Soils Derived from Soil Survey Information System (SSIS), Selected Minnesota Counties

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Metadata Summary

Originator Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota
Abstract The original data was created from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS, formerly SCS) county soil survey maps using the University of Minnesota's Soil Survey Information System (SSIS). SSIS is a non-GIS computer program originally created in the mid-to-late 1970s, that displays soil information on a section-by-section basis, along with associated soil unit attributes. SSIS data quality varies considerably since the software and methods of creating the data evolved over time. Earlier methods assumed that each public land survey section was a perfect one mile square, an assumption that created georeferencing problems later on. Many of the SSIS files were then converted to EPPL7 raster GIS format with 5 meter by 5 meter grid cells, using 1:24,000-scale section corners to establish the geo-referencing. Finally, the sections were combined into larger files; in most cases, each larger file covers one public land survey township. Most of the EPPL7 files have been converted to ARC/INFO coverages, either by the University of Minnesota or by the Land Management Information Center. Note: the GIS data sets do not include soil unit attributes found in the tables in the printed soil surveys.
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Time Period of Content Date
Currentness Reference The source data are the county soil surveys, published by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). LMIC was not provided with a record of the dates of the surveys used, so the following list is taken from the printed surveys held at LMIC. On occasion (e.g., Beltrami), pre-publication NRCS mylars were likely used.

For each county included in this data set, the following list indicates the publication date of the survey (with the 'ground conditions date' from the survey noted in parentheses) and whether the survey is modern (based on current classification standards) or outdated (based on a classification standard no longer considered acceptable). See the Governor's Council report referenced in Section 5 of this document for a more complete explanation of the classification standards.

Beltrami County Area, 1997 (1986), Modern
Benton, unpublished (1996), Modern
Big Stone, 1995 (1988), Modern
Blue Earth, 1978 (1973), Modern
Brown, 1988 (1983), Modern
Chippewa, 1982 (1979), Modern
Chisago, 1995 (1989), Modern
Cottonwood, 1979 (1977), Outdated
Dodge, 1961 (1956), Outdated
Douglas, 1975 (1969), Outdated
Faribault, 1994 (1988), Modern
Goodhue, 1976 (1972), Outdated
Houston, 1984 (1980), Modern
Jackson, 1988 (1983), Modern
Kandiyohi, 1987 (1984), Modern
Kittson, 1979 (1972), Outdated
Le Sueur, 1989 (1985), Modern
Lyon, 1978 (1975), Modern
Mower, 1989 (1984), Modern
Murray, 1990 (1985), Modern
Norman, 1974 (1968), Outdated
Olmsted, 1980 (1977), Modern
Pennington, 1984 (1980), Modern
Pipestone, 1976 (1969), Outdated
Redwood, 1985 (1981), Modern
Rock, 1988 (1983), Modern
Stearns, 1985 (1980), Modern
Steele, 1973 (1967), Outdated
Stevens, 1971 (1963), Outdated
Swift, 1973 (?), Modern
Traverse, 1990 (1985), Modern
Wilkin, 1989 (1984), Modern
Winona, 1994 (1986), Modern
Yellow Medicine, 1981 (1978), Modern
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Redistribution conditions: In obtaining this data from LMIC, it is understood that individuals or organizations have the right to use it for any internal purpose. If data is modified, changes should be documented in a metadata record that should accompany all redistributed data. If data is transmitted or provided in any form to another user, the data MUST be accompanied by a copy of this disclaimer and all documentation provided with the original data set, including the full metadata record.
Distributor Organization Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC)
Ordering Instructions LMIC has posted most county data sets online for free download. These data sets are in Arc/INFO export and shapefile formats, UTM Zone 15, NAD83. The 'Web Download Page' accessed via the 'Online Linkage' field shows which county data sets are available for download. All county data sets have been posted, with the exception of those counties where data errors precluded conversion or where SSURGO data is available. Some county data sets are missing pieces, as noted in the README file bundled with the data set.
Online Linkage Click here to download data. (See Ordering Instructions above for details.) By clicking here, you agree to the notice in "Distribution Liability" in Section 6 of this metadata.

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Soils Derived from Soil Survey Information System (SSIS), Selected Minnesota Counties

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Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota
Title Soils Derived from Soil Survey Information System (SSIS), Selected Minnesota Counties
Abstract The original data was created from Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS, formerly SCS) county soil survey maps using the University of Minnesota's Soil Survey Information System (SSIS). SSIS is a non-GIS computer program originally created in the mid-to-late 1970s, that displays soil information on a section-by-section basis, along with associated soil unit attributes. SSIS data quality varies considerably since the software and methods of creating the data evolved over time. Earlier methods assumed that each public land survey section was a perfect one mile square, an assumption that created georeferencing problems later on. Many of the SSIS files were then converted to EPPL7 raster GIS format with 5 meter by 5 meter grid cells, using 1:24,000-scale section corners to establish the geo-referencing. Finally, the sections were combined into larger files; in most cases, each larger file covers one public land survey township. Most of the EPPL7 files have been converted to ARC/INFO coverages, either by the University of Minnesota or by the Land Management Information Center. Note: the GIS data sets do not include soil unit attributes found in the tables in the printed soil surveys.
Purpose As stated in an undated SSIS brochure, the original SSIS data was used by county extension offices to show landowners maps of the soils on their property. It was primarily intended to provide easy and fast access to soil information for specific land parcels. In GIS format, the data is intended for general analysis at the township or county level, not for site-specific analysis. It is distributed as a best available interim product until SSURGO is completed for these counties (see SSURGO reference under 'Associated Data Sets').
Time Period of Content Date
Currentness Reference The source data are the county soil surveys, published by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). LMIC was not provided with a record of the dates of the surveys used, so the following list is taken from the printed surveys held at LMIC. On occasion (e.g., Beltrami), pre-publication NRCS mylars were likely used.

For each county included in this data set, the following list indicates the publication date of the survey (with the 'ground conditions date' from the survey noted in parentheses) and whether the survey is modern (based on current classification standards) or outdated (based on a classification standard no longer considered acceptable). See the Governor's Council report referenced in Section 5 of this document for a more complete explanation of the classification standards.

Beltrami County Area, 1997 (1986), Modern
Benton, unpublished (1996), Modern
Big Stone, 1995 (1988), Modern
Blue Earth, 1978 (1973), Modern
Brown, 1988 (1983), Modern
Chippewa, 1982 (1979), Modern
Chisago, 1995 (1989), Modern
Cottonwood, 1979 (1977), Outdated
Dodge, 1961 (1956), Outdated
Douglas, 1975 (1969), Outdated
Faribault, 1994 (1988), Modern
Goodhue, 1976 (1972), Outdated
Houston, 1984 (1980), Modern
Jackson, 1988 (1983), Modern
Kandiyohi, 1987 (1984), Modern
Kittson, 1979 (1972), Outdated
Le Sueur, 1989 (1985), Modern
Lyon, 1978 (1975), Modern
Mower, 1989 (1984), Modern
Murray, 1990 (1985), Modern
Norman, 1974 (1968), Outdated
Olmsted, 1980 (1977), Modern
Pennington, 1984 (1980), Modern
Pipestone, 1976 (1969), Outdated
Redwood, 1985 (1981), Modern
Rock, 1988 (1983), Modern
Stearns, 1985 (1980), Modern
Steele, 1973 (1967), Outdated
Stevens, 1971 (1963), Outdated
Swift, 1973 (?), Modern
Traverse, 1990 (1985), Modern
Wilkin, 1989 (1984), Modern
Winona, 1994 (1986), Modern
Yellow Medicine, 1981 (1978), Modern
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency None planned
Spatial Extent of Data Partial coverage of the counties in Minnesota (see Place Keywords).
Bounding Coordinates -97.5
-89.0
49.5
43.5
Place Keywords Minnesota, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Le Sueur, Lyon, Mower, Murray, Norman, Olmsted, Pennington, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, Winona, and Yellow Medicine Counties.
Theme Keywords geoscientificInformation, Soil, Soils, Soil Series, Soil Survey, NRCS, SCS, SSIS
Theme Keyword Thesaurus ISO 19115 Topic Category
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Redistribution conditions: In obtaining this data from LMIC, it is understood that individuals or organizations have the right to use it for any internal purpose. If data is modified, changes should be documented in a metadata record that should accompany all redistributed data. If data is transmitted or provided in any form to another user, the data MUST be accompanied by a copy of this disclaimer and all documentation provided with the original data set, including the full metadata record.
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC)
658 Cedar Street, 300 Centennial Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 201-2489
FAX: (651) 296-3698
E-mail: clearing.house@state.mn.us
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Browse Graphic File Description
Associated Data Sets Status information on availability of county soil survey digital data is maintained at: http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/soilstat.htm

1. SSURGO: This vector data duplicates the printed maps in the County Soil Survey to the soil series level. It is the most detailed soils data offered by the NRCS and is designed for use by landowners, townships and county natural resource planning and management organizations. See http://www.mn.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/soils/images/maps/mnssurgo.pdf . 1:15,840- or 1:20,000-scale. Download at: www.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/ssur_data.html or contact NRCS at (800) 672-5559. The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources distributes a UTM version of most of the SSURGO county files at: http://deli.dnr.state.mn.us

2. STATSGO: This NRCS vector data represents generalized soil survey data at the soil association level, designed for broad planning and management uses covering state, regional and multi-state areas. Complete for U.S., 1:250,000-scale. Download at: www.ftw.nrcs.usda.gov/stat_data.html or contact NRCS at (800) 672-5559.

3. Twin Cities metropolitan area: the following five counties are free online:
Anoka: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_anok.htm
Carver: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_carv.htm
Hennepin: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_henn.htm (replaced by SSURGO, see #1 above)
Ramsey: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_rams.htm
Scott: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_scot.htm

For availability of Dakota and Washington counties, contact the data distributor, as identified in:
Dakota: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/soils_dako.htm
Washington: http://www.datafinder.org/metadata/wash_soils.htm

4. Minnesota Soils Atlas: Soil landscape units and geomorphic regions were coded through the state's Soil Atlas Project at the University of Minnesota. Data from available county soil surveys and field surveys was generalized and transcribed onto 1:125,000-scale base maps and converted to raster files for use with EPPL7 and other raster GIS software. For more information, see: http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/metadata/mgc100.html or contact LMIC.

 
Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy Unknown. No statistical attribute assessment has been performed. For 17 counties, LMIC has corrected unlabelled polygons and off-site values within soil map (see Step 3 in 'Lineage'). For Category 3 county surveys, soil map units and attributes are typically not current. Category 1 or 2 surveys are considered modern. Refer to the list of categories for each county and more detailed explanation of categories in the 'Horizontal Positional Accuracy' field below.
Logical Consistency
Completeness Most counties are complete, with the following exceptions:
1. Beltrami County includes only the southern area of the county, specifically all townships south of and including T151N, except for areas within the Red Lake Indian Reservation since the reservation was not covered in the printed survey.
2. Benton County: Township 36 N Range 29 W is missing section 16.
3. Goodhue County: Four townships are not included in the data set because they were incorrectly georeferenced in the SSIS to EPPL conversion process: Townships 109-112 N, Range 17 W.
4. Kittson County: Township 164 N Range 51 W is missing completely.
This partial township encompasses approximately 4 sections in the northwestern corner of the county. Township 159 N Range 50 W is missing sections 8 and 17. These are in the westernmost portion of the township, adjoining the Red River.
5. Norman County: Township 143 N Range 49 W is missing the western portion of section 36, in the southwesternmost corner of the county (river meander). There is a large sliver of land with no soil code information between Township 143 N Range 49 W and Township 143 N Range 48 W.
6. Pennington County: The northernmost row of (partial) townships in the county were incorrectly georeferenced under the SSIS to EPPL conversion and therefore are not included with the data set. These seven townships are: Township 145 N, Ranges 39 through 45 W.
7. Rock County: Sections 1 and 2 are missing from Township 101 N, Range 47 W.
8. Stearns County: Five townships are not included in the data set because they were incorrectly georeferenced in the SSIS to EPPL conversion process: Townships 122-126 N, Range 31 W.
9. Traverse County: Section 36 of Township 126 N Range 49W is missing. It is a partial section along Lake Traverse. It could not be georeferenced using SECTIC since only one section corner falls within Minnesota. Four additional townships are not included in this data set, because of incorrect georeferencing in the SSIS to EPPL conversion process. These are: Townships 125-128 N, Range 45W.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy No assessment of horizontal positional accuracy of the digital data has been performed. Geo-referencing errors were introduced by the assumption of perfect one mile square sections. Sections that are not perfect 1 mile squares were warped to conform to section corner coordinates and therefore are less accurately located than are the perfect square sections. As a result, sections within a township file often do not edgematch. Features may be offset by several 5 meter pixels. Township files rarely edgematch; gaps, overlaps and offsets are common.

Accuracy of the original printed county soil surveys has been categorized in the Governor's Council report referenced in Section 5 (Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation) of this document:

Category 1: Modern soil survey on an orthophoto base.
These county soil surveys were produced using the current National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) orthophotos or the former National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) orthophotos. For both NAPP and NHAP orthophotography, tilt and terrain relief displacement errors have been removed. These orthophotos have the same qualities as a map, such as consistent scale. These soil surveys have accurate spatial and attribute information and represent the highest quality soil survey data. This category has three subgroups based on mapping status: 1A - soil survey published; 1B - soil survey awaiting publication; and 1C - soil survey being mapped.

Category 2: Modern soil survey on rectified photography.
These soil surveys have accurate attribute information, but spatial accuracy varies with topography. In rectified air photos, tilt displacement (tilt of the aircraft) errors have been corrected, but spatial errors due to terrain relief displacement have not. Accuracy of soil delineations is inversely proportional to the variance of the topographic relief in the area mapped. Areas with low relief (less than 45 feet of vertical relief) typically have minimal spatial distortion. Category 2 soil surveys fall into three groups based on topographic relief classes: 2L - low relief; 2M - moderate relief; and 2H - high relief.

Category 3: Outdated soil survey.
These county soil surveys were produced using unrectified aerial photography, and are considered out of date. As in category 2 surveys, spatial distortions due to terrain relief displacement are present. Soil delineation accuracy is compromised by the unrectified air photo source. Soil mapping units and attributes are not current because these soil surveys are based on an outdated classification standard that is no longer considered acceptable. Category 3 soil surveys fall into three groups based on relief: 3L - low relief; 3M - moderate relief; and 3H - high relief.

Categories for counties included in this data set are:
Beltrami, 2L; Benton, 2M; Big Stone, 2L; Blue Earth, 2M; Brown, 2M; Chippewa, 2L; Chisago, 2M; Cottonwood, 3M; Dodge, 3M; Douglas 3M, Faribault, 2M; Goodhue, 3H; Houston, 2H; Jackson, 2L; Kandiyohi, 2L; Kittson, 3L; Le Sueur, 2H; Lyon, 2M; Mower, 2M; Murray, 2M; Norman, 3L, Olmsted, 2H; Pennington, 2L; Pipestone, 3M; Redwood, 2L; Rock, 2M; Stearns, 2M; Steele, 3M; Stevens, 3L; Swift, 1C; Traverse, 2L; Wilkin, 2L; Winona, 2H; Yellow Medicine, 2L.
Vertical Positional Accuracy Not applicable
Lineage 1. Printed soil survey maps converted to SSIS format:

Printed county soil survey maps were converted to SSIS format by staff in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota. The maps were scanned section by section. In early versions of this system, each section file represented one square mile whether or not it was a full section. The sections on the north and west side of most townships are either less or more than one square mile because of survey corrections. The section files were not geo-referenced. However, since 1992, the section files in SSIS have been geo-referenced and are more accurately referenced to the Public Land Survey. No list has been found recording which method was used to create each county. The section files were then mosaicked together into PLSS townships, except in a few cases, notably Goodhue and Houston Counties, where irregular tiles were used in some areas of the county.


2. Conversion of SSIS format files to EPPL7 raster format:

The SSIS files were converted to EPPL7 format using translation programs developed by LMIC. (The processing details are documented in 'Soils Data Conversion Procedure: SSIS to EPPL7 to Shapefile Formats', last revised 1/4/2000. Contact LMIC for details.) LMIC's 1:24,000-scale section corner database, SECTIC-24K, was used to establish the geo-referencing (for more information on SECTIC see: http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/chouse/metadata/sectic.html . Section corner coordinates (UTM Zone 15) were assigned to each section file. Section files that were not square were warped to fit the section tic marks in SECTIC. Sections that were more than 1 1/4 miles wide were treated as two separate pieces. The geo-referenced section files were then mosaicked into PLSS townships, using a 5 meter by 5 meter grid cell size.

The following county soil surveys were converted from SSIS to EPPL7 format at the University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Chippewa, Chisago, Cottonwood, Faribault, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kittson, Mower, Murray, Norman, Olmsted, Redwood, Rock, Steele, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine.

The following county soil surveys were converted from SSIS to EPPL7 format at LMIC: Beltrami, Brown, Dodge, Douglas, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Lyon, Pennington, Pipestone, Stearns, Stevens, Winona.


3. Quality checks on EPPL7 files:

Quality control by LMIC on 17 counties (Beltrami, Big Stone, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Lyon, Murray, Pennington, Pipestone, Steele, Swift, Wilkin, Winona and Yellow Medicine), consisted of the following:
- fill off-site slivers between sections
- set off-site values to 0
- correct unlabelled polygons if the label was found in the published survey
- update header information (current EPPL version, cell size .0061775, consistent file description, off-site values = 0, Upper Left corner = 1,1)
- verify that files covered correct geographic area (usually by checking water features against Mn/DOT highway map).
- no work was done to fill gaps between township files.

Filenames were standardized to: sl<township #><range#><range direction>, for example: sl10940w is Township 109 North, Range 40 West.

4. Conversion to ARC/INFO format at U of M:

The University of Minnesota, Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate, converted 9 counties (Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lyon, Norman, Olmsted, Steele and Wilkin) to ARC/INFO coverages, NAD27. No record of the procedure used is available. LMIC used ARC/INFO's PROJECT command to convert these coverages to NAD83.

5. Conversion to ARC/INFO format at LMIC:

The following counties were converted to Arc/Info format by LMIC, mostly between August 2000 and March 2001: Beltrami (partial), Big Stone, Blue Earth, Chisago, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Goodhue (partial), Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Murray, Pennington (partial), Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Stearns (partial), Steele, Stevens, Swift, Traverse (partial), Winona, Yellow Medicine. Processing steps included the following:

a. Converted EPPL7 township files to shapefiles using the EPPL3.2 'Export to Shapefile' option.

b. In ArcView, viewed all township files to make sure that all townships for the county were available. Noted any missing townships or pieces of townships, or files which were misnamed. Misnamed files were corrected after conversion to coverage format.

c. Converted township shapefiles to coverages in Arc/Info 8.0.2 workstation version. (shapearc.aml). Where necessary, renamed township files to the standard SSIS file naming convention.

d. Modified the INFO item definitions in the .PAT files: split the EPPL 'LEGEND' field into SOIL_CODE and SOIL_NAME. Reformatted those fields to reflect both the SSIS and SSURGO standard formats. (mod_items.aml)

e. Converted NAD27 coverages to NAD83 (projectsoil.aml). Note: almost all counties' EPPL files were in NAD27. There were a few that were already in NAD83, so this step was not needed. In previewing the data files in step b, and overlaying a county boundary file, it was possible to determine whether the files were NAD27 or NAD83 to begin with.

f. QA/QC and documentation:

- NAD83 files were all brought up in ArcView to make sure everything was correctly named.
- The townships representing the four corners of the county (or the nearest possible approximation) were brought up in ArcView with the MnDOT Basemap NAD83 county boundary file. The township files were examined to see how closely they lined up with the county border. Large variations, often encountered where the county border was formed by a river, were reported in a readme file for the county.
- In the four corner townships, linework and attributes for a small number of soils polygons were compared with the printed soil survey for the county. In addition, the files were generally overlayed on a DOQ file.
- Information about missing data and other peculiarities of the data set were enumerated in a 'README' file that is distributed with the data set.
- What was NOT done: Beyond what was done in step 3, no further effort was made to label unlabeled polygons or to fill in the slivers and gaps, either within a township file or between township files. These problems continue to exist in many of the data sets.

g. Created NAD83 export files (using export.aml)

h. Created shapefiles (using arcshape.aml)
Source Scale Denominator 20000
 
Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Native Data Set Environment EPPL7
Geographic Reference for Tabular Data None
Spatial Object Type Raster
Vendor Specific Object Types Cell
Tiling Scheme Public Land Survey Township (Goodhue and Houston Counties have irregular tiles)
 
Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
Ellipsoid GRS80
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units Meters
Distance Resolution Unknown
Altitude Datum Not applicable
Depth Datum Not applicable
Cell Width 5
Cell Height 5
UTM Zone Number 15E
 
Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Entity and Attribute Overview GRID-CODE - a unique, positive integer assigned to each soil type

SOIL_SYMBOL - (8C) - a code indicating soil series name (numbers are used in the Modern classification; letters are used in the Outdated classification). The soil series code may be followed by a letter (A-F) indicating slope category and a single number (1-3) indicating erodability. (In the Arc/INFO coverages, this field is also REDEFINED as 'MUSYM', which is the NRCS-SSURGO standard naming convention for this field.)

SOIL_NAME - (100C) - a description of the soil name, slope, and erodibility. (In the Arc/INFO coverages, this field is also REDEFINED as 'MUNAME', which is the NRCS-SSURGO standard naming convention for this field.)

NOTE: data sets do NOT include soil property attributes.
Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation 1. Published soil surveys from NRCS (see Section 1 'Time Period of Content' for publication dates). For further information, see http://soils.usda.gov/survey/printed_surveys/minnesota.html or contact the Minnesota State Soil Scientist Office at (651) 602-7891.

2. 'County Soil Surveys: Guidelines for Digitizing'. Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information, June 1997. Online at: http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/press/soilsrpt.html or contact LMIC.
 
Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Publisher University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water and Climate
Publication Date Unknown
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader
GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC)
658 Cedar Street, 300 Centennial Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 201-2489
FAX: (651) 296-3698
E-mail: clearing.house@state.mn.us
Distributor's Data Set Identifier soilssis - SSIS
Distribution Liability DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY STATEMENT
For data or maps delivered online or by physical media by
the Land Management Information Center

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Redistribution conditions: In obtaining this data from LMIC, it is understood that individuals or organizations have the right to use it for any internal purpose. If data is modified, changes should be documented in a metadata record that should accompany all redistributed data. If data is transmitted or provided in any form to another user, the data MUST be accompanied by a copy of this disclaimer and all documentation provided with the original data set, including the full metadata record.

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Transfer Format Name ARC/INFO coverages (.e00 export format) or shapefiles
Transfer Format Version Number 7.2.1 or 8.0.2
Transfer Size Listed on download webpage
Ordering Instructions LMIC has posted most county data sets online for free download. These data sets are in Arc/INFO export and shapefile formats, UTM Zone 15, NAD83. The 'Web Download Page' accessed via the 'Online Linkage' field shows which county data sets are available for download. All county data sets have been posted, with the exception of those counties where data errors precluded conversion or where SSURGO data is available. Some county data sets are missing pieces, as noted in the README file bundled with the data set.
Online Linkage Click here to download data. (See Ordering Instructions above for details.) By clicking here, you agree to the notice in "Distribution Liability" above.
 
Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Metadata Date 04/11/2007
Contact Person Information Nancy Rader, GIS Data Coordinator
Minnesota Land Management Information Center (LMIC)
658 Cedar Street, 300 Centennial Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 201-2489
FAX: (651) 296-3698
E-mail: clearing.house@state.mn.us
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.lmic.state.mn.us/gc/stds/metadata.htm


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