Site Use and Browser Security Policy

The contents of all material available on this Internet site are copyrighted by National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) unless otherwise indicated. In accordance with NSGIC's purpose of providing balanced, geographic information to the public, NSGIC permits the materials appearing on this Internet site to be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred, provided that express attribution is given to NSGIC. NSGIC, The National States Geographic Information Council, the NSGIC logo, image of the national map, and NSGIC slogan, are registered trademarks of the National States Geographic Information Council.

At certain places on this NSGIC Internet site, live "links" to other Internet addresses can be accessed. In addition, other Internet addresses may contain links to NSGIC's Internet site. Such external Internet addresses contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by organizations that are wholly independent from NSGIC. NSGIC does not endorse or control these external Internet addresses, and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information located at such addresses.

Within this Internet site, NSGIC has provided web pages for use by NSGIC's branches and other related entities. These branches and entities are separate corporations from NSGIC with responsibility for the content of their own web pages. NSGIC does not exercise oversight of this content and disclaims any liability therefore.

NSGIC assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from the use of any of the information herein, or from the use of information obtained at "linked" Internet addresses, or in any respect for the content of such information, including (but not limited to) errors or omissions, the accuracy or reasonableness of factual or scientific assumptions, studies or conclusions, the defamatory nature of statements, ownership of copyright or other intellectual property rights, and the violation of property, privacy, or personal rights of others.

Browser Compatibility

This site is designed to use the DHTML features designed into Internet Explorer 4 and later versions. As a result, differences may appear on the site depending on what browser you use. Users who select Netscape Navigator will not be able to see some of the effects provided by Internet Explorer, but all information on the site including security features are available.


NSGIC features an online Conference Registration System and an upcoming membership registration feature. Because of the nature of these systems, it is necessary to transmit credit card and other personal information across the internet. All credit card and personal data is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) prior to submission.

The website server is a shared server that provides 128-bit encryption of data. To ensure that the security features of this or any other site are active, right click in the window prior to submitting your data. In Netscape Navigator select Info or Frame Info. If using Internet Explorer select Properties and then Certificates. The resultant windows will tell you what security feature, if any, are currently enabled.

Further questions regarding the security of this site should be directed toward the Webmaster.