Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI)


The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure is made up of fifteen “framework” geographic databases vital for making maps of Montana and understanding its geography. Seven of the databases are federally defined framework datasets and the other eight were selected as additional framework layers by the Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC).

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Data Access Steward/Lead News Date Data/Map Service News
MSL/Meghan Burns September 2015 Data and web services updated
Cadastral * MSL/Keith Blount July 15, 2015 Data and web services updated
Climate University of Montana/Mike Sweet    
Elevation * vacant May 7, 2015 Theme steward and lead needed. Primarily a coordination role. See Elevation page.
Geographic Names MSL/Gerry Daumiller March 27, 2015 Data and web services updated
Geology Bureau of Mines & Geology/Paul Thale    
Hydrography * MSL/Troy Blandford October 29, 2014 New web application available for you to view and submit revisions to the Montana Hydrography Dataset.
Hydrologic Units NRCS/Catherine Maynard    
Land Use/Land Cover MT NHP/Linda Vance    
Mapping Control * MSL/Bob Holliday    
Orthoimagery * MSL/Evan Hammer    
Soils NRCS/Catherine Maynard    
Structures and Addresses MSL/Michael Fashoway January 8, 2015 Data and web services updated
Transportation * MSL/Duane Lund  May 7, 2015 Data and web services updated.
Wetlands MT NHP/Jamul Hahn and DEQ/Steve Carpenedo    

 * Layers marked with asterisks are defined as Framework themes in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure by the Federal Geographic Data Committee.