May 2010: New Data Dissemination Service
The ND State Water Commission, a member of the ND GIS Technical Committee, has developed a new map service designed for the purpose of distributing large geographic datasets, particularly LiDAR, to the general public. Given the size of these datasets, the mapservice was designed to provide an efficient delivery system capable of targeting areas of concern within the overall areal extent of any particular dataset. The self-service design of this site greatly reduces staff time and allows North Dakota to make these valuable datasets available to North Dakota’s GIS community.
The data available from this site will generally include original data (i.e., bare earth, raw, grid formats when provided by the contractor, etc.) as derived data products (i.e., contours, re-sampled grids, mosaics, etc.) are probably best created by users with individual project goals in mind. Data can be selected as individual tiles, by box and polygon graphics, or by geographic polygons such as watersheds, townships, or counties. Any new large datasets such as LiDAR that become available in the state will be added to this service as time and resources permit. Current datasets include the Red River (2009), Maple River (2003), Sheyenne River (2002) and Bismarck/Mandan (2009) LiDAR collects. Additional LiDAR collects within the state will be added as they become available.