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New to The National Map Corps? Head over here for an overview of the project.

Mapping Challenges will be released periodically and are a way to focus volunteers on areas that need editing. The challenge is to edit the red points if you are Standard Editor and to Peer Review the green points within the challenge area released. Make sure to look for missing points too! Advanced Editors can edit any of the points within the challenge area. 

Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. Contribute to The National Map by participating in Mapping Challenges!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Michigan
11/14/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Michigan

Here is the weekly update for this challenge!

If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and someone will be happy to assist!  Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
11/14/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

Here is the weekly update for this challenge!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Results: Cemeteries in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Jackson Counties, Michigan
11/12/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Results: Cemeteries in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Jackson Counties, Michigan

This challenge is now complete!!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Here is a time lapse of our volunteer contributions for this challenge: 

Overall, 6 volunteers participated and edited 204 unique points throughout the challenge.  Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role: 

  • Standard Editor: 121
  • Peer Reviewer: 30
  • Advanced Editor: 134


 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.
  1. JoanMCameron 
  2. naclark05 
  3. Peregrine 
  4. rgaster 
  5. Sunny
  6. superlemur 

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
11/07/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

Here is the weekly update for this challenge!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

NEW Mapping Challenge!! City/Town Halls in Michigan
11/06/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
New Mapping Challenge! City/Town Halls in Michigan

City/town halls are now being added to upcoming revisions of US Topo maps!  Our volunteers have been steadily collecting these structures in the eastern states, however, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially since we started with minimal seed data.  Michigan maps will be updated soon so here’s a new challenge for city/town halls in Michigan!  

As you can see from this map, there are a few points to start with, though there are still many to be collected.  Like our previous city/town hall challenges, most of the features for this challenge will be collected from scratch.

Tips and tricks for this challenge: 

Michigan’s Local Government: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated

  1. Local government in Michigan consists of cities, villages, and townships. 
    1. Cities and villages are incorporated while townships are not
    2. Even though townships are not incorporated, they may still have a township hall from which administrative activities are performed.  Baraga Township is an example.  These buildings fit the TNMCorps definition of a city/town hall.  
    3. However, if you’ve searched and searched and cannot find a designated building from which the township’s administrative activities are conducted, that’s ok, too.  We anticipate that some townships will have such a building while others will not; it all varies by community.  
    4. See the Cities vs. Towns vs. Villages article in our September 2019 newsletter for more information.
  2. Remember to find an authoritative source (e.g., the city or village’s website) for each feature before adding it to the web editor.  
    1. Not sure why we can’t just rely on information provided in these lists below?  See the How to Spot an Authoritative (Re)Source article in our November 2017 newsletter for more information.  

Possible Sources

  1. Michigan’s state website maintains a list of cities, townships, and villages
    1. Note that this list also includes Census Designated Places which typically fall under county government and therefore are not likely to have a city/town hall.  
  2. The Michigan Townships Association also allows users to search for townships by county.  
 Click here for an infographic on searching for townships.

Infographic on searching for townships

Proper Point Placement

  1. Our November 2018 newsletter includes an article on aerial interpretation for city/town hall structures. This article walks readers through how to find the correct building to place a point on when examining aerial photography.

Interested in collecting city/town halls elsewhere?

Remember that we’re collecting city/town halls nationally, so feel free to research these features throughout the entire U.S.  Other priority states include (in order of priority): NM, UT, WA, OR, ID, MT, and ND. However, note that only city/town halls for Michigan will count towards this challenge.  

If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and someone will be happy to assist!  Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Results: Schools in Wayne Co, MI
11/06/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Results: Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

This challenge is now complete!!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  Here is a time lapse of our volunteer contributions for this challenge: 

Overall, 6 volunteers participated and edited 560 unique points throughout the challenge.  Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role: 

  • Standard Editor: 8
  • Peer Reviewer: 0
  • Advanced Editor: 555


 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.
  1. dcubuia 
  2. JoanMCameron 
  3. Mechille 
  4. Bill Schlatter 
  5. superlemur 
  6. trmosher

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

FINISHED!! Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
11/04/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
FINISHED!!  Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan

This challenge is now COMPLETE! Thank you to everyone to participated!

We're working on assembling summary results for both this and the Michigan Schools challenges and will post them here shortly.  In the meantime, our mapping challenge for City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia is still open!  We'll also be launching another mapping challenge for Michigan in the near future since Michigan is currently a priority state for US Topo Map production.  So check back often!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!


Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
10/31/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI

Trick-or-Treat! Calling all Standard Editors, Peer Reviewers, and Advanced Editors! We need your help reviewing cemeteries! There are several edited (green) cemeteries that we need our Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors to help us confirm. There's also a handful of unedited (red) cemeteries that our Standard Editors can help with. And don't forget about adding cemeteries that are not yet in the editor. If you know of a cemetery that doesn't have a point yet, feel free to add it.  Just be sure to thoroughly search the editor and make sure a point for it doesn't already exist before doing so.

So once you've completed your trick-or-treat rounds, grab a handful of Halloween candy or even a bowl of candy corn (yum!) and cozy up by the fire place while helping us to confirm these points!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
10/31/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

This challenge is coming along nice and steady! Ohio is especially starting to look nice; points are coming in county-by-county with close to another 100 points added since last week's update!

See our post from 9/30/19 for possible sources of these features. Additional sources may include websites for County Engineers in Ohio and Census.gov's American FactFinder.  Be on the look out for an article in our upcoming newsletter for how to to assemble a "checklist" of possible city/town halls with American FactFinder.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!


NEW!! Interactive Web Map for the TNMCorps Mapping Challenges!
10/28/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
NEW!! Interactive Web Map for the TNMCorps Mapping Challenges!

Some of our tried and true editors have probably noticed that our recent mapping challenges have not been accompanied by an interactive web map.  This is because we've been busy behind the scenes working on a new platform for the Interactive Challenge Map.  

The wait is over and the moment is finally here!  Announcing our new Interactive Challenge Map:


Just like our previous interactive web maps, you can use this platform to zoom in and out while getting a closer look at points that have been collected for this challenge.  You can also click on each point to access a hyperlink that will take you to that same point in the web editor.  

One of the platform’s new features includes an interactive layers list.  To toggle layers on and off, click on the “Layers” tab. You can also choose which basemap you’d like to display as you’re panning around.  

This interactive web map will accompany our larger (i.e., state-level) mapping challenges.  For the smaller (i.e., county-level) challenges, volunteers can still use the filters built into the web editor: 

Drop-Down Filters in the TNMCorps Editor

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
10/24/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan

Halloween is one of our favorite seasons here at TNMCorps!  Apparently our volunteers enjoy the season, too, with only 16 unedited (red) cemeteries remaining - nice work!  There's still more to be done with 67 edited (green) points needing review.  But that's where our spooktacular Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can help!  

Don't forget about the Cemetery Research and Guidance article in our September 2019 newsletter for tips on how to confirm hard-to-locate cemeteries.  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions. 

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!


Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
10/24/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

City/Town Halls continue to come in for this challenge!  Nice work!  Remember that, when referencing a list of governing entities, please confirm the entity with an authoritative website (e.g., a city website) before adding a point.  Do not take the name and address of a governing entity as it exists in a list at face value.   These features are dynamic and changes are slow to find their way into cumulative lists.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge CLOSED!! Schools in Wayne Co, MI
10/24/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge CLOSED!! Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

This challenge is now CLOSED!  Thank you to all who contributed!  We are working on summary results and will post them here shortly.  In the meantime, our challenges for Michigan Cemeteries and City / Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia are still open, so feel free to contribute towards those. 

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
10/21/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan

With Halloween just around the corner, now's the perfect time to get in the spooky mood by taking a virtual tour of cemeteries!  Only 21 unedited points remain for this challenge - how exciting!  We also have 75 points that need to be confirmed by a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor.   

Check out the Cemetery Research and Guidance article in our September 2019 newsletter for tips on how to confirm these hard-to-locate cemeteries. 

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
10/21/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

Here's the weekly update for this challenge.  Check out our post from 9/30/19 for possible sources containing a list of cities, villages, and townships for these states. 

Still unsure about a feature?  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne Co, MI
10/21/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

It's always exciting to see our volunteers chipping away at each challenge!  This challenge is close to being finished, but not quite yet. 

Many of the unedited red points that are outstanding have ALL CAPS in their attribute fields, indicating that they were probably part of our original data load (i.e., circa 2011) and have never been edited.  For these schools, try and find a website confirming the school is in operation.  If you cannot find a school website, conduct a web search for the school's name and the term "closed."  Search results will frequently include news articles announcing the school's closure. 

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
10/10/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI

Here's the weekly update for this challenge.  Approximately 50 points have been edited since the last update.  Nice work!    

Remember to think twice before deleting a cemetery.  Many older cemeteries are located among thick vegetation and are difficult to spot.  Check out the Cemetery Research and Guidance article in our September 2019 newsletter for tips on how to confirm these hard-to-locate cemeteries.

Still unsure about a feature?  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia
10/10/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

This challenge is coming along nicely with another 150 points added since our last update!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne Co, MI
10/10/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

This challenge is close to being finished, but not quite yet! There are still several points that we need your help with!  Our Standard Editors can help us with these red points.  Peer Reviewers or Advanced Editors can help with the green points.  Check out this article from our October 2015 newsletter for more on what a point's border colors mean. 

Not sure if a school is still in operation?  Perform a web search for the school's name and the word "closed."  If a school has closed, searching for these terms will occasionally include local news articles announcing the school's closure.    

Still unsure about a feature?  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Results: Mid-Atlantic City / Town Halls
10/03/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Results - Mid-Atlantic City / Town Halls

Our Mid-Atlantic City / Town Hall mapping challenge is now finished!!  A huge shout-out to all of our volunteers who participated in this challenge!  Here is a time-lapse of our volunteer contributions:

Overall, 21 volunteers combined forces and edited a total of 2786 unique points throughout the challenge. Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role:

  • Standard Editor: 875

  • Peer Reviewer: 16

  • Advanced Editor: 2325

(star)(star) Special shout-out to geo163 for participating in their 10th mapping challenge, and to detour for participating in their 5th mapping challenge! Keep up the awesome work!


 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.

rbiguy

BenWemesfelder 

fconley 

gracebrill 

Chin-Yun Kuei 

zdhiu 

Randolph7792 

jluckhardt 

geo163 

KalinKhanzada 

Old Dad 

liannotti 

detour 

msean21 

find&record 

Space Kraft 

Cartograsaurus02 

superlemur 

stuart 

tacaha5

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI
10/03/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI

Our volunteers are certainly getting into the Halloween spirit with several edits already coming in since we launched this challenge a few days ago!  Nice work!

Remember to think twice before deleting a cemetery.  Many older cemeteries are located among thick vegetation and are difficult to spot.  Check out the Cemetery Research and Guidance article in our September 2019 newsletter for tips on how to confirm these hard-to-locate cemeteries.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

10/03/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

It's always exciting to see features coming in for our new challenges!  It just goes to show how amazing our volunteers are!

Interested in participating in this challenge?  See our original post from September 30, 2019 for a list of potential sources. One of our dedicated volunteers also provided some tips and tricks on searching for features in Ohio.  "Old Dad" noted that county engineering departments in Ohio will sometimes publish a list of townships with the location of town halls on their websites.  Thank you for passing that information along!

Have any other tips and tricks to share?  We love hearing from our volunteers, so feel free to pass them along to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov. Also reach out to us with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI
10/03/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI

Calling all Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors!  There are still several red and green points that need updating.  Please help us to confirm these remaining points.  Our Standard Editors can help us to confirm these, too!

Not sure if a school is still in operation?  Perform a web search for the school's name and the word "closed."  If a school has closed, searching for these terms will occasionally include local news articles announcing the school's closure.    

Still unsure about a feature?  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we're happy to help.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

NEW Mapping Challenge!! Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, MI

10/01/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

NEW Lightning Challenge! Cemeteries in Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo Counties, Michigan

Now that school schedules are settling in and the Wayne County Schools challenge is nearing completion, we are launching a “spooktacular” challenge just in time for Halloween!  This challenge will focus on cemeteries in the Michigan counties of Calhoun, Jackson, and Kalamazoo.  

As you can see from the map, there are plenty of unedited (red) cemeteries that need editing.


A reminder that TNMCorps uses a tiered editing process, so you may come across points with different border colors throughout the challenge.  See the article titled Editor Roles and Point Colors in our November 2018 newsletter for more on this process.


Tips and Tricks for Editing Cemeteries 

The primary changes that we ask our volunteers to look for when editing cemeteries are: 

  1. Does the cemetery have the correct name?
  2. Is the point in the correct location?

Confirm Names with Authoritative Sources

Proper Point Placement

What if I can’t locate an existing cemetery? 

  • Can’t locate an existing cemetery? Think twice before deleting it!  Many times older cemeteries exist in forests or overgrown brush and are difficult to spot in aerial photography.  

What about Addresses?

Addresses are an optional field for all of our points, especially cemeteries.  If a street address exists, we encourage volunteers to add this information. However, many cemeteries do not have an exact street address.  In these scenarios, entering cross streets or the closest street or road name is acceptable.  

Are the other mapping challenges still open?

Yes, our mapping challenges for Schools in Wayne Co, MI and City / Town Halls in OH and WV are still open as of this post.  Feel free to participate in either challenge, and check back frequently for updates on each.


Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

NEW Mapping Challenge: City / Town Hall Structures in Ohio and West Virginia

9/30/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

New Mapping Challenge!  City / Town Hall Structures in Ohio and West Virginia

Our volunteers certainly enjoy collecting city / town halls, so why stop now?  City / town halls are now being added to upcoming revisions of US Topo maps. Because this is a relatively new feature to TNMCorps, with minimal seed data, there is a lot of work to be done to get the data ready ahead of map revisions. We know our amazing volunteers are up to the challenge!  Here’s a new challenge for city / town halls, this time in Ohio and West Virginia

As you can see from this map, there are many points still to be collected.  Like our previous city/town hall challenges, most of the features for this challenge will be collected from scratch.

Tips and tricks for this challenge:  

Incorporated Places

  1. Most of the city / town hall structures will fall within incorporated places. See the Cities vs. Towns vs. Villages article in our September 2019 newsletter for more on incorporated places. 
    1. Local government in Ohio consists of cities, villages and townships; cities and villages are incorporated while townships are not.
    2. Incorporated places in West Virginia consist primarily of cities, towns, and villages.  West Virginia does not have townships.  
  2. There may be multiple city / town hall structures in each county.
  3. A good starting place is to search Wikipedia for a list of municipalities or incorporated places in each county. 
    1. Remember that these Wikipedia lists are only a starting point and are not an authoritative source.
    2. Therefore, as you work through the list to map each entry, be sure to confirm each feature with an authoritative source such as the city’s website. 
    3. See the Ensuring Data Completeness article in our July 2019 newsletter for more on assembling a checklist of structures to research.
  4. State websites are another good starting place.
    1. Ohio’s website includes a directory of officials for every city, village, and township
    2. West Virginia’s website includes a list of counties throughout the state (i.e., click on "Local Government").  Each county then has a web page that lists all the cities and towns in the county (e.g., see the page for Barbour, WV)

Proper Point Placement

  1. Our November 2018 newsletter includes an article on aerial interpretation for City / Town hall structures. This article walks readers through how to find the correct building to place a point on when examining aerial photography.

Interested in collecting city/town halls elsewhere?

Remember that we’re collecting city/town halls nationally, so feel free to research these features throughout the entire U.S.  Other priority states include (in order of priority): MI, NM, UT, WA, OR, ID, MT, and ND. However, note that only city/town halls for Ohio and West Virginia will count towards this challenge.

What about the other mapping challenges?  Are they still open?

Our mapping challenge for Colorado is closed, but our challenge for schools in Wayne County, MI is still open as of this post.  Feel free to participate in either challenge, and check back frequently for updates on each.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI
9/26/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI

Schools in Wayne County, MI are coming along nicely!  Much progress has been made, though there's still more to be done.  For example, there's still several red points that our Standard Editors can help us research and confirm.  There's also a handful of green points for our Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors to confirm as well.  

Don't forget about the handy drop-down filters on the web editor's Edit tab.  Choose "Unedited Only" to see the red points, or "Edited Only" to see the green points.  Remember to filter by feature type as well.  Using both of these drop-downs will filter out schools that have already been approved (yellow) or advanced edited (purple).  

Drop-Down Filters in the TNMCorps Editor

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

FINISHED!! Mapping Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

9/26/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

FINISHED!!  Our Mapping Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in the Mid-Atlantic is now complete!

This mapping challenge is now complete!  This was one of our larger challenges in terms of both geographic area and duration.  Just from looking at the number of points start-to-finish, our volunteers helped us to collect ~2500 points as part of this challenge - AMAZING!!  We are putting together summary stats as we speak and will post them on this page in the near future, so check back often.  In the meantime, a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed!  Also be on the lookout for a new city / town hall challenge coming shortly.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI
9/19/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI

Look at how far Wayne County has come since we launched this project!  Existing schools are being confirmed while closed schools are being removed. Yet another testimony to how awesome our volunteers are!  (red star)(blue star)(thumbs up)

As always, remember confirm changes with an authoritative source before adding, updating, or removing a point.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

9/19/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

This challenge is getting SO CLOSE!  There's still a few incorporations in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York to be collected.  PA counties with features remaining include Berks County, Dauphin County, and Potter County among others.  New York counties with features remaining include Albany, Columbia, Green, Onondaga, and Rensselaer counties among others.    

There's also several green points throughout the area that need to be checked by a Peer Reviewer or Advanced Editor.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate these points.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI
9/12/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Update: Schools in Wayne County, MI

Edits are coming along smoothly for schools in Wayne County, MI!  Obsolete schools are being removed while existing schools are being updated, which is exactly what we anticipated. Just a reminder to confirm changes with an authoritative source before adding, updating, or removing a point.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

9/12/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

It's always fun seeing the points that come in week by week for our challenges!  Part of it is because it demonstrates just how awesome our volunteers are!  There's still a few incorporations in Upstate New York to be collected, especially in Albany, Fulton, Herkimer, and Montgomery counties among others.    

There's also several green points throughout the area that need to be checked by a Peer Reviewer or Advanced Editor.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate these points.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Results: Colorado City / Town Halls
9/10/19 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Results - Colorado City / Town Halls

Here are the summary results for our Colorado lightning challenge.  A huge shout-out to everyone who participated!  We also put together a time-lapse of volunteer contributions:

Overall, 3 of our outstanding volunteers edited 167 unique points. Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role:

  • Standard Editor: 6

  • Peer Reviewer: 0

  • Advanced Editor: 182


 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.

geo163

Space Kraft

Trmosher

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

NEW Lightning Challenge: Back to School in Wayne County, Michigan!

9/05/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

New Mapping Challenge!  A Lightning Challenge for Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

With our current lightning challenge now complete, we wanted to launch another challenge just in time for back-to-school!  What better time to focus on TMNCorps’s school features?  

What is a Lightning Challenge?

For those who are new to our mapping challenges, a lightning challenge is just like our other mapping challenges except they have smaller project areas and shorter time frames.  

Schools in Wayne County, Michigan

This lightning challenge will focus on General Schools, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, and High Schools in Wayne County, Michigan (i.e., the Detroit area) and will run for the month of September.   

As you can see from the status map, there are many features in the area that have yet to be edited.

Due to the age and source of the schools data in this area, we're anticipating many changes which may include (but are not limited to):

Anticipated Changes

Tips and Tricks

  1. Positioning the school on the correct building

Check out this page of the User Guide for how to move a point

  1. Confirming that schools are still open (or adding new schools)

Check out the User Guide for how to research a feature. Pages on adding or removing a point may also be helpful 

  1. Making sure the school’s name matches the school website 

Use an authoritative source when updating names

  1. Removing special characters (e.g., commas, periods, etc.) from the Name field

See our Name and Address Formatting Guide for more information on special characters

  1. Checking to ensure the school’s icon is correct 

Check our our Structures List and this Decision Tree for more on school symbols

  1. Converting ALL CAPS to Title Case 

See our Name and Address Formatting Guide

  1. Removing the 4-digit extension from zip codes

Check out this article titled Ditch the Digits: New Zipcode Guidelines in our November 2018 Newsletter

For starters, Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) provides a list of all the public school districts in Wayne County, MI.  Be sure to visit each district’s website for a list of public schools (and corresponding school websites) within. As for private schools, good starting points include MetroParent and NCES. Note that these are secondary (aggregate) sources and do not include every private school in Wayne County.  

Regardless of whether it is public or private, remember to confirm each school with an authoritative source (i.e., a school website) before editing a point. 

What about the other mapping challenges?  Are they still open?

Our mapping challenge for Colorado is closed, but our challenge for the Mid-Atlantic (i.e., NY, NJ and PA) is still open as of this post.  Feel free to participate in either challenge, and check back frequently for updates on each.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

FINISHED!! Mapping Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in CO

9/05/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

FINISHED!!  Our Lightning Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado is now complete!

This mapping challenge is now complete!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  We will be posting the results and participants on this page soon, so check back often.  Also be on the lookout for a new lightning challenge coming shortly.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in NJ, NY, & PA

9/05/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Points are steadily coming in with another 200 points added since last week.  Great job!  There's still a few incorporations in Upstate New York to be collected.  New York's website has a very nice list of all the counties in the state.  It also lists the municipalities found in each county, so a helpful resource indeed. 

There's several green points throughout the area that need to be checked by a Peer Reviewer or Advanced Editor.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate these points.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in CO

8/29/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update:  Lightning Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado 

Colorado is SO CLOSE!  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!

We've included two separate status update maps again.  We also performed the same quick analysis, but this time for the entire state.  Most of the Denver suburbs have now been collected; there's still a handful in the metro area that need collecting along with some other communities scattered throughout the state.

A reminder that this is not a definitive list of what remains to be collected; it only shows the relationship between incorporated places (i.e., polygons) and city / town halls (i.e., points). Edgewater is a perfect example of a community whose City / Town Hall has already been collected but was highlighted by this quick analysis because its city hall falls just outside of its polygon.  Alas, the labeled communities on this second map are a rough checklist of what remains to be collected in Colorado.    

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in NJ, NY, & PA

8/29/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

This challenge is also SO CLOSE to being finished!  Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!  Here is the weekly update with roughly 200 more points coming in since last week.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate points that need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited.

Check out the article titled Ensuring Data Completeness in our July 2019 newsletter for authoritative sources.  Still not sure which communities should be collected?  Be on the lookout for an article in our September Newsletter providing tips on the different types of communities along with those that are more likely to have a City / Town Hall.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in CO

8/22/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update:  Lightning Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado 

Colorado is nearing completion, though there's still a few features that remain to be collected.  Here is an update map that includes incorporated places (small, gray polygons). 

We also performed a quick analysis to see which Denver suburbs have a point within their corporate limits (light gray) vs. those that do not (dark gray with labels); see the second map below for results.  Note that this is not a definitive list of what remains to be collected; it only shows the relationship between incorporated places (i.e., polygons) and city / town halls (i.e., points).  In other words, it's possible that some of these dark gray jurisdictions have already had their City / Town Hall collected but it does not fall inside the gray polygon.  It's also possible that some don't have a designated City / Town Hall building at all, and that's ok, too! The intent is to serve as a checklist of possible remaining features in the Denver Metro Area.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in NJ, NY, & PA

8/22/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Here is the weekly update for this challenge.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate those green points that need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited.

Several towns are coming in for Upstate New York, though there's still more to be added.  There's also a few in some of the central Pennsylvania counties that need to be added.  Check out the article titled Ensuring Data Completeness in our July 2019 newsletter for authoritative sources on how to locate these towns.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in CO

8/15/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update:  Lightning Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado 

Our volunteers never cease to amaze us!  The number of City / Town Halls in Colorado has more than doubled in the past week - nice work!  

There's still a few features that remain to be collected.  Here is an update map that includes incorporated places (small, gray polygons).  There's several suburbs of the Denver Metro Area that still need to be collected, too.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in NJ, NY, & PA

8/15/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Here is the weekly update for this challenge.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate those green points that need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited.

There's still several towns in Upstate New York that need to be added.  There's also a few in some of the central Pennsylvania counties that need to be added.  Check out the article titled Ensuring Data Completeness in our July 2019 newsletter for authoritative sources on how to locate these towns.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


NEW Mapping Challenge! City / Town Hall Structures in CO

8/9/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

New Mapping Challenge!  A Lightning Challenge for City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado 

Our current challenge in the Mid-Atlantic is nearly complete so we wanted to spice things up a bit with a Lightning Challenge!  

What is a Lightning Challenge?  

A Lightning Challenge is like our other mapping challenges except it has a smaller project area and shorter time frame.  

City / Town Hall Structures in Colorado

This challenge will focus on City / Town Hall structures in Colorado and will run through mid-September.  Approximately 200 points still need to be collected. USGS will be updating Colorado US Topo maps soon so what better time to offer a Lightning Challenge for this area!   

City / Town Hall structures in Colorado will primarily be found in cities and towns. Try looking at the smaller towns along the highways and roads for missing points.  Here is a Wikipedia article further describing Colorado’s governmental structure. Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs also offers census data by city / town, which may also be of assistance. 

There isn’t much existing city/town hall data, so many points will need to be added as new features. Check out this article titled Ensuring Data Completeness from our July 2019 newsletter for tips on how to collect a complete dataset from scratch. 

We’re also working on the interactive web map for this challenge as we speak, so check back often!

What about the Mid-Atlantic City / Town Halls Challenge? 

Our mapping challenge for NY, NJ, and PA is still open as of this post, so feel free to participate in either challenge!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

8/8/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Another 200 points have come in over the last two weeks.  Keep up the good work!  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate those green points that need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited.

If you're wondering how to tell when a county or state is complete, check out the article titled Ensuring Data Completeness in our July 2019 newsletter for some tips.  The article also contains pointers on additional sources.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


Mapping Challenge Updates

7/25/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates 

Another 200 points! Keep up the good work!  

Remember that we're collecting City / Town Halls throughout the entire U.S., so feel free to collect these structures in other areas as well.  Just note that only City / Town Halls collected within this geographic area will be recognized in the mapping challenge results. 

Interested in editing structures other than City / Town Halls?  Our Structure Finder can help locate points that need to be edited, so check it out!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

7/18/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Here's the current status of our mapping challenge.  All of the major cities are filling in, leaving some of the more trickier townships yet to be collected.  When deciding whether to collect a township or borough, a general rule of thumb to follow is this: if the jurisdiction (e.g., municipality, township, village, or borough) uses any level of self-governing authority to provide governmental services to its residents, then these services are often administered from a common building.  If a building is used solely for these purposes, then it would be considered a City / Town Hall.  

Here's a few Wikipedia articles that better describe the governmental structure of each state: 

Be on the lookout for articles in our next few newsletters discussing this very topic as well.  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questionsThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!


Mapping Challenge Updates

7/11/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates 

More and more points are coming in, so keep up the good work!  Don't forget about townships; Town Halls are eligible to be collected under the City / Town Hall feature type and there are several townships throughout these states.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

7/03/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Wishing a safe and happy 4th of July to our volunteers!  Don't forget to stop by the TNMCorps web editor between barbecues! 

Here's the current status of our mapping challenge with another 100 points added since last week.  Our Interactive Web Map can help locate those green points that need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited.  Keep up the good work!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.govThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Updates

6/27/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates 

Points continue to come in for City / Town Hall structures in the Mid-Atlantic! Keep up the good work!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

6/20/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Another 100 points have been added since our last update!  Keep up the good work!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.govThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Updates

6/13/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates 

Points continue to come in for City / Town Hall structures in the Mid-Atlantic! Keep up the good work!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

6/06/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Since our last update, it looks as though all of the seed data (i.e., red points) have been edited and confirmed!  Keep up the good work!

There's still plenty more to edit before this challenge is complete.  Remember that most of the points for this challenge will be added directly by volunteers.  And as you can see from the western portions of New York and Pennsylvania, there's plenty of City / Town Halls throughout these states due to their relatively long history with communities dating back to the colonial period.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.govThanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Updates

5/30/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates 

Points continue to come in for City / Town Hall structures in the Mid-Atlantic! Keep up the good work!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

Mapping Challenge Updates

5/23/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Update: City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Points are starting to come in for City / Town Hall structures in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania! Keep up the good work!

Don't forget about the interactive web map for this challenge.  There's also the Structure Finder that searches for points throughout the entire U.S. 

Have a question about City / Town Hall structures? Check out our Q&A Forum to see if someone else had the same question.  A few entries for City / Town Halls have already been submitted: 

Not finding what you're looking for?  Submit a question and someone from the community will be glad to assist!  You can also reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov

Thanks for all that you do, and Happy Mapping!

Mapping Challenge Updates - Interactive Web Map Available

5/20/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge Updates - Interactive Web Map Now Available!

Here's the interactive web map for City / Town Halls in PA, NJ, and NY.  Be sure to check out its new functionality that allows users to turn layers off and on!  

Looking to edit elsewhere?  Our Structure Finder searches for points throughout the entire U.S.

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

NEW Mapping Challenge!

5/14/19 -------------------------------------------------------------

NEW Mapping Challenge! City / Town Hall Structures in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

Since our volunteers are (star) amazing (star) and did such an awesome job collecting City / Town Hall structures in the DC area, we wanted to extend this effort up the eastern seaboard. This puts our next challenge focusing on City / Town Hall structures in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

These states contain a large amount of historic architecture (especially NY and PA...), so check out our newsletters from July, September, and November 2018 for more on the different types of architecture one might encounter.

The tips and tricks for this challenge are similar to the DC Area, yet are worth mentioning again with a few updates (highlighted in italics):  

Incorporated Places

  1. Most of the City / Town Hall structures will fall within incorporated places. An incorporated place is an area that is governed by a local municipal corporation.
    1. Incorporated places in NJ, NY and PA may include cities, towns, or villages.
  2. There may be multiple City / Town Hall structures in each county.
  3. A good place to start is to search Wikipedia for a list of municipalities or incorporated places in each county. 
    1. Remember that these Wikipedia lists are only a starting point and are not an authoritative source.
    2. Therefore, as you work through the list to map each entry, be sure to confirm each feature with an authoritative source such as the city’s website.

Proper Point Placement

  1. There’s slightly more seed data (i.e., red, unedited points) for this challenge compared to the last, however most of the features for this challenge will still be collected from scratch.  
  2. Different incorporated places may share a building for their city/town hall locations. If so, add a point for each city/town hall. An example of this is the Rye Town Office which occupies space on the Third Floor of the Port Chester Village Hall in Port Chester, NY.
  3. Our November 2018 newsletter includes an article on aerial interpretation for City / Town hall structures. This article walks readers through how to find the correct building to place a point on when examining aerial photography.

We’re working on the Interactive Web Map for this challenge as we speak. We’ll post it on this page once it’s available, so stay tuned!

If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and someone will be happy to assist!  Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!

Looking for previous updates? Click here to check out our Past Mapping Challenges.


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