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How do we determine the best authoritative source? For example in some counties in Virginia I am finding there could be three authoritative sources for fire departments. The State of Virginia maintains a database of all fire departments in the state with name and address, the local jurisdictions also have a website containing the names/locations of all their fire departments, and finally, many but not all local volunteer fire departments maintain their own website. Each of these authoritative website may have a different name for the same structure. I've been defaulting to the name used by the local jurisdiction.

Any thoughts out there regarding this issue?


asked 08 Oct '14, 07:20

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Names used by local jurisdictions are likely to be the most accurate, however as long as a name (or address) comes from an authoritative source, it is acceptable.

Our new and improved Authoritative Sources List (https://navigator.er.usgs.gov/help/WebHelp/authoritative_sources_courthouses.pdf) is a great guide for deciding which resources are best to use.


answered 20 Mar '18, 15:54

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I have been using the information provided by the local jurisdiction as the default.


answered 09 Oct '14, 11:54

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