ALACARTE user manual

Open-File Report 91-587- C
Compilation of digital geologic maps and associated databases with ALACARTE, an easily used menu interface cast in geologic terms that controls ARC/INFO, a commercial geographic information system
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ALACARTE offers a convenient way to compile geologic maps in the computer as spatial databases that can be used to prepare both cartographic images and analytic derivatives. It is a menu-controlled shell, organized in geologic terms, that provides on-screen control of the program ARC/INFO, a commercial geographic information system (GIS). Input can be from imported scans, digitizer tracing, or on-screen tracing or mapping with a mouse-controlled cursor over a digital topographic base, and interactive editing can be done on-screen using a broad suite of edit functions. Compilations begun in other digital systems can be imported for completion as digital databases in ARC/INFO. The digital files that represent a geologic map can be used to prepare near-publication-quality color plots of the maps with full symbology or to create high-quality printing negatives. These files also constitute a digital database that can be used for computer-based query and analysis as well as for digital distribution of the map and associated data.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title ALACARTE user manual
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 91-587
Chapter C
DOI 10.3133/ofr91587C
Edition Version 3.5; Updated 2011
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey,
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Western Region Geology and Geophysics Science Center, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description xvi, 268 leaves :ill. ;28 cm.; An Author's Retrospective on ALACARTE; Readme;
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y