Full Metadata -
View Attributes -
View Sample  -
Get Data -


Section Level Public Land Survey - polygons

This page last updated: 2006-08-09 08:50:20.0
Metadata created using Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines


Metadata Summary

Originator Minnesota DNR - Minerals Division/Section of Wildlife
Abstract Public Land Survey line delineations to the section level. Data are derived primarily from Section corner locations captured from paper USGS seven and one-half minute quadrangle maps.
Use Tips This data source can generally be considered accurate to approximately 50 feet. Some areas of less accurate data (as much as 200 feet off) are known to exist in the vicintity of the Mesabi and Vermilion Iron Ranges. These data do not include county lines. Many sections cross county lines. This is generally a robust and proven data set.
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Time Period of Content Date Unknown
Currentness Reference USGS source maps varied widely in publication date. GISMO development/maintenance was during the late 1970s and early 80s. Coverage generation: Spring 1993. Attribute restructuring to ensure conformance with the DNR PLS Coding Standard in April, 1996.
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


Full Metadata
Section Level Public Land Survey - polygons

Go to Section:
1. Identification Information
2. Data Quality Information
3. Spatial Data Organization Information
4. Spatial Reference Information
5. Entity and Attribute Information
6. Distribution Information
7. Metadata Reference Information

 
Section 1 Identification Information   Top of page
Originator Minnesota DNR - Minerals Division/Section of Wildlife
Title Section Level Public Land Survey - polygons
Abstract Public Land Survey line delineations to the section level. Data are derived primarily from Section corner locations captured from paper USGS seven and one-half minute quadrangle maps.
Use Tips This data source can generally be considered accurate to approximately 50 feet. Some areas of less accurate data (as much as 200 feet off) are known to exist in the vicintity of the Mesabi and Vermilion Iron Ranges. These data do not include county lines. Many sections cross county lines. This is generally a robust and proven data set.
Purpose Section level mapping of land ownership. Basemap information for cartographic products.
Time Period of Content Date Unknown
Currentness Reference USGS source maps varied widely in publication date. GISMO development/maintenance was during the late 1970s and early 80s. Coverage generation: Spring 1993. Attribute restructuring to ensure conformance with the DNR PLS Coding Standard in April, 1996.
Progress Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency As Needed
Spatial Extent of Data Statewide
Bounding Coordinates -97.5
-89
49.5
43
Place Keywords Minnesota
Theme Keywords Public Land Survey, PLS, Sections, Townships, 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:
Browse Graphic View a sample of the data.
Browse Graphic File Description
Associated Data Sets

 
Section 2 Data Quality Information Top of full metadata Top of page
Attribute Accuracy Source table PLS_SECTPY3.DBF: Attribute accuracy of the data are technically unknown, although the data source has been used extensively for the past three years without any known problems.
Logical Consistency Data are topolocially correct using ARC/INFO 7.0.3. All polygons are closed and lines intersect where intended.
Completeness All PLS sections existing within the state of Minnesota are presented in the database.
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Source layer plsctne3: Source accuracies vary greatly. PLS lines and coincident county boundaries range in expected offsets from 50 to 200 feet, with the smaller value being more common. The most significant offsets within this category are in the northeastern portion of the state where the USGS quad sources are most tentative with regards to section corner locations. County boundaries not coincident with PLS lines are typically from 1990 vintage TIGER data with many off-sets in the 100 foot range. The international boundary should be highly accurate as it was taken directly from legislative notes. The Lake Superior North Shore was from National Wetland Inventory and will typically exhibit off-sets of about 60 feet, with generally good depictions of the shore line character.
Vertical Positional Accuracy Source layer plsctne3: Not Applicable
Lineage Attribute Lineage for source table PLS_SECTPY3.DBF: Some attribute table restructuring was performed during the GIS Core Library development effort in March 1996. This entailed bringing the data into compliance with the DNR Public Land Survey Coding Standard (Division of Minerals-1995)
Source Scale Denominator Source layer plsctne3: 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
Spatial Object Type vector
Vendor Specific Object Types polygon
Tiling Scheme state
 
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
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_SECTPY3.DBF:

TOWN: Three digit township (tier) number

RDIR: Range direction

RANG: Two digit range number

SECT: PLS section number

MISMATCH: Flag indicating that a record does not have a corresponding match in the RAD file of the RECFAC database. Essentially, this item exists to document differences between the existence of features in this coverage and those in the EPPL-MILMIS40 database

TWPRNGSEC: REDEFINEd. A composite of township, range direction, range, and section number

Entity and Attribute Detailed Citation
Value Domain for Data Element TOWN:
26-71, 101-168 = discreet values

Value Domain for Data Element RDIR:
0 = West
1 = East
2 = Township 58 1/2 (St. Louis Co.) and Range 42 1/2 (Roseau Co.)

Value Domain for Data Element RANG:
1-51 = Continuous values. All values are unique with the exception of 1 through 7, which are shared.

Value Domain for Data Element SECT:
1-36 = Section number values.

Value Domain for Data Element MISMATCH:
N = No match in RAD file. There are 113 records in this table with a value of "N."
Y = Has match in RAD file

Value Domain for Data Element TWPRNGSEC:
 
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_sectpy3
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 21
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 08:50:20.0
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



This page last updated: 2006-08-09 08:50:20.0