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Control Point Generated PLS - polygons

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Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


Metadata Summary

Originator Minnesota DNR -Land and Minerals Division
Abstract The Control Point Generated PLS layer contains line and polygon features to the 1/4 of 1/4 PLS section (approximately 40 acres) and government lot level. The layer was created using the most accurate information available at the time, including Government Land Office plat drawings and survey notes, official resurveys, and PLS control points from the DNR?s Control Point Inventory database.
Use Tips The most accurate comprehensive PLS source at the DNR. The positional accuracy of the data varies greatly, and ranges from 40 feet to sub-meter accuracy in some areas.x
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Time Period of Content Date 1991
Currentness Reference Data is derived from sources dating continuously from mid-nineteenth century survey notes to results from current modern surveys.
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Use of the data are constrained only by the DNR GIS Data License Agreement
Distributor Organization DNR-MIS
Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
Online Linkage http://deli.dnr.state.mn.us


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Control Point Generated PLS - polygons

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Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator Minnesota DNR -Land and Minerals Division
Title Control Point Generated PLS - polygons
Abstract The Control Point Generated PLS layer contains line and polygon features to the 1/4 of 1/4 PLS section (approximately 40 acres) and government lot level. The layer was created using the most accurate information available at the time, including Government Land Office plat drawings and survey notes, official resurveys, and PLS control points from the DNR?s Control Point Inventory database.
Use Tips The most accurate comprehensive PLS source at the DNR. The positional accuracy of the data varies greatly, and ranges from 40 feet to sub-meter accuracy in some areas.x
Purpose Detailed PLS forty level mapping at a 1:24,000 scale of any information georeferenced to the Public Land Survey System, especially land ownership and management. It can also be used as a general PLS reference map for any other data projected into UTM - meters, extended zone 15, NAD83.
Time Period of Content Date 1991
Currentness Reference Data is derived from sources dating continuously from mid-nineteenth century survey notes to results from current modern surveys.
Progress in work
Maintenance and Update Frequency Eventually
Spatial Extent of Data Minnesota
Bounding Coordinates -97.5
-89
49.5
43
Place Keywords Minnesota
Theme Keywords PLS, Public Land Survey, Townships, Sections, Forties, Government Lots, planningCadastre
Theme Keyword Thesaurus None
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Use of the data are constrained only by the DNR GIS Data License Agreement
Contact Person Information Renee Johnson, ITS 3
DNR-Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road - Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 259-5396
FAX: (651) 296-5939
E-mail:
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Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy Source table PLS_FORTYPY3.PAT: Polygon attribute information is independently verified several times throughout the process of creating this data from the Control Point Inventory (CPI) database..
Logical Consistency Data are topolocially correct using ARC/INFO 7.0.3. All polygons are closed and lines intersect where intended.
Completeness All available Government Land Office Land Survey notes, plats and resurvey information was used in the creation of this data set. Since the meander line data is being derived from the Government Land Office PLS survey notes, margins around meandered water bodies tend to have a coarse representation and may not accurately reflect the current shape of these features on the ground. Meander lines are NOT land ownership boundaries. The Public Land Survey process was conducted, in part, to inventory the rough acreage of land for the purposes of selling it for agriculture, timber, railroads, etc. Meander lines were used to determine how many acres of land were available for sale at the time, whereas the beds of navigable water bodies are held in ownership by the state. Depending upon when the survey was conducted, surveyors followed different guidelines for what was to be meandered. 'In subdividing any one township, you are to meander as hereinafter directed, any lake or lakes, pond or ponds, lying entirely within the boundaries thereof, of the area of [twenty five to] forty acres and upwards, and which cannot be drained and are not likely to fill up, or from any cause to become dry.' (A Collection of Original Instructions to Surveyors of the Public Lands, 1815 - 1881, Roy Minnick, Landmark Enterprises)
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Source layer pls40ne3: Variable. At its least accurate, the data is based upon points derived from manual digitizing of PLS section corners from 1:24,000 scale paper media (GISMO and SECTIC-24K points). At its most accurate, the data is based upon points collected using GPS units operating at a sub-meter level of accuracy. Refer to the ACCURACY and METHOD fields in the related PLS Control Point layer (cornrpt3), for specific information.
Vertical Positional Accuracy Source layer pls40ne3: Not Applicable
Lineage Attribute Lineage for source table PLS_FORTYPY3.PAT: PLS attribute information is added to this data-set after the area features have been built for each township.
Source Scale Denominator Source layer pls40ne3: 24000
 
Section 3 Spatial Data Organization Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Native Data Set Environment ARC/INFO 7.0.3
Geographic Reference for Tabular Data Not Applicable
Spatial Object Type vector
Vendor Specific Object Types polygon
Tiling Scheme county
 
Section 4 Spatial Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Horizontal Coordinate Scheme UTM
Ellipsoid GRS1980
Horizontal Datum NAD83
Horizontal Units meters
Distance Resolution Source layer pls40ne3: Variable. At its least accurate, the data is based upon points derived from manual digitizing of PLS section corners from 1:24,000 scale paper media (GISMO and SECTIC-24K points). At its most accurate, the data is based upon points collected using GPS units operating at a sub-meter level of accuracy. Refer to the ACCURACY and METHOD fields in the related PLS Control Point layer (cornrpt3), for specific information.
Altitude Datum Not Applicable
Altitude Units Not Applicable
Depth Datum Not Applicable
Depth Units Not Applicable
Cell Width
Cell Height
Latitude Resolution
Longitude Resolution
UTM Zone Number 15
SPCS Zone Identifier
County Coordinate Zone Identifier
Coordinate Offsets or Adjustments Not Applicable
Map Projection Name Transverse Mercator
Map Projection Parameters Not Applicable
Other Coordinate System's Definition Not Applicable
 
Section 5 Entity and Attribute Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Entity and Attribute Overview Data Elements for Attribute Table PLS_FORTYPY3.PAT:

GEOPARC: In an Arc/INFO coverage, one can redefine items found in the attribute table. In this case, GEOPARC includes COUN, TOWN, RDIR, RANG, SECT, FORT, GLOT, PARC. Currently not used for any specific purpose. (GEOCODE - alias in ArcGIS)

GEOGLOT: In an Arc/INFO coverage, one can redefine items found in the attribute table. In this case, GEOGLOT includes COUN, TOWN, RDIR, RANG, SECT, FORT, GLOT.

GEOFORT: In an Arc/INFO coverage, one can redefine items found in the attribute table. In this case, GEOFORT includes COUN, TOWN, RDIR, RANG, SECT, FORT.

GEOSECT: In an Arc/INFO coverage, one can redefine items found in the attribute table. In this case, GEOSECT includes COUN, TOWN, RDIR, RANG, SECT.

GEORANG: In an Arc/INFO coverage, one can redefine items found in the attribute table. In this case, GEORANG includes COUN, TOWN, RDIR, RANG.

COUN: County number (from 1 to 87). (COUNTY.CODE - alias in ArcGIS)

TOWN: PLS township number. (TOWNSHIP - alias in ArcGIS)

RANG: PLS range number. (RANGE - alias in ArcGIS)

SECT: PLS section number. (SECTION - alias in ArcGIS)

FORT: PLS forty number (that is, the quarter-quarter section), rather than a text description such as NWNE. (FORT is based on the MLMIS40 codes that have been used in the state for many years.) (FORTY.CODE - alias in ArcGIS)

GLOT: PLS government lot number. (GOVERNMENT.LOT - alias in ArcGIS)

PARC: Parcel number - currently not used. The original intent of this field was to use this code in relation to the forty or government lot to identify unique parcels. (PARCEL.CODE - alias in ArcGIS)

FORT_DESC: PLS forty description using text. The descriptions should be red n the following way: NWNE is the Northwest 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4. This IS NOT necessarily the legal description for the parcel, particularly in the case of government lots, where the FORT and FORT_DESC are for locational reference only.

GEOMATCH: The geocoding field used to match the Land Records to the PLS40 base layer. The format of this field is as follows: CCTTTDRRSSFFGG, where CC is COUN, TTT is TOWN, D is RDIR, RR is RANG, SS is SECT, FF is FORT or "0") (see following not), and GG is GLOT. Note: if the GLOT is greater than 0, such as government lot 1, the FF part of GLOTMATCH is set to 00.

Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation
 
Section 6 Distribution Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Publisher Minnesota DNR - Division of Lands & Minerals
Publication Date 1995-06-01 00:00:00.0
Contact Person Information Hal Watson
GIS Database Coordinator
DNR-MIS
500 Lafayette Road, Box 11
St. Paul, MN 55155-4011
Phone: (651) 259-5508
FAX: (651) 297-4946
E-mail:
Distributor's Data Set Identifier pls_fortypy3
Distribution Liability The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources makes no representation or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the reuse of data provided herewith, regardless of its format or the means of its transmission. There is no guarantee or representation to the user as to the accuracy, currency, suitability, or reliability of this data for any purpose. The user accepts the data 'as is', and assumes all risks associated with its use. By accepting this data, the user agrees not to transmit this data or provide access to it or any part of it to another party unless the user shall include with the data a copy of this disclaimer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources assumes no responsibility for actual or consequential damage incurred as a result of any user's reliance on this data.
Transfer Format Name Shapefile
Transfer Format Version Number Not Applicable
Transfer Size 900
Ordering Instructions See Online Linkage or Distribution Contact
Online Linkage http://deli.dnr.state.mn.us
 
Section 7 Metadata Reference Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Metadata Date 2006-08-09 08:50:16.0
Contact Person Information Renee Johnson, ITS 3
DNR-Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road - Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 259-5396
FAX: (651) 296-5939
E-mail:
Metadata Standard Name Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines
Metadata Standard Version 1.2
Metadata Standard Online Linkage http://www.gis.state.mn.us/stds/metadata.htm



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