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Established in 1986, the EDC was a lead cooperator in a joint project between the URI Department of Natural Resources Science and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.  This project eventually became known as the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS).  At the time, the goal of the RIGIS was to develop a comprehensive and detailed GIS database of the State's natural resources and to use these data and GIS tools to assist in the management and protection of these resources.  Since 1986, considerable attention has been given to developing and distributing accurate and up-to-date GIS data to RI's land managers.