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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!

11/15/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Updates 
  • Colorado (mostly) finished!
  • UPDATES to Naming requirements
  • New Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri
  • Illinois Schools Challenge still running

Colorado (mostly) finished!: 

Courthouses in Colorado appear to mostly finished! If you are a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor, and you would like to check the green points on the map, please go ahead and do so. Don't forget: if you added the initial point, please don't peer review it yourself. In case anyone wants to finish up Colorado, we will wait until next week to post recognition for this challenge. In the meantime, thank you so much to everyone who is participating in the Courthouse Pilot Project, and thank you also to those who have provided feedback!

Because this is a pilot project, we will be refining our user guide and other procedures based on the feedback we get. We are already making some changes based on the feedback we've gotten from this initial challenge.

UPDATES to Naming Requirements: 

We are working on updating the Courthouse Pilot section of the user guide, but until we get that published, here are some slight changes that should help simplify naming:

1) Use the name as found on an authoritative website (e.g. Rio Blanco Combined Court, San Miguel County Courthouse, Adams County Justice Center, etc.).

2) The name is no longer required to have "County Courthouse", etc. We know that there is a lot of variability in courthouse names, and after getting feedback, we've reevaluated this requirement. As stated above, the best (and easiest) course of action is to list the name as found on an authoritative website. If the authoritative website says Adams County Justice Center, use that name. If you previously named a courthouse using the prior guidance, (i.e. adding "County Courthouse"), that naming is still acceptable. Thank you for your patience as we refine our procedures.

New Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri

The next Courthouse Mapping Challenge will be Missouri. As of Friday afternoon, no points have been collected yet. Happy mapping!

Illinois Schools Challenge still running

Don't forget, the Illinois School Mapping Challenge is still happening. There are just under 300 points that still need to be edited, and about 1,600 that need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. Help us get as many of these points edited as possible before US Topo maps for Illinois are updated!

Check out Interactive Status Map to help us with this challenge.


11/15/17 -------------------------------------------------------------

New Colorado Courthouse Pilot Project Mapping Challenge / Illinois Schools Extended

You may have seen our recent email announcing our new Courthouse Pilot Project. If you haven't heard about the pilot project yet, you can read about it in the new Courthouse Pilot Project Guide section of the user guide. We are going to eventually be collecting the entire United States, but since this is a pilot project we are going to release states as Mapping Challenges in order to refine our documentation and simplify the data review of completeness and quality. We are asking you to start with Colorado. Before we could even officially announce it, you've already done a ton of work! TNMCorps volunteers rock!

Check out the status map below to see what still needs to be done. As a reminder, there are no existing red points for this project. Any blue, purple, and yellow points are finished and do not need to be checked again. Please make sure to read the Courthouse Pilot Project Guide before participating in the Mapping Challenge. 


Don't forget, we are running the Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge for a little while longer! See the previous post from 11/01/17 for more information, and don't forget to check out the Interactive Status Map. Help us get as many of this points finished as possible before US Topo maps are updated for Illinois!

11/01/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge Deadline Extended!

We have a few extra weeks to get as many Illinois School points edited as possible. This challenge will now be active until mid-November. Don't forget, when the challenge ends we still would like for you to edit the remaining schools in Illinois; those updates just won't make it onto the latest revision of the US Topo maps for Illinois. 

Don't forget to check out the  Interactive Status Map to see what still needs to be done on this challenge. To see the individual points zoom in or click on the purple circles. As of this post there are 353 remaining unedited points that need to be checked by a Standard Editor,  and 2,203 points that need to be Peer Reviewed. Advanced Editors can edit any of the remaining red and green points. Thank you to everyone who has already participated and checked any of the 3,295 finished points! 

10/12/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Interactive Status Map Available Now!

The long-promised Interactive Status Map is finally here! Editors can use this tool to see the edit status (e.g. unedited) of points and use the link to jump to the point location in the editor.  It displays real-time data, so it is always up-to-date. Check it out!  

10/11/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Over 600 points have been edited since our last update! Thank you for sticking with it! We've still got quite a ways to go though. We will be running this challenge until the end of October. Help us finish up this challenge by the end of the month. If you are Standard Editor, check the remaining red points. If you are a Peer Reviewer, check the green points. If you are an Advanced Editor, check them all (red and green)! 

For more information about this challenge, see the original Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge post from 7/21/2017, further down on this page.

9/29/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Here are updated status maps, including two maps that show the remaining unedited points (need to be checked) and points that have been edited (need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor). 

For more information about this challenge, see the original Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge post from 7/21/2017.

9/22/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Wow! A ton of progress has been made since our last update; nice job volunteers! There are now 300 additional points that are finished.

Although we've come a long way, there is still much to be done. There are 900 points that need to be checked (by a Standard Editor or an Advanced Editor) and 2,946 points that need to be Peer Reviewed or checked by an Advanced Editor. We have until the end of October, so lets get this huge challenge finished! Thanks as always to everyone who has contributed.

9/12/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

For more information about this challenge, see the original Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge post from 7/21/2017.

9/8/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

We're still chugging along... Think we can get this challenge done by the end of October? Of course we can! ...with your help! We could use some Peer Reviewers or Advanced Editors to start working on the points that have been edited by Standard Editors already. Keep up the good work everyone! 

For more information about this challenge, see the original Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge post from 7/21/2017.

8/25/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Some great progress has been made on the Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge. Keep up the good work! See the updated status map below.

For more information about this challenge, see the previous post from 7/21/2017.

8/15/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Thanks to all of our volunteers who are working on the Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge! See the updated status map below.

For more information about this challenge, see the previous post from 7/21/2017.

8/9/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Schools

Volunteers have already made some great progress on this huge mapping challenge. See the updated status map below.

For more information about this challenge, see the previous post from 7/21/2017.

7/21/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
NEW MAPPING CHALLENGE: Illinois Schools

Our next Mapping Challenge is also focused on getting data ready in advance of upcoming US Topo revisions. This challenge will be by far our biggest yet: all Schools in Illinois. This includes all of our school feature types: General School, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Technical / Trade School, and College / University. 

Don't forget that you can participate in mapping challenges as a standard editor, a peer reviewer (once the points have been edited), or an advanced editor. As always, make sure you're familiar with what we are collecting for School facilities before participating. Volunteers who participate will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

Before starting, you may want to check out some of the common questions and answers posted about Schools on our Q&A page. If you haven't edited Schools yet (or lately), we also recommend you review specifics about editing Schools in the user guide, especially the Resources section, which explains what types of websites are authoritative and what types are not. There are several very informative articles about editing Schools in our May 2017 newsletter, so check that out too.

With over 3,143 points that need to be reviewed, this challenge will probably take a while. We will run the challenge until the end of October. 

Good news! The interactive status map should be online sometime next week! That will allow you to more easily find the points that need to be edited. In the meantime, below are two static maps of the status of the points currently, and the locations of the schools by category of school.

Happy Mapping!

7/19/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

Our first Mapping Challenge in the new editor and our biggest ever is completed! ...and in time for those updates to make it onto the upcoming revision of the US Topo maps for Illinois! Thanks to our volunteers all of the over 1,280 unique Post Office points in Illinois were updated, verified, added, or removed, and all were peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor!

Thank you to the participants in this challenge: 

mmmbekka, rjerrard, geo163, nina.frohling, superlemur, HGeisler, rea1961, RagingSeas, Lapunta8, TSDNAV, LTPZ, jdanfora, Lilitleet, AndrewMuniz, robwills77, ChrisColeman

(star)(star)(star) Special shout out to HGeisler for participating in their 10th mapping challenge! Keep up the awesome work! 

Check back here for a new Mapping Challenge in the next few days.



 

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