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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!

7/20/2016 -------------------------------------------------------------
NY Law Enforcement Challenge Results

Because our editor went offline July 9th to make way for our new and improved editor coming in August, the New York Law Enforcement challenge is officially closed. While we didn't get the challenge completely finished, a ton of updates were made and those will be processed into The National Map before the U.S. Topo updates for New York. Way to go! To see the final result, check out the status map on the post from 4/7/2016 below. 

Thank you to the participants in this challenge, many of whom were first time participants!

CourtneyRose, Cricket, HGeislerJosie, Madmartigan, Olin, RagingSeas, armaggedonmap, bluelobster28, dgertzjr, geo163, hbrockus, kmac25, mikethompson30, rjerrard, stayfo, superlemur.

Check back here in August after our new editor is released for more mapping challenges!

6/23/2016 -------------------------------------------------------------
PA Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge finished! / NY Law Enforcement Challenge Ends Soon

It took a while, but our BIGGEST mapping challenge ever (PA Law Enforcement) is finished! ...and in time for those updates to make it onto the upcoming revision of the US Topo maps for Pennsylvania! Thanks to our volunteers all of the over 980 unique Law Enforcement points in PA were updated, verified, added, or removed, and all but one were peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor!

Thank you to the participants in this challenge: 

A_Wallace, Cartograsaurus, CourtneyRose, Covert9, DoeringSA_AICP, Eolian, Geo5492, GeospatialBeatles, HGeisler, Medic922, StevenHill, Twigs, bonnieblue85, geo163, mapgal, mgelizabeth, msean2, rjerrard, rstevenson, trista. 

Special shout out to rjerrard for participating in their 5th mapping challenge! Keep up the awesome work!

 

Help us keep up the momentum by switching over to New York Law Enforcement points! A lot has been done, but there are still a lot of points that need to be checked. Please see the status map in the post below (4/7/2016) to see what still needs to be done. This challenge will be closing within the next couple of weeks. Lets see how much we can get done! Don't forget, volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.


4/7/2016 -------------------------------------------------------------

NEW NY Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge / Update to PA Challenge

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement challenge is a BIG job, but it is coming along! Check out the status map in the previous post to see what still needs to be done.

If you're sick of working on Pennsylvania, hop on over to New York and start editing Law Enforcement points for that state. Check out the new status map below to see what needs to be done. These two states will have their US Topo maps updated this year, so we are trying to get all of the data updated in the National Structures Dataset before the maps are updated. Don't forget, volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

1/28/2016 ------------------------------------------------------------

Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge –  NEW and Improved Status Map!

Check out our new and improved status map below! There are still a lot of points that need to be edited and many that need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. Thanks to you all though, a ton of points are finished and ready to go into The National Map! Don't forget, volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

1/5/2016 ------------------------------------------------------------
Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge – Status Map Updated

Because this is a huge challenge, the status map is currently broken (sorry about that). While we work on fixing it, please check out the static status map below. There are currently still 648 points that need to be checked and 130 points that need to be peer reviewed or looked at by an advanced editor. Thanks for the work you've already put into updating Law Enforcement structures in Pennsylvania! Help us get the rest of the state ready in advance of US Topo updates.


12/9/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Mapping Challenge – Pennsylvania Law Enforcement

For the new challenge we are jumping back into updating Law Enforcement Facilities (this time in Pennsylvania) in advance of US Topo updates. This is our biggest mapping challenge yet, with over 700 unedited existing points that need to be checked, and 180 points that need to be peer reviewed or verified by an advanced editor. Participating in a challenge includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. 

Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done. 

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 Law Enforcement Facilities before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

Happy Mapping!

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted. For more information on the new status map, see the previous mapping challenge post from 12/8/2014. You can tell if it has been edited by clicking on the point link and looking at the "Edited by:" line. If it says, "OSMCP," that means the point has not been edited.

12/4/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
Results of October Cemetery Mapping Challenges

We apologize for the delay in closing out the October cemetery mapping challenges and in releasing a new challenge. There was some trouble accessing the information about who participated, but no worry, the results are in, and as always, our volunteers answered our call! All of the cemetery points in Orleans Parish, Louisiana were updated by volunteers! Thanks to Kelly Margaret Gormanqueenofthedead, and Slartibartfast!

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All but one point were updated in the Douglas County, Kansas cemetery mapping challenge. Thanks to queenofthedead for single-handedly editing the cemeteries in Douglas County! 

 

Watch out for a new mapping challenge coming next week.

11/12/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
Results of The Great Shakeout NMSZ Mapping Challenge

We have finally calculated the results of The Great Shakeout New Madrid Seismic Zone Emergency Facilities Mapping Challenge and wow! During the week of The Great Shakeout and the Challenge, you added/verified/updated 266 unique points and deleted 57 obsolete points The contributions included 178 schools, 7 ambulance services, 85 fire stations/ems stations, 38 law enforcement, and 15 hospitals. 255 of the points went through peer review or were checked by an advanced editor, and are ready to update the structures data in The National Map! Thanks to HGeisler, notmyrealname2112, rjerrard, and Cartograsaurus for participating!

10/27/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Cemetery Mapping Challenge – Douglas County, KS

Although a few points need to be finished up for the Orleans county, Louisiana mapping challenge, we want to squeeze one or two more cemetery mapping challenges in before Halloween so here's a new one!

You may not think of Kansas when you think of famous cemeteries. Located in the tiny town of Stull, KS, the Stull cemetery has become legendary. Rumor has it, some musicians even refuse to play in nearby Kansas City and Lawrence because of the proximity to the "Gateway to Hell." Most of the cemeteries in Douglas County, KS have yet to be edited, so help us out with this challenge. Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

 Stull Cemetery in Stull, KS, looks peaceful under a bright blue sky.  

Stull Cemetery, in Stull KS; Photo from Examiner.com

We will be recognizing the participants of the last two challenges soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

10/16/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Cemetery Mapping Challenge

With one day left in The Great Shakeout mapping challenge, we are releasing the first of several Cemetery mapping challenges, in honor of Halloween.

   

Our first Cemetery mapping challenge focuses on a city and county known for its cemeteries: Orleans county in Louisiana. New Orleans is home to some of the most recognizable and visited cemeteries in the United States. You shouldn't have to worry about finding authoritative resources to edit cemeteries in Orleans county. There are lots of thorough (and interesting!) websites dedicated to the "cities of the Dead." As always, make sure to look for missing cemeteries too! I think a few of the most famous ones might be missing from the map. 

Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. 

Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

Happy Mapping!

10/7/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW (and different!) Mapping Challenge – Emergency Facilities within the New Madrid Seismic Zone for The Great Shakeout

On October 15, millions of people all over the world will participate in the Great Shakeout. In support of earthquake preparedness, TNMCorps will be holding a one week mapping challenge in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) in support of the Great Central US Shakeout. Let’s see how many emergency response (Fire Station/EMS Station, Law Enforcement, Hospital/Medical Center, Ambulance Service) and School points we can update between Sunday, October 11 and Saturday October 17th. 

As always, make sure you're familiar with what we are collecting for those stucture types before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. 

Happy Mapping!

Take time to visit the Great Shakeout’s webpage and sign up to participate!  The site has a wealth of resources and information about earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.  

The image below is from the Central United States Earthquake Consortium webpage, another good source of information for disaster mitigation.

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Virginia Prison/Correctional Facilities Challenge FINISHED!

A BIG thanks to fconleyrjerrardand  msean21 for updating, verifying, adding, and deleting all Prison/Correctional Facility points in Virginia!

8/25/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Mapping Challenge – Virginia Prison/Correctional Facilities

The new challenge is mapping all Prison/Correctional Facilities in Virginia. This challenge should go a lot quicker than the last; a lot of the work has already been done! There are just 10 points that have already been edited and need to be checked by a peer reviewer or an advanced editor. If you are feeling extra ambitious you might want to check the "finished" points as well. As explained in the August newsletter, we have revised/simplified our guidelines for what to collect as a Prison/Correctional Facility. Some of the finished points in VA are jails and may need to be reviewed. Don't forget to check for missing points too.

Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

As always, make sure you're familiar with what we are collecting for Prison/Correctional Facilities before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. 

Happy Mapping!

North Carolina Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

This was a HUGE mapping challenge! 

A BIG thanks to fconleyCartograsaurus, fred82001, HGeisler, rjerrard, robwills77, Trailblazer, and  LunaHyacinth for updating, verifying, adding, and deleting all Law Enforcement Facility points in North Carolina!

Before:                                                                                                                   After:

 

7/22/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE – North Carolina Law Enforcement Facilities

This was a BIG challenge but there are only 4 points left that need to be checked! Help us wrap up this challenge by checking these last few points.

Check out the status map** to see the few points that remain.

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 Law Enforcement Facilities before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

Thanks for all of your hard work on this challenge! 

6/11/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE – North Carolina Law Enforcement Facilities

WOW! In a little over a month volunteers have finished 451 Law Enforcement points in North Carolina! That is a TON of work and puts us a lot closer to having the NC Law Enforcement data completely updated and verified before US Topo production starts for that state. Currently there are 100 unedited points that need to be checked, and 27 points that need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. 

Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

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 Law Enforcement Facilities before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

Thank you for being a part of improving The National Map!

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted.

4/29/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------

NEW Mapping Challenge – North Carolina Law Enforcement Facilities

The new challenge is another big one: mapping all Law Enforcement Facilities in North Carolina. There are currently a total of 486 existing unedited points that need to be checked, and 71 points that need to be Peer Reviewed or checked by an Advanced Editor. This includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points.

Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

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 Law Enforcement Facilities before participating. Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

North Carolina Prison/Correctional Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

A BIG thanks to fconley, HGeisler, and Ricardo Oliveira for updating, verifying, adding, and deleting all Prison/Correctional Facility points in North Carolina!

4/28/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------

Mapping Challenge UPDATE – North Carolina Prison/Correctional Facilities

There is just ONE point left that needs to be Peer Reviewed or checked by an Advanced Editor! Don't forget to look for any missing points. Once the challenge is finished, all of the Prison/Correctional Facility points in North Carolina will be updated and ready to go into The National Map! 

4/23/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Mapping Challenge – North Carolina Prison/Correctional Facilities

The new mapping challenge is similar to the last several: getting the Law Enforcement and Prison/Correctional Facility structures in the Southeast US States updated before the US Topo maps for those states are updated. For this challenge we would like you to check all of the Prison/Correctional Facility points in North Carolina. This includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. Check out the status map** to see what needs to be done.

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 Prison/Correctional Facilities before participating. As always, volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted. For more information on the new status map, see the previous mapping challenge post from 12/8/2014.

Kentucky Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

This BIG challenge is finished! Thanks to fconley, rjerrard, TheJ, gnooj, Cartograsaurus, and Kelly Margaret Gorman for updating, verifying, adding, and deleting an incredible 422 Law Enforcement points in Kentucky! 

The National Structures Dataset supervisor who processes the volunteer contributions says, "The Tennessee data was very good and it helped me clean up the remaining odds and ends that the volunteers don't have to deal with." Because of your contributions, the data available to the public through The National Map  is more current and complete and is ready in advance of US Topo updates for Kentucky. Thank you for all that you do!!!

 

2/17/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge UPDATE – Kentucky Law Enforcement Facilities

A ton of progress has been made on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge! The status map has been updated so check it out here.

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted. For more information on the new status map, see the previous mapping challenge post from 12/8/2014.

288 points are finished and there are now 55 unedited (red) points that need to be checked by a standard editor or an advanced editor and 43 edited (green) points that need to be peer reviewed or checked by advanced editor.

Remember, your contributions improves the data in The National Map and on the US Topo maps.

Thank you for participating! As always, volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

1/21/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
 New Mapping Challenge – Kentucky Law Enforcement Facilities

The new mapping challenge is similar to the previous one. We would like you to help us map all Law Enforcement points in Kentucky. Similar to the Tennessee challenge, this is a bigger challenge, with 344 existing Law Enforcement points in KY. As usual, we are asking you to verify or update the existing points, add missing points, and remove obsolete points. 

Also, 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 Law Enforcement before participating.

Check out the map found here for links to the existing KY Law Enforcement points.

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted. You can tell if it has been edited by clicking on the link (as seen below) and looking at the "Edited by:" line. If it says, "OSMCP," that means the point has not been edited.

Volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account (with permission).

Kentucky Prison/Correctional Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

Thanks to super volunteer fconley for finishing the entire challenge over the weekend! The National Map went from having no Prison/Law Enforcement points for Kentucky to having 24!


1/16/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
NEW Mapping Challenge – Kentucky Prison/Correctional Facilities

 The new mapping challenge is similar to the challenge before last. We want you to map all prison/correctional facility structures in the state of Kentucky. There were originally no existing prison/correctional facility points in Kentucky, but two have been added by volunteers, and one has been verified by USGS already. However, those are the only two existing points on the map, so the rest will need to be added as new points. This might make things a bit easier, because you can find an authoritative source and go through the list adding each new point. Make sure to check for an existing point first, in case another volunteer has already added it. Also make sure you are familiar with what we are/are not collecting for this structure type before beginning.

We recommend using these sites as authoritative resources:

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Kentucky Department of Corrections

 As always, volunteers who participate in the mapping challenge will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

 Happy Mapping! 

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TN Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge Finished!

This large and somewhat difficult challenge is finally finished! An amazing 440 points were added, verified, edited, or deleted, and all points were checked by either a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor which means they are all ready to go into The National Map! Thank you for all of your hard work on this big challenge!!! Because of your contributions, the data available to the public is more current and complete.

A big thanks to fconley, HGeisler, Cartograsaurus, TheJ, BCook2, rjerrard, Vindalou, Jwo_rocks, wesward, and alherna4 for participating in this challenge!

 1/14/2015 ------------------------------------------------------------
TN Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge Update: We are SO close!

 Technically we could call the mapping challenge finished. However, there are seven points that were checked by volunteers, but not “finished,” and two points that need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. We are going to give it a couple more days before officially closing this challenge, acknowledging the volunteers who participated, and releasing the next challenge. Please check out this map for links to the few remaining points. Thank you for all of your hard work on this big challenge!!!

12/12/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------
Tennessee Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge-- ALMOST FINISHED!!!

Wow! A ton of progress has been made since we updated the challenge on 12/8. Now we are REALLY close to being finished! Thank you to everyone who has worked on this mapping challenge in the last couple of days!

The new status map has been updated so check it out here. For more information on the new status map, see the previous post from 12/8/2014.

There are now 20 unedited (red) points that need to be checked by a standard editor or an advanced editor and 21 edited (green) points that need to be peer reviewed or checked by advanced editor.

12/8/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------
ANOTHER UPDATE: Tennessee Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge is so close to being finished! For being one of our largest challenges to date, you all have done a terrific job getting these points edited. Of the existing unedited points, there are only 22 left that need to be checked by an editor, which is not much compared to the hundreds of points already edited! We would also love to see the current edited points (green) get peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. That means the data will be able to go into The National map sooner. To help wrap up this big mapping challenge, we have created a map showing the points that still need to be checked by a standard editor (red points) and those that need to be peer reviewed (green points). Advanced editors, don't forget, you can edit any and all of the points on the map.

The graphics below explain how to use this new map, which can be found here.

**Please be aware, this is a static map, so the points on this map won't change color until we update the map. Therefore, it is a possibility that a point that appears red on this map will have been edited since the map was posted. You can tell if it has been edited by clicking on the link (as seen below) and looking at the "Edited by:" line. If it says, "OSMCP," that means the point has not been edited.

Click on the images below to enlarge.

When you click on a link the point will open in the editor. You will need to log in if you aren't already. Once you have done that, click "Edit node," as seen below, and select the correct editor for the type of editing you are doing. It will then take you to the editing screen where you can check the point.

Thank in advance to everyone who has worked on this challenge! Your contributions help to improve and insure the accuracy of the data in The National Map!

As always, volunteers who participate in the mapping challenge will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account.

10/17/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE: Tennessee Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge

This is one of the bigger challenges we have done, but thanks to you all, over 100 Law Enforcement Facility points have already been updated! As you can see on the map below, this includes some peer reviewed and advanced edited points, which means those are ready to go into The National Map!

However, there are still 261 existing unedited points that need to be checked before this challenge will be complete.

Please help us reach the goal of having all Law Enforcement Facilities in Tennessee updated by editing the red points seen below. If you are a Peer Reviewer please check the green points that have already been edited by another volunteer.

As always, volunteers who participate in the mapping challenge will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. Thank you for your contributions!

9/22/2014 -----------------------------------------------------------
New Mapping Challenge - Tennessee Law Enforcement Facilities! / TN Prisons Challenge Finished!

New Challenge:

Way to go mapping all of the Prison/Correctional Facilities in Tennessee! We went from zero points for that feature type in TN to sixteen, and not only were they all added and edited, they were also all peer reviewed and some advanced edited, so they are all ready to go into the National Structures Dataset and The National MapThanks to HGeisler, Cartograsaurus, and ThatJenn

Tennessee US Topo maps are scheduled to be updated soon, so for the new challenge we are sticking with Tennessee. This time we would like you to help us edit all Law Enforcement points in Tennessee. This includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. Although a few have been edited, there are 364 existing Law Enforcement points in TN (see map above), so this is a big challenge. Let's get these points updated before the US Topo maps for the state are updated!

Also, 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 Law Enforcement before participating.

Volunteers who contribute in the challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account (with permission).

Good luck and happy mapping!

Completed Mapping Challenge:

 

 

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