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The National Atlas of the United States received the Hammer Award for putting digital geospatial data (such as soils, county boundaries, volcanoes and watersheds) and geostatistical data (such as crime patterns, population distribution, and incidence of disease) at America’s fingertips. The Hammer Award was Vice President Al Gore’s special recognition for teams who have made significant contributions toward improving government’s service to the American people. The award consisted of certificates signed by Gore and a $6 hammer with red ribbon. More than 1,200 Hammer Awards were presented to teams comprised of federal, state and local employees who are working to build a better government.