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Learning the Cadastral Data Content Standard

Updated May, 2002

These are the educational materials devoted to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Cadastral Data Content Standard. Users of this version of Learning the Cadastral Data Content Standard are encouraged to contact us with comments about this site.

These educational materials are comprised of several modules:

Learning The Cadastral Data Content Standard Standard  This is the main module, designed for anyone who needs to understand the purposes and uses of the Cadastral Data Content Standard.  If you are new to the Cadastral Data Content Standard, we recommend you first go through the eight sections of this educational module.

County Recorders And The Cadstral Data Content Standard  This module is devoted to the needs of County Recorders and Registers of Deeds.  The County Recorder module provides information and examples about the types of cadastral data typically used by county clerks and recorders, and how that data corresponds to the FGDC Cadastral Data Content Standard.

Surveyors And The Cadstral Data Content Standard  This module is designed for the surveying professional and anyone who works with survey data.  The Surveyor module provides information and examples about the kinds of cadastral data typically used by surveyors, and how that data corresponds to the FGDC Cadastral Data Content Standard.

Cadastral Data For GIS Specialists  This module focuses on the uses of cadastral information and data specifically for GIS Specialists throughout the United States.  The purpose is to provide information and examples about the kinds of cadastral data typically used, and how that data relates to GIS lands and resources applications.  The goal is to enable GIS Specialists to gain a much more clear and practical understanding of the cadastral information they work with every day.

To go to any of the modules, click on the links above.  If you require either introductory or comprehensive information about the Cadastral Data Content Standard, please continue below.  The remainder of this page is an orientation to these educational materials.


This site has been established for the purpose of providing information which explains the use and benefit of the Cadastral Data Content Standard. Knowing about the Cadastral Data Content Standard is likely to be important for anyone who works with public record, survey, or map information pertaining to the ownership of land, and the extent and value of that land.  The use of standards such as the Cadastral Data Content Standard is becoming essential for effective and meaningful data exchanges.

Use of the Cadastral Data Content Standard is required for Federal agencies. Other users of cadastral data, such as States, Counties, municipalities, and surveying and data base professionals, are encouraged to use the Standard in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), and to take advantage of the benefits described in Learning The Cadastral Data Content Standard.


This site is hosted by Fairview Industries. The creation and maintenance of the Cadastral Data Content Standard and these educational materials is under the auspices of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Cadastral Subcommittee. The Bureau of Land Management leads this subcommittee. For more information on the BLM, NSDI, and FGDC, follow the links to the web pages listed below.

Bureau of Land Management

National Spatial Data Infrastructure

Federal Geographic Data Committee, Cadastral Subcommittee


There is no particular amount of time required for going through all the pages in Learning the Cadastral Data Content Standard. You can spend as much or as little time as you wish. Some may find that this entire site can be perused for general information in a couple of hours. But it is also possible that detailed exploration of this site could take anywhere from eight to sixteen hours depending on your particular level of familiarity with cadastral information, data modeling, and data standards, and depending also on the speed of your computer's communication with the Internet. One reviewer stated he could easily have spent sixty hours with these materials. Set your own pace.

To get the best performance out of this site, we recommend using a computer with 120 Megahertz or better processing speed, with a monitor resolution set to 1024 by 768. Communication speed of 28.8k or faster is recommended. Other computers and settings will likely work fine also, but bear in mind that response time for older processors and modem rates, especially when bringing up the graphics on this site, might be fairly slow.

We welcome comments, and recommendations on ways to improve this educational site. Please send comments to: Dan Webster, TRW Inc., 200 Union Blvd., Suite 100, Lakewood, Colorado, 80228. Voice Mail: (720) 963-6907, FAX (720) 963-6950, Email: daniel.webster@auc.trw.com

Development and maintenance of the Cadastral Data Content Standard is under the auspices of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). For more information on the FGDC, refer to the FGDC's web site, and the site for the Cadastral Subcommittee.

Acknowledgements and Contributors: Many people contributed to the subject matter and creation of the Cadastral Data Content Standard educational materials. Thanks and appreciation are extended to: Bob Ader, Jennifer Albers, Gary Boyack, Patrick Carroll, Gary Caswell, Tim Clark, Steve Clemmer, Randy Covington, Mark Dixon, Theresa Ely, Keith Francis, Barry Krebs, John Guthrie, Richard Hager, Randy Hayes, Knud Hermansen, Jane Lobby, Paul Lukacovic, Dan Martin, Tom Miller, Dennis Moonier, Charles Nelson, Diane Nelson, David Oliver, Nancy Rader, Paul Rogers, Johnny Shippy, Chris Smith, Marc Thomas, Bill Twenhofel, Nancy von Meyer, Dan Webster, John Whiting.


Proceed to the Introduction to Learning the Cadastral Data Content Standard



Links to the Course Sections and Modules: [Quick Reference] [Introduction] [Section 1: Purpose and Benefits of the Cadastral Data Content Standard] [Section 2: How the Standard Was Developed] [Section 3: Other Standards and Related Activities] [Section 4: Data Modeling Techniques, Rules and Diagram Conventions] [Section 5: Crosswalks, Translations, and Examples] [Section 6: Understanding Compliance with the Standard] [Section 7: Maintenance of the Standard] [Section 8: User and Technical Support] [County Recorder Module] [GIS Specialist Module] [Surveyor Module] [Glossary]

Learning the Cadastral Data Content Standard

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