What's going to happen to the products and services of the National Atlas?
The National Atlas of the United States will be removed from service on September 30, 2014. Some of its products and services will continue to be available from The National Map (nationalmap.gov) while others will not. Everything currently available from the National Atlas will remain accessible until the end of September. We encourage you to explore nationalatlas.gov and to retrieve any products of lasting use to you.
What follows is more information about the future availability of the nine products and services currently delivered by nationalatlas.gov. We will update this information as the year progresses.
National Atlas products and services:
1. nationalatlas.gov (updated June 24, 2014)
2. Map Maker (updated March 11, 2014)
3. National Atlas Data (updated July 7, 2014)
This spring we are delivering new and updated framework map layers at one million-scale, including:
This spring we also released Global Map editions of many of these datasets (June 24, 2014).
Later this year we will deliver other new small-scale framework datasets at one million scale, including Federal Lands, Indian Lands, and Wilderness Areas. We will not produce an urban areas dataset as originally planned.
Here is a list of framework datasets (PDF 178 KB) that will be delivered by The National Map.
Thematic data spans all chapters of the National Atlas. These topical areas include agriculture, biology, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, people, transportation, and water. No new thematic datasets will be produced. Those that are available from the National Atlas now will continue to be available for download at no cost from Earth Explorer. National Atlas thematic datasets are also catalogued in other systems such as the Geospatial Platform and Data.Gov to facilitate discovery.
This is the current page for downloading all National Atlas Data. It will be removed on September 30, 2014.4. National Atlas Data Documentation (updated May 1, 2014)
All small-scale datasets are delivered with detailed documentation that adheres to the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.This includes new and revised framework datasets being delivered this year. All small-scale framework data will also be documented for inclusion in the National Geospatial Program's Digital Product Standards and Specifications.
This is the current page for viewing all National Atlas Data Documentation. It will be removed on September 30, 2014.
5. National Atlas Web Services (updated May 1, 2014)
Web services for small-scale thematic data will be discontinued on September 30, 2014. Existing Web services for small-scale framework data will continue to be offered until new services are developed for delivery through The National Map.
6. Printable Maps (updated May 1, 2014)
7. Wall Maps (updated March 11, 2014)
The Set of Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features will also be delivered via nationalmap.gov. There are no plans to update this Dynamic Map. This is the current link to the Set of Topographic Maps Illustrating Physical Features.
Regarding the Tapestry of Time and Terrain, a redesigned Web site was in development, but was not finished. Working files were provided to USGS National Geologic Map Database project members, who may complete this development. This is the current link to the Tapestry of Time and Terrain.
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