The International Council of Scientific Unions (now International Council for Science) established the World Data Center system to serve the IGY, and developed data management plans for each IGY scientific discipline. Multiple Centers were established to guard against catastrophic loss of data, and for the convenience of data providers and users.
The National Atlas of the United States® includes a variety of maps germane to geology. The Geologic Map of the United States was derived from the first national geologic map put together since the advent of plate tectonics, a theory that created a revolution in our knowledge of the Earth and its history. Also included in the National Atlas is a dynamic map known as the Tapestry of Time and Terrain.