In the process of developing a continuous hydrographic data layer for water resources applications in the Pacific Northwest, map-edge discontinuities in the U.S. Geological Survey 1:100 ,000-scale digital data that required application of computer-assisted edgematching procedures were identified. The spatial data sets required by the project must have line features that match closely enough across map boundaries to ensure full line topology when adjacent files are joined by the computer. Automated edgematching techniques are evaluated as to their effects on positional accuracy. Interactive methods such as selective node-matching and on-screen editing are also reviewed. Interactive procedures complement automated methods by allowing supervision of edgematching in a cartographic and hydrologic context. Common edge conditions encountered in the preparation of the Northwest Rivers data base are described, as are recommended processing solutions. Suggested edgematching procedures for 1:100,000-scale hydrography data are included in an appendix to encourage consistent processing of this theme on a national scale. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Review of edgematchimg procedures for digital cartographic data used in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
89-579
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1989
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey ; Books and Open-File Reports Section [distributor],
Description:
iii, 11 p. :ill. ;28 cm.