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Press Release- DDS Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation

Press Release- DDS Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation


For Immediate Release

Digital Data Services, Inc. Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation

September 25th, 2014

Lakewood, CO-  Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS) announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Washington for data conversion and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data delivery. Under the agreement, DDS will scan, georeference, digitize, and attribute 200 hard-copy maps showing land classification, right-of-ways, and farm units.

The Bureau of Reclamation performed studies in the 1960’s and 1970’s which evaluated soils, slope, and other factors to determine the suitability of land for irrigation.  These studies produced a series of linen and mylar land classification maps that are generally done for each Public Land Survey (PLS) section. As a result of the Odessa Subarea Special Study EIS findings, Reclamation, the State of Washington, and the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District are preparing to replace approximately 70,000 acres of groundwater- based irrigation with Columbia Basin Project surface water. 

DDS will convert the original mylar and linen maps into a fully attributed GIS format to assist in the analysis of irrigated lands.  The converted land classification data will be used to determine eligibility for direct replacement or for an “infill” option that allows irrigators to move their operations closer to water conveyance facilities.  

“DDS is pleased to consult with Federal agencies in the conversion of spatial-related information into more viable GIS formats to assist in their analysis.” - said Scott C. Carter President of DDS, Inc. 

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About Digital Data Services, Inc.

DDS is an information technology firm that specializes in the creation, conversion, management, integration, and presentation of geospatial information. Our expertise focuses on providing simple solutions to complex business challenges and allowing our clients to leverage and explore their data in new and unique ways. As experts in research, data processing, data storage/management, data analysis, and presentation, we serve our clients by making complex analytical decisions available to everyone. Our vision is that access to geospatial information should not be a barrier to making business decisions.

Digital Data Services, Inc.
10920 W. Alameda, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO 80226
720-962-8235 FAX
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DDS News- Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someone

DDS News- Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someone

The first map of the United States drawn and printed in America by an American was, until a few years ago, hardly known at all. Only seven original copies exist, and the best preserved is now on display for the first time, as the centerpiece of "Mapping a New Nation," an exhibition at the Library of Congress.

Printed by Abel Buell, an engraver from Connecticut, in March 1784—six months after the Treaty of Paris—the map relied so heavily on published sources that it contained no original cartographic material. But Buell made sure that his fanciful compilation reflected his politics. Several states, looking hungrily toward French and Spanish possessions on the continent, extend west of the Mississippi River—"Manifest Destiny for the 18th century," says Edward Redmond, the library's curator of geography and maps.

In a flourish, Buell banished the word "New" from a number of place names, including New Orleans and New Hampshire. Buell's skills were diverse. An inventor and metalsmith, at 21 he was arrested for counterfeiting. As a part of his sentence, the tip of his ear was cropped off, and he lived the rest of his life with a "C" branded onto his forehead

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By Arik Gabbai
Smithsonian Magazine 
October 2014

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DDS- Hire a GIS Professional, Get Professional Results

DDS- Hire a GIS Professional, Get Professional Results

Let’s face it, finding a good consultant that can service your company’s mapping needs is difficult.  Even more so is finding a consultant that has the experience that you need so that you are confident that the job is done right, the first time.  This is the type of experience that you can only get from a company that has been involved in the GIS & mapping industry for over 20 years, performing over 5,000 projects, for a customer base of thousands.  

Call us today, or visit our website to see how we can help your business make the most out of GIS and mapping.


  • GIS Consulting
  • Custom Mapping
  • Georeferencing
  • Scanning Services
  • Digitizing Services
  • File to File Conversion
  • Web Map Applications


Digital Data Services, Inc.

10920 West Alameda, Suite 200
Lakewood, CO  80226
(P) 303-986-6740  •  (F) 720-962-8235



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DDS News- Interactive Web Map- Vegetation on Our Planet

DDS News- Interactive Web Map- Vegetation on Our Planet

Source: NOAA

Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. Data from the VIIRS sensor aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images.

Download a high resolution image of the Earth's vegetation.


4096x2048 image, 25 MB in size

30,000x15,000 image, 176 MB in size




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DDS News- Interactive Map Shows the Location of the Past Miss America Winners. 1925-2014

DDS News- Interactive Map Shows the Location of the Past Miss America Winners. 1925-2014

"There she is, Miss America..." The map below shows the location of the Miss America pageant winners from 1925-2014. The colored states represents the number of times that a particular contestant has won the Miss America title in that state. If a state is not colored, then those states have yet to produce a winner in the pageant. The states with the most titles, at 6 each are California, Ohio, and Oklahoma. Denver and Los Angeles have each produced 3 winners over the past 90 years. The map does not contain the 2015 winner, Kira Kazantsev from New York. With her win, it puts New York in a tie with the states producing the most titles.

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