April 23, 2003
Contact: Christopher M. Keane (703) 379-2480

Seven CD-ROM Global GIS Data Set
Available from AGI

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Geological Institute (AGI) announces the availability of all seven (7) CD-ROMs of the Global GIS Digital Atlas developed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and AGI. The Global GIS database contains a wide range of information from the USGS archives and from other public domain sources, including geology, hydrology, volcanoes, seismicity, ore deposits, energy resource data, climate data, and ecological regions. Other useful geographical and cultural data, such as country boundaries, locations of cities, elevations, population density, roads, airfields, and utility lines, are also included in the atlas.

    "We think this is a fantastic educational opportunity," said Marcus E. Milling, AGI Executive Director. "The integration of these data at a global scale will help demonstrate basic principles of Earth science and provide the most effective kind of instruction for students. Furthermore, the data package dovetails very well with AGI's existing K-12 curricula."

    "Through this partnership, our organizations can work together to facilitate access to global spatial data sets and easy-to-use GIS tools, and also provide a global perspective on Earth science issues," said Barb Ryan, USGS Associate Director for Geography. "Such a global perspective is a natural progression from the national perspective provided by The National Map and the National Atlas."

    At a scale of 1:1 million or approximately 1 km resolution, the data are ideal for government officials, researchers, educators, the private sector, and the general public for conducting regional-scale customized analyses using the GIS software provided with the atlas or using commercially available ArcView software. The agreement also provides significant opportunities for expanding the use of global geospatial data, particularly for incorporation into new educational materials.

    Regional CD-ROMs are available for North America, Europe, Central and South America, Africa, North Eurasia, South Asia, and the South Pacific. The world atlas on DVD-ROM will be available in mid-2003. The Global GIS Series is available from AGI at a list price of $29.95 for each of the regional CD-ROMs, or $180.00 for the complete seven (7) CD-ROM set, and $149.95 for the DVD-ROM. Members of AGI member societies receive a 20% discount. Orders may be placed through the AGI Publications Center at, or by mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail (American Geological Institute, Attention: Publications Center, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, Tel: (703) 379-2480, Fax: (703) 379-7563, E-mail: For deliveries in the contiguous U.S., please add $7.00 for postage and handling costs for the first CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and $1.25 more for each additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Postage and handling costs for the seven (7) CD-ROM set are $9.50. Orders to addresses in Maryland and Virginia are subject to the applicable sales tax. All orders must be prepaid. Please make your check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. funds payable to the American Geological Institute. AGI also accepts VISA and MasterCard. Orders are shipped by UPS Standard Service, whenever possible, and take two to three weeks for delivery. For additional information or for costs for overseas shipping, contact the AGI Publications Center.

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