The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure consists of digital statewide spatial data themes, vetted through the Montana State Library with the advice of the Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC), that meet essential spatial information needs of the state of Montana and its citizens. Stewardship is the assumption of responsibility for a MSDI data theme that, depending on the needs of the theme, includes direct or indirect coordination of the production, maintenance, integration, enhancement, distribution, coordination, promotion, and support-resources for that data theme. Effective stewardship of the MSDI will advance framework information as "data you can trust" – the best available data for Montana; standardized, maintained, and discoverable.
The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure or MSDI contains 14 spatial framework layers. These layers, or themes, are comprised of seven federally defined "geospatial framework data layers" and seven additional themes defined by the State of Montana. These data layers are in various states of development and the completion, dissemination and ongoing maintenance of the MSDI is identified as a top priority by the entire GIS community.
MSDI Framework Data are the official sources of data for their respective topics and have priority above other sources.
|Administrative Boundaries*||MSL||Erin Fashoway||In Progress/Maintenance|
|Geodetic Control*||MSL||Bob Holliday||Maintenance|
|Geographic Names||MSL||Gerry Daumiller||In Progress|
|Geology||Bureau of Mines & Geology||Paul Thale||Maintenance|
|Hydrologic Units||NRCS||Tom Potter||Maintenance|
|Land Use / Land Cover||MT NHP||Linda Vance||In Progress/Maintenance|
|Orthoimagery*||MSL||Stu Kirkpatrick & Evan Hammer||Maintenance|
|Structures and Addresses||MSL||Michael Fashoway||In Progress|
|Transportation*||MSL||Stu Kirkpatrick (temporary)||Maintenance|
|Wetlands||MT NHP/DEQ||Karen Newlon and Lynda Saul||In Progress|
*Denotes federally defined Framework theme.
Maintenance – Theme is considered complete and being regulary maintained.
In-Progress – Theme elements are being developed; some elements may be complete.