Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership - Incorporation and Promotion of NSDI Cadastral Standards

The purpose of this project is for members of the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership to incorporate and promote FGDC standards from the very beginning of formal cadastral GIS development.  The partnership utilized Esri’s Local Government Information Model with common domains and definitions that streamline the cadastral maintenance process through automation and assist end users in their understanding and utilization of county land records.    Over the past year the AOGDP has worked closely with Dr. Nancy von Meyer of the FGDC Cadastral Subcommittee to educate Partners on the standard, develop the approach for cadastral development using the standard, and implement the standard in three townships in three adjacent counties in southeastern Ohio.

Several workshops and one-on-one training sessions were conducted to develop county employee’s GIS skill sets and to produce step-by-step guidelines.  Instructional material developed during this project as well as other resources links for implementing the cadastral standard can be found at the following web address:

The AOGDP also held meetings with elected officials and other cadastral data stakeholders to promote cadastral development using the NSDI standards.  The Partnership promotes the use of geospatial standards as a means to increase stakeholder participation and support for financing GIS data development at the local level.  This project has been a valuable vehicle to bring federal, state and local government together to improve the Public Land Survey System data and stewardship in Ohio.    The most beneficial outcome of this project is providing an avenue for sharing data vertically among federal, state, regional and local levels of government, and horizontally with the private sector, non-profits and academia. To learn more about our Appalachian Geospatial Partnership, please visit

Final Report

Interim Report

Project Introduction Slides (PDF)

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD)


Thomas P. Fisher
330-343-6647 Ext. 2231

Don Pickenpaugh

Bret Allphin

John Olivier
330-343-6647 Ext. 2255