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GIS Standards

Rutgers University Facilities & Capital Planning (RUFCP) requires that all GIS data submitted to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, meet or reference a published standard such as the United States National Map Accuracy Standard (NMAS), a state or federal GPS standard, or a defined survey standard. This will ensure true positional accuracy of the geographic data and, therefore, compatibility with digital information. GIS data must also be compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Metadata Standard or FGDC-endorsed geospatial metadata standards.

Additionally, RUFCP requires that all GIS data be in New Jersey State Plane Coordinates (SPC) in North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAD88) projected using Transverse Mercator. NAD88 is required for mapping in the horizontal plane while the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD93) is required for the vertical plane. All data should be delivered in the measurement of foot lengths. The accuracy of the data will be tested by comparing the positions of points whose locations or elevations are shown against positions as determined by surveys of a higher accuracy. The error factor must be less than what is required by the NMAS. All data not meeting the error requirement will be resubmitted to the consultant for correction at the consultant’s expense.

All GIS data must be delivered in standard media and digital formats. Accepted formats and media include Esri 9x personal or enterprise/individual geodatabases with the Esri standard topology rules. The spatial topology should not contain any overshoots, slivers, open polygons, unlabeled polygons or unresolved line segment intersections. All GIS data submitted to RUFCP should be topologically clean and free of errors.

All attributes should be coded according to RUFCP requirements. Nationally recognized coding requirements are acceptable for soils, wetlands and land use.