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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!

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.


7/11/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge - 6 POINTS LEFT!

There are just points left that need to be checked by a Peer Reviewer or Advanced Editor!Help us wrap this challenge up today!

If you need more information about this challenge, please see the previous post from 5/2/2017.


 
 6/23/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge - ALMOST FINISHED!

We are so close to wrapping this one up! Are you a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor? If so, help us out! There are just 64 points remaining that need to be checked by a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor. Help us finish this challenge before the end of the month! Thanks as always for all the work you that you do.

If you need more information about this challenge, please see the previous post from 5/2/2017.

6/13/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge

We're getting closer and closer to having this challenge finished... there are now just 64 points that need to be edited, and 154 that need to be Peer Reviewed or checked by an Advanced Editor. Thanks for your continuing hard work on getting all the Post Office points in Illinois updated!

If you need more information about this challenge, please see the previous post from 5/2/2017.


5/25/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge

Wow! As usual our volunteers have risen to the challenge!

Since we released this mapping challenge on 5/2/2017, the number of "finished" points (have been peer reviewed, advanced edited, or reviewed by USGS) has jumped from 315 to 958. A tremendous amount of work has been done in just three weeks, but there are still many points that need to be edited and reviewed. Please see the updated status map below to see what still needs to be done. If you need more information about this challenge, please see the previous post from 5/2/2017.

5/2/2017 -------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Illinois Post Office Mapping Challenge!

We know you have been patiently waiting for a new mapping challenge since our new editor came online last August, and the wait is finally over! 

For the new challenge we want you to check Post Offices in Illinois in advance of US Topo updates. If possible we need all Post Office points edited and then peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor by the end of July. Currently there are 694 unedited existing points that need to be checked, 311 points that need to be peer reviewed or verified by an advanced editor, and 315 points that are finished and do not need to be checked again. Participating in a challenge includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. 

Before starting, you may want to check out some of the common questions and answers posted about Post Offices on our Q&A page. If you haven't edited Post Offices yet (or lately), we also recommend you review specifics about editing Post Offices in the user guide, especially the Name and Address Formatting section. There is also a very informative article about editing Post Offices in our January 2017 newsletter, so check that out too.

We are working on getting the interactive status map back up and running, but for now, here is a static map showing the status of all existing Post Office points in Illinois, as of 5/2/2017:

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 Post Office facilities before participating. Volunteers who participate will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

Happy Mapping!

 

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