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2019UT, NM, and AZCity / Town Halls12/12/19
 NEW Mapping Challenge for City/Town Halls in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona!

Topo maps in the West will be updated soon so we've opened a new challenge for city/town halls in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona!  

Full details are posted on our new website (https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-corps).

2019MICity / Town Halls12/12/19
 Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Michigan

Michigan is coming along nicely with almost another 100 points added! 

See our new website (https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-corpsfor complete details.

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls12/12/19
 FINISHED!! Mapping Challenge for City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

This challenge is now finished!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

We're working on summary results and will post them to our new website (https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/tnm-corps) once they're available!

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

2019MICity / Town Halls12/05/19
 Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Michigan

Michigan is coming along nicely with another 100 points added!  See our initial post from 11/06/19 for an overview of Michigan's local government along with other tips and tricks.  Also check out the American FactFinder Tutorial article in our November 2019 newsletter for an overview of how to quickly research these structures.

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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls12/05/19
 Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

Here is the weekly update for this challenge.  West Virginia is nearing completion while Ohio is filling in nicely with more and more counties becoming populated!  However, there's still several villages yet to be added for Ohio.  Check out the American FactFinder Tutorial article in our November 2019 newsletter for an overview of how to quickly research these structures.

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

2019MICity / Town Halls11/21/19
 Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Michigan

City / town halls are coming in for Michigan as well!  Keep an eye out for another article on city / town halls in this month's newsletter.

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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls11/21/19
 Mapping Challenge Update: City/Town Halls in Ohio and West Virginia

Here is the weekly update for this challenge - it's exciting to see more counties filling in!  Keep an eye out for another article on city / town halls in this month's newsletter.

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

2019MICity / Town Halls11/14/19
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls11/14/19
 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!

2019MICemeteries11/12/2019
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls11/07/19
 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!

2019MICity / Town Halls11/06/19
 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.  

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!

2019MISchools11/06/2019
 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!

2019MICemeteries11/04/2019
 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!

2019MICemeteries10/31/2019
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls10/31/19
 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!

2019(National)(All)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!

2019MICemeteries10/24/19
 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.  Thanks for all you do, and happy mapping!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls10/24/19
 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!

2019MISchools10/24/19
 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!

2019MICemeteries10/21/19
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls10/21/19
 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!

2019MISchools10/21/19
 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!

2019MICemeteries10/10/19
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls10/10/19
 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!

2019MISchools10/10/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls10/03/19
 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!

2019MICemeteries10/03/19
 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!

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls10/3/19
 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!

2019MISchools10/03/19
 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!

2019MICemeteries10/01/19
 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.

2019OH, WVCity / Town Halls9/30/19
 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!

2019MISchools9/26/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls9/26/19
 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.

2019MISchools9/19/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls9/19/19
 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!

2019MISchools9/12/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls9/12/19
 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!

2019COCity / Town Halls9/10/19
 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!

2019MISchools9/05/19
 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

  • Positioning the school on the correct building

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

  • 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 

  • Making sure the school’s name matches the school website 

Use an authoritative source when updating names

  • 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

  • Checking to ensure the school’s icon is correct 

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

  • Converting ALL CAPS to Title Case 

See our Name and Address Formatting Guide

  • 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!

2019COCity / Town Halls9/05/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls9/05/19
 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!


2019COCity / Town Halls8/29/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls8/29/19
 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!

2019COCity / Town Halls8/22/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls8/22/19
 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!

2019COCity / Town Halls8/15/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls8/15/19
 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!

2019COCity / Town Halls8/9/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls8/8/19
 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!


2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls7/25/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls7/18/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls7/11/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls7/03/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls6/27/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls6/20/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls6/13/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls6/06/19
 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!

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls5/30/19
 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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls5/23/19
 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!

2019(National)(all)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.

2019NJ, NY, PACity / Town Halls5/14/19
 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!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls5/13/19
 Mapping Challenge Updates - DC Area City / Town Halls FINISHED!!

Our DC Area City / Town Hall mapping challenge is now officially closed!!  A huge shout-out to all of our volunteers who participated in this challenge!  

Here is a time-lapse of our volunteer contributions:

Overall, 15 volunteers combined forces and edited a total of 388 unique points throughout the challenge. Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role:

  • Standard Editor: 74

  • Peer Reviewer: 34

  • Advanced Editor: 495


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

BekkaLucas

detour

FJD

geo163

kvaughan1974

matwaj

NWPerry

robwills77

RyanLIFireEMS

stuart

superlemur

TSDNAV

wangmengyao

We're currently working on putting together another mapping challenge, so check back often!  Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov with questions.

2019(National)Courthouses5/01/2019
 Mapping Challenge Update: Courthouse Review Complete!

Just as our volunteers have been busy helping us with various mapping challenges, we’ve been busy finalizing our review of courthouses.  We’re excited to say that our review is now complete!

Our results look very good with accuracy rates floating around 95% or above, so nice work!  We will soon begin work on an article documenting our findings, so check back often.

Here’s a time lapse of our volunteer contributions:

In total, 151 volunteers collected 3984 unique points from scratch, which is awesome!

Here’s the summary of edits by user role:

  • Standard Editor: 1,400
  • Peer Reviewer: 237
  • Advanced Editor: 3841
 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.

Abhi Kamerkar

affyvz

AKushner

aloama

Andrew Tscherne

angarone

awatters

azgeoscience

BekkaLucas

Birdman03

bkgrizzle

bolmarchivist

BriceCook27

brimcfarland

BruceLT

Bulbus

Buz Hopper

c snelbaker

Cartograsaurus

Cartograsaurus02

Cassie Tammy Wang

CCharle2

Cgibson

Charlie

checox

chfeng05

ChrisColeman

Christopher Vance

CynthiaLeigh

d_scott

David Lampen

DavidLSmith

derrickdgregory

detour

DonaldSeccombe

DrewKimura

eewhitejr

ejames2126

EricS54

Evanw

EvilHag

fconley

Frank_Z_NJ

funjabi

Gabrielle

GarBear

GatorGal

gdu3

genovt

geo163

GioJoe

granbyskier

HGeisler

hjk10

hyperbolejoy

irelynkiss

jafishe1

jbickeLSU

jhou

Jim720

jmlatane

jmpete92

johngaul

Joseph

jre323

jwvmedia

Karen

karl6109

katenjhs

Keep on Climbing

KentRobert

Kevin D

kf_webb

Kim L. Nelson

Kitepd68

Kit-Kat

klkweaver

ktomansager

lichenwangmap

lmoore_usgs

Matias Cabeza

MatthewEverett

mbryan06

MCHealy

MCotton

med

Micah Cochran

misterissippi

mjmckinley

MoeLuther

morenna

Morrilton Pathfinders

Mountains2Sea

msean21

MusicByTom

mwertsalesforce

n55w131

Nick D.

Outmoded

pasmann

pscordato225

RagingSeas

Raynbowe

rchlmrtn

RIsailor

RISailor

rjhale1971

rlf41

robwills77

ronniecupit

Rose Luzader

Ruchi Agarwal

RyanLIFireEMS

Samuel M Preciado Jr

schiffer6

ScubainColorado

seldom4

sheridangis

shwetjosh

SMOKEYSF

Soonie

SpotsyGISDave20

StevenChi

stuart

superlemur

tanveer08007

tbrasington

tbwill

Teri2115

theJordanabides54

Todd Lusk

todd-ruffino

tsando1

TUFFYJCW

USGSTaylor

virgilturner

wefjr7944

whtlinefvr

wla245

yinm988

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls4/25/2019
 Mapping Challenge Updates - So Close!!

City / Town Halls for the DC Area are SO CLOSE to being finished! This challenge has been open for approximately one month and our volunteers have already collected most of the points for this area; nice work!

We're working on a new mapping challenge as we speak. In the meantime, don't forget about the Interactive Web Map for this current challenge. It's a handy tool that helps our volunteers locate points specific to this challenge (i.e., like those green points in Maryland that need Peer Reviewed...). Users are also welcome to collect City / Town Halls elsewhere since we're collecting these features nation-wide.  

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov if you have any questions!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls4/11/2019
 Mapping Challenge Update: Virginia is Getting Full!

Our volunteers never cease to amaze us! Virginia is seeing more and more points added each week with almost another 100 points added; Maryland and Delaware are getting full, too! Keep up the good work!

Note that there are still a few counties that have yet to have any City / Town Hall points added. There's also several standard-edited (i.e., green) points for our Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors to verify.

Another important tip is to remember that many counties contain more than one city, so it is quite common for each county to contain multiple City / Town Hall points. A quick web search for each county (e.g., "Shenandoah County, VA") may provide a list of the cities in that county. Volunteers can then perform a second web search for each city listed to locate their city halls.

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!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls4/04/2019
 Mapping Challenge Updates - Over 100 Points in the Last Week!

WOW - Our volunteers have been busy and this status update map shows! Over 100 new City / Town Hall points have been added in the last week! Keep up the good work!

Don't forget about the Interactive Web Map for this challenge. It's a handy tool that we developed to help users locate individual points (i.e., like that one unedited point in Delaware...).

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov if you have any questions during the process!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls4/02/2019
 Mapping Challenge Update: Interactive Web Map for City / Town Hall Structures in the Washington, D.C. Area

Here is the Interactive Web Map for the mapping 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!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls3/28/2019
 Mapping Challenge Updates - More City / Town Halls are coming in for the DC Area!

It’s always exciting to see the blank portions of the map filling in during our mapping challenges!  Since we launched this challenge, several points have been added in the southwestern portion of Virginia along with a few more scattered points elsewhere.  Don’t forget those empty counties in Maryland... And of course there’s Washington, D.C. as well!

Reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov if you have any questions during the process!

2019Wash. D.C., DE, MD, VACity / Town Halls3/21/2019
 New Mapping Challenge! City / Town Hall Structures in the Washington, D.C. Area

Our new mapping challenge will cover City / Town Hall structures in the Washington, D.C. area and surrounding states.  

The area of interest for this challenge encompasses multiple states and/or districts including the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Keep in mind that we are actively collecting City / Town Hall structures nationwide, so you’re not limited to collecting just in this area. However, only edits performed within the challenge area will count towards the challenge.   

A fun aspect of this challenge is that those participating will have an opportunity to explore some historic architecture while contributing to The National Map! Check out our newsletters from July, September, and November 2018 for more on the different types of architecture one might encounter.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind while collecting City / Town Hall Structures in the Washington, D.C. Area:

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 the D.C. area may include cities, towns, or villages.

  2. A good place to start is to search Wikipedia for a list of municipalities or incorporated places in each state.

    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. You won’t see a large amount of red (unedited) points for these structures,because there is very little pre-existing “seed data” that has been loaded into the editor. Most of the features for this challenge will 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 putting together an Interactive Web Map for this challenge as we speak, so check back often!

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!


2019TexasLaw Enforcement3/07/2019
 Mapping Challenge Update - Results of Texas Law Enforcement Challenge

A huge shout-out to all of our volunteers who participated in this challenge!  Here is a time-lapse of our volunteer contributions: 

Overall, 30 volunteers combined forces and edited a total of 950 unique points throughout the challenge. Nice work!

Here is a summary of the edits by user role:

  • Standard Editor: 172
  • Peer Reviewer: 44
  • Advanced Editor: 947


 Click here to see a full list of volunteers who contributed.
  • afb728
  • Cartograsaurus02
  • Cassie Tammy Wang
  • chfeng05
  • Clint Rudloff
  • CRSGamer
  • detour
  • geo163
  • GeoM
  • HGeisler
  • jbickeLSU
  • JISIBOR
  • Just Don Gertz
  • Karen
  • Kelly T
  • kevinma
  • ktomansager
  • pasmann
  • Peregrine
  • RyanLIFireEMS
  • SaltyHiker
  • Soonie
  • superlemur
  • TexasNavy78
  • Tlattimo2017

(star)(star)(star) Special shout-out to superlemur for participating in their 5th mapping challenge! Keep up the awesome work! 

Another mapping challenge is in the works, so check back often. Thank you for all that you do and Happy Mapping!

2019TexasLaw Enforcement3/06/2019
 Mapping Challenge Update - Texas Law Enforcement Finished!

The Texas law enforcement mapping challenge is officially closed! A big THANKS! to all of our volunteers for their contributions! We will be posting the results and participants on this page soon.

While the challenge may be closed, users are still welcome to edit these points. Just note that edits made after this date will not be included in our official mapping challenge summary results.

We're also working on a new mapping challenge which we'll post to this page as well, so check back often!

2018TexasLaw Enforcement9/17/2018
 New Mapping Challenge - Texas Law Enforcement
New Mapping Challenge - Texas Law Enforcement

Since our volunteers are AWESOME and did great work on Georgia Post Offices, we have another map challenge for you with some similar (I have to say it!) challenges!  This time we’re focusing on Texas Law Enforcement locations.

While reviewing Texas courthouses, we noticed many law enforcement points that are unedited, as well as a large number of points that need Peer Reviewed. Many of the edited law enforcement points in Texas were edited through our previous application (prior to 8/2016); so make sure to do a thorough peer review check of those points (as you always would, of course!☺).  

To go with this challenge, we’ve created an Interactive Challenge Map page where users can quickly see which law enforcement points still need checked or peer-reviewed:



Here are a few things to keep in mind while reviewing Texas Law Enforcement locations:

What types of organizations fall under Law Enforcement?

  • For law enforcement duties, Texas uses highway patrol officers, police departments, sheriffs’ offices, and peace constables.  When editing law enforcement points in Texas, be sure to locate an authoritative source that lists the structure as one of these organizations.  See our Structures List for more on what law enforcement structures do and do not include.

Beware of bailiffs and jails.

  • You’ll notice several law enforcement points that are close to (or located at) county courthouses.  When reviewing these points, make sure to determine whether officers at these locations dispatch into the greater community or if their primary role is to assist the courts.  If that location’s only duty is to assist the courts, then it is considered a bailiff.  Since we are not collecting bailiffs at this time, please use the Comments field to document your findings and delete these points.

  • You may also come across law enforcement points that are placed on a county jail.  For these points, use an authoritative source to determine whether officers at these locations dispatch into the community or if their primary role is jail security.  Similar to the courts, we are not collecting law enforcement locations whose primary role is jail security. If the location’s only duty is jail security, please use the Comments field to document your findings and delete these points. However, if the location dispatches into the greater community (e.g., county sheriff’s offices that are co-located at a jail), then you can update the point.

As always, thank you for all that you do and Happy Mapping!

2018GeorgiaPost Offices8/16/2018
 Georgia Post Offices Finished! Here are the results
Georgia Post Offices - Finished!

Georgia Post Offices are now finished! THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who participated in this challenge! Here is a time-lapse map of volunteer contributions:


This time-lapse shows 829 unique points being edited by 16 volunteers throughout the duration of the challenge. Thank you!

Edits by User

Standard Editor - 180
Peer Reviewer - 10
Advanced Editor - 1,291

Here are the Challenge Participants

  • detour
  • TSDNAV
  • geo163
  • Mungo
  • wla245
  • jhou
  • Andrew Tscherne
  • Britty01
  • superlemur
  • Lilitleet
  • AnneG
  • gacaver
  • kstam
  • ABvb11
  • rjhale1971
  • hyperbolejoy


2018(National)(All)7/25/2018
 Mapping Challenge Update - New Structure Finder!
Introducing the new TNMCorps Structure Finder!

The TNMCorps Structure Finder is an interactive web map that allows volunteers to randomly select a point based on their user level.

So instead of being tied to a specific state and/or feature type, let the Structure Finder take you to a random location! Who knows; it could randomly take you to a community that you may or may not have heard of! That's the fun of it!

2018(National)Courthouses6/19/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates - Courthouses Completed?!
Courthouses - Finished!

It looks to us like courthouses may be finished (for now)! If you notice something missing in a state that hasn't been reviewed yet (i.e. hasn't turned yellow), make sure to add it.

THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who participated in this pilot project!!! We will be rolling out recognition badges for participation in collecting courthouses soon.

2018(National)Courthouses6/13/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates - Courthouses: ALMOST FINISHED!
Courthouses - We're almost there!

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. We are so close to wrapping up courthouse collection. Help us finish up Arkansas, and if you're up for it, glance around and make sure all counties were collected in the states that aren't yellow yet.

If you're new to this, make sure to check out the courthouse section of our user guide for an overview of this pilot project and editing guidelines.

And be on the lookout for some recognition badges designed to specifically recognize those who've contributed to our pilot study!

2018GeorgiaPost Offices6/5/2018
 Georgia Post Offices

WOWZERS! Our Georgia Post Office mapping challenge is SO CLOSE to being finished! All of the points have now been edited by standard editors. What's even better is that there are only 11 points that need to be reviewed by a Peer Reviewer or Advanced Editor. As always, our volunteers never cease to amaze us!

If you're a Peer Reviewer or an Advanced Editor, help us check out these last few points.

 Please be aware of and look for these things while editing

a) Missing Post Office points

We know there are many missing points (possibly as many as 200!), including some areas that don't have any points at all, as circled in the status map below. If you are editing in GA it may be worthwhile to work systematically by city, or zip code, using the USPS Locator tool.


b) Duplicate Post Office points

Make sure you zoom all the way in, and look for any duplicate post office points. If you do find a duplicate, make sure follow these guidelines when deciding which point to delete.


c) Points on the road rather than the correct building

Because this post office data was originally geocoded, the positional accuracy is variable, and points may be located on a road near the correct building. Make sure you are finding the correct building and moving the point onto the building, which is true for editing in all situations, but is a more common issue with post office points. You may find the recent article on aerial photo interpretation for post offices in the November 2017 newsletter helpful.


As always, make sure you use the USPS Locator tool as your primary source when editing post offices and review the structures table for what we do and don't collect. In addition, you may want to check out some of our past newsletter articles highlighting post office editing, including the January 2017 newsletter (pages 4-5), and the March 2017 newsletter (pages 2-4; 7). Don't forget, the Q&A page is a terrific resource as well. You can search for questions pertaining to a specific topic using the search bar at the top:


EDITING TIP: Don't forget that you can filter points in the editor to just show the structure type you are editing.


SCREENSHOT of TNMCorps' Web Editor

Here is the link to the Interactive Web Map for Georgia Post Offices:

Interactive Web Map for Georgia Post Offices


2018(National)Courthouses6/5/2018
 Courthouses Update

Courthouses are getting so close, too!! There's now only two states left!! Hurry and get your courthouses in before they're all added! Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also edit any green courthouse points.

2018(National)Courthouses5/30/2018
 Courthouses - Only Three States Left! The Blank Spaces on the Map are Filling!

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. It's exciting to see the blank spaces on the map filling up! Only three states left now: Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee!

If you're new to this, make sure to check out the courthouse section of our user guide for an overview of this pilot project and editing guidelines.

And be on the lookout for some recognition badges designed to specifically recognize those who've contributed to our pilot study!

2018(National)Courthouses5/16/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. Volunteers have collected an impressive number of points, and all from scratch! There is still some work to be done to help fill in the blank spaces. Don't forget that Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also check points with a green border.


Not sure where to start?? CourtReference.com is a good launching point and provides links to county websites. Our Courthouse Pilot Project Guide also provides information on the types of courthouses we are collecting.

2018GeorgiaPost Offices4/26/2018
 Georgia Post Offices - So Close!

Don't forget about Georgia Post Offices! We're getting really close to completion with only a few points left! Use the interactive challenge map to find which point still need editing. There are a handful that also need Peer Reviewed.

2018(National)Courthouses4/26/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map - Only 4 States Left!

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. As we get closer to completion, collection of courthouses has slowed. We have begun the process of reviewing the data, so you'll see that some states have started turning yellow! But fear not; there are still a handful of states that need to be done. With only 4 states left, we know our volunteers can do it! Help us get the whole country collected by filling in those blank areas.

If you're new to this, make sure to check out the courthouse section of our user guide for an overview of this pilot project and editing guidelines.

Don't forget that Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also check points with a green border.

2018(National)Courthouses4/19/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates - Courthouses are Turning Yellow!

A huge shout-out to all of our volunteers who have helped with the Pilot Study! There's still some blank spaces on the map where courthouses need collecting. Check out our Courthouse Pilot Project Guide for more on how to populate courthouses!

2018(National)Courthouses3/28/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates - More Courthouses are Coming In!

It's always exciting to see more points being added to our courthouse status maps. Just look at West Virginia and South Carolina... A huge shout out to our volunteers for helping us collect this data!

2018(National)Courthouses3/20/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates - Courthouses Continue!

Our courthouse mapping challenge is still ongoing! There's a few counties in Indiana that need courthouses, along with Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina!

If you're new to courthouses, make sure to check out the courthouse section of our user guide for an overview of this pilot project and editing guidelines. As for authoritative sources, http://www.courtreference.com/ is a good starting point along with NCSC's listing of State Court Websites.

As always, Happy Mapping!

2018(National)Courthouses2/27/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. Collection of courthouses has slowed, but there are still a handful of states that need to be done. Help us get the whole country collected by filling in those blank areas.

If you're new to this, make sure to check out the courthouse section of our user guide for an overview of this pilot project and editing guidelines.

Don't forget that Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also check points with a green border.

2018GeorgiaCourthouses2/27/2018
 New Courthouse Challenge: Georgia

Are you editing Post Offices in Georgia for the mapping challenge? Why not add courthouses as you work your way through the state? Before participating in courthouse collection, make sure you've read the courthouse section of the user guide.

2018GeorgiaPost Offices2/27/2018
 (Non-Courthouse) Challenge Update: Georgia Post Offices

Wow! The GA post office challenge is coming along nicely. As usual our volunteers have risen to the challenge. As a reminder, there are some issues with the post office data in Georgia, so please make sure you've read the additional info below before participating in this challenge.


 Please be aware of and look for these things while editing:

a) Missing Post Office points

We know there are many missing points (possibly as many as 200!), including some areas that don't have any points at all, as circled in the status map below. If you are editing in GA it may be worthwhile to work systematically by city, or zip code, using the USPS Locator tool.


b) Duplicate Post Office points

Make sure you zoom all the way in, and look for any duplicate post office points. If you do find a duplicate, make sure follow these guidelines when deciding which point to delete.


c) Points on the road rather than the correct building

Because this post office data was originally geocoded, the positional accuracy is variable, and points may be located on a road near the correct building. Make sure you are finding the correct building and moving the point onto the building, which is true for editing in all situations, but is a more common issue with post office points. You may find the recent article on aerial photo interpretation for post offices in the November 2017 newsletter helpful.


As always, make sure you use the USPS Locator tool as your primary source when editing post offices and review the structures table for what we do and don't collect. In addition, you may want to check out some of our past newsletter articles highlighting post office editing, including the January 2017 newsletter (pages 4-5), and the March 2017 newsletter (pages 2-4; 7). Don't forget, the Q&A page is a terrific resource as well. You can search for questions pertaining to a specific topic using the search bar at the top:


EDITING TIP: Don't forget that you can filter points in the editor to just show the structure type you are editing.


SCREENSHOT of TNMCorps' Web Editor


Below is an updated static status map; and don't forget about the interactive challenge map too, which gives a real-time view of the challenge, and allows you to quickly jump to points in the editor.



2018GeorgiaPost Offices2/15/2018
 Georgia Post Offices - "Georgia On My Mind"

A reminder that we have a new mapping challenge out! This time it's post offices in Georgia! This map challenge can be a bit of a challenge (ha! pun intended!) because Georgia is missing several post offices, there are duplicate existing points, and several existing points also need to be moved from the road to the correct building. Nothing that our volunteers can't conquer!

2018GeorgiaPost Offices2/15/2018
 Georgia Post Offices - New Interactive Web Map

To help our volunteers with the new map challenge, we've also developed a new Interactive Challenge Map! Click here (or on the image below) to explore Georgia Post Offices!

2018(National)Courthouses2/15/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

Our Courthouse Pilot Project continues with several states in the east yet to have their county courthouses mapped!

2018(National)Courthouses2/7/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

Here is an updated status map showing the courthouse points collected to-date. Volunteers have collected an impressive number of points in just a few short months. There is still some work to be done though, so if you're interested in editing courthouses, help us finish up the remaining few states. Don't forget that Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also check points with a green border.


2018GeorgiaCourthouses2/7/2018
 New Courthouse Challenge: Georgia

Since courthouse editing has slowed slightly in the last week, we are going to run another state challenge. Georgia is looking lonely without any courthouse points, so that will be our new courthouse mapping challenge.

2018GeorgiaPost Offices2/7/2018
 New (Non-Courthouse) Challenge: Georgia Post Offices

If you're not collecting courthouses, we have a new non-courthouse challenge you may be interested in: Georgia post offices. This challenge will be unique and perhaps a little more challenging than usual. We know there are issues with the data, so volunteers will have to be extra diligent while editing.

Please be aware of and look for these things while editing:


a) Missing Post Office points

We know there are many missing points (possibly as many as 200!), including some areas that don't have any points at all, as circled in the status map below. If you are editing in GA it may be worthwhile to work systematically by city, or zip code, using the USPS Locator tool.



b) Duplicate Post Office points

Make sure you zoom all the way in, and look for any duplicate post office points. If you do find a duplicate, make sure follow these guidelines when deciding which point to delete.


c) Points on the road rather than the correct building

Because this post office data was originally geocoded, the positional accuracy is variable, and points may be located on a road near the correct building. Make sure you are finding the correct building and moving the point onto the building, which is true for editing in all situations, but is a more common issue with post office points. You may find the recent article on aerial photo interpretation for post offices in the November 2017 newsletter helpful.


As always, make sure you use the USPS Locator tool as your primary source when editing post offices and review the structures table for what we do and don't collect. In addition, you may want to check out some of our past newsletter articles highlighting post office editing, including the January 2017 newsletter (pages 4-5), and the March 2017 newsletter (pages 2-4; 7). Don't forget, the Q&A page is a terrific resource as well. You can search for questions pertaining to a specific topic using the search bar at the top:


EDITING TIP: Don't forget that you can filter points in the editor to just show the structure type you are editing.


2018(National)Courthouses1/31/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates

Courthouses are coming along smoothly!! It's always fun comparing these maps side by side. (wink) It really puts a visual on progress made, all of which we couldn't do without the help of our dedicated volunteers! Keep up the good work!

2018(National)Courthouses1/25/2018
 Mapping Challenge Updates

Here's an update of how many courthouses have been collected to date! Don't forget that all these green points are eligible for Peer Review!

2018(National)Courthouses1/17/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

As we've said before - WOWZERS! Our editors have certainly been busy with only a few states remaining! Remember that Peer Reviewers and Advanced Editors can also check points with a green border:

2018ConnecticutCourthouses1/17/2018
 Courthouse Challenge Update: Connecticut

Our volunteers never cease to amaze us! Since our last post (1/10/18), most of the counties in Connecticut have now had courthouses collected. But they still need Peer Reviewed or Advanced Edited! Here is an updated status map:

2018(National)Courthouses1/10/2018
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

Wow! Since our last post TNMCorps volunteers have been busy adding and editing courthouse points. Thank you to everyone who is working on courthouses! Check out the updated national status map below to see what has been done so far:

2018MassachusettsCourthouses1/10/2018
 Courthouse Challenge Update: Massachusetts

Since we posted the Massachusetts courthouse challenge on 12/21, it looks like most courthouses have been added. If any of our peer reviewers or advanced editors are interested in making sure the state is finished, here is an updated status map:

2018ConnecticutCourthouses1/10/2018
 New Courthouse Challenge: Connecticut

For our next courthouse mapping challenge let's focus on Massachusetts' neighbor, Connecticut. As of this post (1/10), no courthouses have been collected in Connecticut.

2018IllinoisSchools01/10/2018
 Results of Illinois School Mapping Challenge

This has been one of our biggest and longest-running mapping challenges to date, with over 45 volunteers editing 4,375 unique points! Thank you to everyone who has worked hard since July editing schools in Illinois! Check out the time-lapse map of volunteer contributions below:


Thanks to you, the schools data appearing on the upcoming revision of Illinois US Topo maps is more current, complete, and accurate.


Edits by User Role

Standard Editor: 3,038

Peer Reviewer: 1,057

Advanced Editor: 1,193

USGS Reviewed: 1,122

 Click here to see the Challenge Participants

ahinzman
AKushner
aquamarine456
btbtbt
CartographCaleb
Cartograsaurus
cberryman
CRSGamer
dkahley
dpizzica
fconley
genovt
geo163
Gil Kbert
gisillinois
HGeisler
hjk10
JLebak
jrork
kamalT
kmxlada
kstam
Lapunta8
Lilitleet
llee
lrhayden
LTPZ
manjunath
mapsnhaber
mapsnhaber1
marcus147
mmacdonald8587
Mr Ballwin
Mungo
Peregrine
RagingSeas
Rlf1941
superlemur
Taylor_Henderson
Tnew92
TSDNAV
virgilturner


While not every school point in Illinois was edited, a ton of work was completed. Although the challenge is over, we'd love for you to finish up editing the remaining unedited (red border) points and peer review the remaining edited points (green border). If you're interested, check out the remaining points status map:

 Remaining Illinois School Points Map

2017(National)Courthouses12/20/2017
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: National Status Map

We apologize for the delay in updating the mapping challenges. While we've been working to make sure everything is back up and running smoothly, you all have been busy! Our most recent courthouse mapping challenge, Missouri, looks to be finished, and a few other states appear to be finished as well. Thank you to everyone who is working on courthouses! Check out the updated national status map below to see what has been done so far.

2017MassachusettsCourthouses12/20/2017
 New Courthouse Challenge: Massachusetts

For our next state-based courthouse mapping challenge, we will be focusing on Massachusetts. As of this post, no courthouse points have been collected in Massachusetts.

2017MissouriCourthouses12/20/2017
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri Finished!

The Missouri courthouse challenge appears to be mostly finished. There are a couple of points that could be peer reviewed, or checked by an advanced editor, but otherwise it looks completed.

Thank you to everyone who helped map courthouses in Missouri:

  • fconley
  • genovt
  • geo163
  • HGeisler
  • superlemur
  • virgilturner

2017IllinoisSchools12/20/2017
 Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge Finished!

The Illinois schools mapping challenge is officially closed! We will be posting the results and participants on this page soon.

2017MissouriCourthouses11/30/2017
 Update: Missouri Courthouse Mapping Challenge

2017MissouriCourthouses11/29/2017
 Update: Missouri Courthouse Mapping Challenge

2017MissouriCourthouses11/28/2017
 Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri

Our current Courthouse Mapping Challenge is Missouri. See the status map below to see what has been collected as of today (11/28). 

2017IllinoisSchools11/28/2017
 Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge still running

Don't forget, the Illinois School Mapping Challenge is still happening. Help us get as many of these points edited as possible before US Topo maps for Illinois are updated!

At the time of this post there are about 264 points that need to be checked, and 1,562 that need to be peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. That may sound like a lot, but almost 3,700 are finished, having been edited and peer reviewed or checked by an advanced editor. Way to go TNMCorps volunteers!

Check out Interactive Status Map to find the points that still need to be checked.

2017MissouriCourthouses11/21/2017
 New Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri

Our newest Courthouse Mapping Challenge is Missouri. See the status map below to see what has been collected as of today (11/21). 

2017N/ACourthouses11/21/2017
 Naming Requirements Clarification

As we mentioned in the previous post, we are still refining our procedures and collection criteria for this Courthouse Pilot Project. We will be making some minor changes to the Courthouse section of the user guide, which should be posted tomorrow (11/22). The current guidance found on the Courthouse Naming Guidelines page is still accurate.

Things to keep in mind:

1) we will accept names as found from an authoritative source

2) we are still looking for the building, rather than individual courts

3) leave your authoritative source information in the comments field (this will help us a lot!)

4) If it is unclear what to name the building, but you've determined that it contains county court functions, you may still name it: '[Name of County or Parish, etc.] + Courthouse'

5) If you're not sure about something, or have questions, post them on the Q&A site or email us: nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov

2017ColoradoCourthouses11/21/2017
 Colorado Finished!

Colorado Courthouses are finished!*

Thank you to everyone who has helped us kick off our Courthouse Pilot Project by mapping Colorado:

  • HGeisler

  • hyperbolejoy

  • superlemur

  • geo163

  • Karen

  • schiffer6

  • bolmarchivist

  • RIsailor

  • virgilturner

  • ScubainColorado

  • TUFFYJCW

  • MCHealy

  • Cartograsaurus

  • Cassie Tammy Wang

  • granbyskier


*There is one courthouse point that could still be Peer Reviewed/Advanced Editor.



2017IllinoisSchools11/21/2017
 Illinois Schools Mapping Challenge Still Running

Don't forget, the Illinois School Mapping Challenge is still happening. 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.

2017ColoradoCourthouses11/15/2017
 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.

2017N/ACourthouses11/15/2017
 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.


2017N/ACourthouses11/15/2017
 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!

2017IllinoisSchools11/15/2017
 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.

2017ColoradoCourthouses11/15/2017
 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!

2017IllinoisSchools11/01/2017
 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! 

2017IllinoisSchools10/12/2017
 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!  

2017IllinoisSchools10/11/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools9/29/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools9/22/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools9/12/2017
 UPDATE: Illinois Schools

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

2017IllinoisSchools9/8/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools8/25/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools8/15/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools8/9/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisSchools7/21/2017
 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!

2017IllinoisPost Offices7/19/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisPost Offices7/11/2017
 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.


2017IllinoisPost Offices6/23/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisPost Offices6/13/2017
 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.



2017IllinoisPost Offices5/25/2017
 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.

2017IllinoisPost Offices5/2/2017
 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!

2016New YorkLaw Enforcement7/20/2016
 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!

2016PennsylvaniaLaw Enforcement6/23/2016
 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.

2016New YorkLaw Enforcement4/7/2016
 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.

2016PennsylvaniaLaw Enforcement1/28/2016
 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.

2015PennsylvaniaLaw Enforcement1/5/2016
 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.

2015PennsylvaniaLaw Enforcement12/9/2015
 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.


2015LouisianaCemeteries12/4/2015
 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!

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.

2015New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ)(Emergency Response Facilities)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 HGeislernotmyrealname2112rjerrard, and Cartograsaurus for participating!

2015KansasCemeteries10/27/2015
 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!

2015LouisianaCemeteries10/16/2015
 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!


2015New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ)(Emergency Response Facilities)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.


2015VirginiaPrison / Correctional Facilities10/7/2015
 Virginia Prison/Correctional Facilities Challenge FINISHED!

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

2015VirginiaPrison / Correctional Facilities8/25/2015
 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!

2015North CarolinaLaw Enforcement8/25/2015
 North Carolina Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

This was a HUGE mapping challenge! 

A BIG thanks to fconleyCartograsaurusfred82001HGeislerrjerrardrobwills77Trailblazerand  LunaHyacinth for updating, verifying, adding, and deleting all Law Enforcement Facility points in North Carolina!

Before:                                                                                                                   After:

 

2015North CarolinaLaw Enforcement7/22/2015
 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! 

2015North CarolinaLaw Enforcement6/11/2015
 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.

2015North CarolinaLaw Enforcement4/29/2015
 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.

2015North CarolinaPrison / Correctional Facilities4/29/2015
 North Carolina Prison/Correctional Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

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

2015North CarolinaPrison / Correctional Facilities4/28/2015
 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! 

2015North CarolinaPrison / Correctional Facilities4/23/2015
 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.

2015KentuckyLaw Enforcement4/23/2015
 Kentucky Law Enforcement Facilities Mapping Challenge FINISHED!

This BIG challenge is finished! Thanks to fconleyrjerrardTheJgnoojCartograsaurus, 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!!!

 

2015KentuckyLaw Enforcement2/17/2015
 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.

2015KentuckyLaw Enforcement1/21/2015
  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).

2015KentuckyPrison / Correctional Facilities1/21/2015
 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!

2015KentuckyPrison / Correctional Facilities1/16/2015
 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!

2015TennesseeLaw Enforcement1/16/2015
 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.

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

2015TennesseeLaw Enforcement1/14/2015
 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!!!

2014TennesseeLaw Enforcement

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.

2014 TennesseeLaw Enforcement  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.

2014TennesseeLaw Enforcement10/17/2014
 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!

2014TennesseeLaw Enforcement9/22/2014
 New Mapping Challenge - Tennessee Law Enforcement Facilities!

 New Challenge:

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!

2014TennesseePrisons9/22/2014
 TN Prisons Challenge FINISHED!

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 Map! Thanks to HGeisler, Cartograsaurus, and ThatJenn

Completed Mapping Challenge:

2014TennesseePrisons8/12/2014
 New Mapping Challenge - Tennessee Prisons/Correctional Facilities!

The new mapping challenge covers a bigger area than any other we've done and is also quite a bit different. This time around we are asking you to map all prison/correctional facility structures in the entire state of Tennessee.

HOWEVER, there are no existing prison/correctional facility points in Tennessee, so you'll be adding all new points. This might make things a bit easier, because you can find an authoritative source and just go through and add each feature as a new point. Make sure to check for an existing point though, 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

Tennessee Department of Corrections 

Happy Mapping!

2014OklahomaPost Offices7/31/14
 OK Panhandle Post Office Mapping Challenge Finished!
 

Thanks to HGeisler and fconley for correctly locating all of the improperly located Post Offices and deleting the ones that no longer exist. Way to go!!! Thank you for participating and doing such a great job cleaning up the Post Office points in the Oklahoma Panhandle counties!

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2014OklahomaPost Offices7/17/2014
 NEW Mapping Challenge - Oklahoma Panhandle Post Offices

The new mapping challenge is similar to the previous one. Fixing stacked Post Office points in Texas County, Oklahoma through a mapping challenge was so successful that we want volunteers to fix the rest of the Post Offices in the Oklahoma Panhandle counties. Since Texas County is finished, the two remaining Panhandle Counties that need to be edited are Cimarron and Beaver Counties. 

In case you didn't participate in the last stacked Post Office Mapping Challenge, here is some background information:

The unedited (red) points in the editor come from several different data sources. Some of the Post Office points do not have exact geographic coordinates, but rather just information about which county they are in. In this situation, all of the Post Office points are stacked on top of each other in roughly the center of the county.

The goal is to check each of these points, and if they still exist, move them to the correct locationSame rules apply: delete the point if the Post Office no longer exists and update attribute information (name, address, city, state, zip) as needed. Also, don't forget to look for any Post Offices missing from the map.

The map below shows the existing Post Offices in Cimarron County and Beaver County, Oklahoma. There is one Post Office in Beaver County that isn't stacked, so don't forget to edit that one too. The names of the existing Post Offices on the map can be seen to the right of the map (Blue highlighted are in Cimarron County, all others are in Beaver County.) Make sure you've read the guidelines on formatting Post Office names before participating in this challenge. As always, the USPS locator tool should be used to research Post Offices.

IMPORTANT: Please move the existing stacked points to the correct location rather than adding a new point in the correct location.

  

Happy Mapping!

2014OklahomaPost Offices7/3/2014
 Texas County Oklahoma Post Office Mapping Challenge Finished!

This was a small but somewhat complicated mapping challenge. Despite this, HGeisler managed to find the correct location for all of the improperly located Post Offices, as well as finding all of the missing ones and deleting all of the ones that no longer exist. Way to go!!! Thank you for participating and doing such a great job cleaning up the Post Office points in this county!

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keep your eyes peeled for a new mapping challenge next week.

2014CaliforniaLaw Enforcement6/4/2014
 California Law Enforcement Structures Mapping Challenge Finished!

This was our biggest mapping challenge yet and our volunteers did a great job! 324 Law Enforcement points were checked through Standard Editing, 159 were peer reviewed, and 88 obsolete points were removed! Wow! Only 21 Law Enforcement points remain unedited in this region.

A huge thank you to our volunteers CartograsaurusfconleyHGeislerJulieofOregonKelly Margaret Gorman, Map Wrangler, and athalmann for doing such a great job with this huge challenge!

2014OklahomaPost Offices6/4/2014
 This new mapping challenge is yet again, a new... challenge!

This is a relatively small challenge, but much different than others. The unedited (red) points in the editor come from several different data sources. Some of the Post Office and Cemetery points do not have exact geographic coordinates, but rather just information about which county they are in. In this situation, all of the Post Office and/or Cemetery points are stacked on top of each other in roughly the center of the county.

The goal is to check each of these points, and if they still exist, move them to the correct location. Same rules apply: delete the point if the Post Office no longer exists and update attribute information (name, address, city, state, zip) as needed. Also, don't forget to look for any Post Offices missing from the map.

The map below shows the existing Post Offices in Texas County, Oklahoma. The map on the bottom right shows a very zoomed in view of the points, which shows that they are a stacked group of misplaced Post Offices. The names of the eight existing Post Offices on the map can be seen to the right of the map. Make sure you've read the guidelines on formatting Post Office names before participating in this challenge. As always, the USPS locator tool should be used to research Post Offices.

Anyone can participate: standard editors, peer reviewers, and advanced editors! Peer reviewers can check the Post Offices once they've been edited by a standard editor.

As always, all volunteers who participate in finishing this area will get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter!

Happy Mapping!

2014CaliforniaLaw Enforcement4/9/2014
 Update on California Law Enforcement Structures Mapping Challenge

This has been our biggest mapping challenge yet and our volunteers have made great progress! Help us complete this challenge by editing the remaining red points seen on the map below. Just a reminder, all volunteers who participate in finishing this area will get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter! For more information about this mapping challenge please see the previous post from 2/20/2014.

2014MississippiCemeteries2/20/2014
 Update on Madison County

First of all, thank you to our volunteers CartograsaurusDon17402, fconley, Map Wrangler, and mulehead jackson for doing so much great work editing Madison County, Mississippi!  Also a special shout out to Don17402 for participating in his 5th editing challenge!

Although there are still a few unedited points, these volunteers have greatly improved the data in this county. If you are a cemetery enthusiast or a history buff you might want to take a crack at those remaining points, most of which are very old (hard to verify) cemeteries. Think of it as an historical investigation that benefits The National Map

2014CaliforniaLaw Enforcement2/20/2014
 New Editing Challenge - Central California Law Enforcement Structures

Our new editing challenge is a little bit different than the previous ones. For this challenge we would like you to help us edit all of the Law Enforcement features  in 29 counties in central California. A few Law Enforcement facilities in this area have been edited but most remain unedited. Law Enforcement is defined as a building that houses police stations or sheriff's offices. Please look at our definitions table for specific examples of what this does and does not include.

The 29 counties are: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yolo. Help us improve The National Map by editing and verifying existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. 

If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter!

New Editing Challenge - Central California Law Enforcement Structures
2013Mississippi(all)11/25/2013
 New Editing Challenge - Madison County, Mississippi

It has been a while since we have had an editing challenge and this is our first one outside of the state of Colorado. This editing challenge is Madison county, Mississippi. No editing has been done in this county yet so help us out by editing and verifying existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter!

2013 Colorado(all) 9/5/2013
 San Miguel County Editing Challenge Completed!

 Thank you to our volunteers Cartograsaurus and Don17402 for finishing the Rio Blanco County Editing Challenge, with a special shout out to Cartograsaurus for participating in 5 editing challenges! 

2013 Colorado(all) 9/5/2013
 New Editing Challenge Available- Conejos County, Colorado

 This new editing challenge is Conejos County, Colorado. Colorado is getting so close to being finished (for now)! Help us finish the state by editing all of the red points in the challenge area and looking for missing points too. If you are a peer review volunteer you can also participate in the editing challenge by checking out quads in Conejos County with mostly green points. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter!


2013  Colorado(all)  8/21/2013
 Rio Blanco County Editing Challenge Completed!

Thank you to our volunteers CartograsaurusDon17402, and Somy for finishing the Rio Blanco County Editing Challenge!

 

2013Colorado(all)8/21/2013
 New Editing Challenge Available- San Miguel County, Colorado

This new editing challenge is San Miguel County, Colorado. Colorado is getting so close to being finished (for now)! Help us finish the state by editing all of the red points in the challenge area and looking for missing points too. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will post your accomplishment on The National Map Twitter!

 

2013Colorado(all)8/8/2013
 Moffat County Editing Challenge Completed!

Thank you to our volunteers Cartograsaurus and Don17402 for finishing the Logan County Editing Challenge!

2013Colorado(all)8/8/2013
 New Editing Challenge Available- Rio Blanco County, Colorado

This new editing challenge is Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Help us finish Colorado by editing all of the red points in the challenge area and looking for missing points too. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will tweet your accomplishment!

2013Colorado(all)7/26/2013
 Update on Editing Challenge- Help us finish Moffat County, Colorado!

Thanks to our volunteers who have participated in this editing challenge and contributed data in Moffat County, Colorado. While progress has been made there is still some work to do. Help us finish this editing challenge and you will be recognized on this page and on The National Map Twitter!


2013Colorado(all)7/12/2013
 Logan County Editing Challenge Completed!

Thank you to our volunteers Cartograsaurus, Don17402, tari for finishing the Logan County Editing Challenge!  

2013Colorado(all)7/12/2013
 New Editing Challenge Available- Moffat County, Colorado

This new editing challenge is Moffat County, Colorado. Help us finish Colorado by editing all of the red points in the challenge area and looking for missing points too. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will tweet your accomplishment!



2013Colorado(all)7/1/2013
 New Editing Challenge- Logan County, Colorado

Thank you to our volunteers for finishing the Elbert County Editing Challenge! This new editing challenge is Logan County, Colorado. Help us finish Colorado by editing all of the red points in the challenge area and looking for missing points too. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website and we will tweet your accomplishment!

 

2013Colorado(all)6/26/2013
 Elbert County Editing Challenge Completed!

Our Elbert County Editing Challenge has been completed thanks to our volunteers!

Thanks to users CartograsaurusHaydenPetros Apotsosand tari for participating in this challenge!

2013Colorado(all)6/7/2013
 New Editing Challenge- Elbert County, Colorado

As previously promised here is a new editing challenge! This editing challenge is Elbert County, Colorado. Help us finish Colorado by editing all of the red points in the challenge area. If you participate in finishing this area you'll get a shout out on this website!

2013Colorado(all)3/12/2013
 First Editing Challenge- Teller County, Colorado

As we get close to finishing Colorado we are going to start posting challenges to edit specific areas that still have unedited points. The first challenge is Teller County, which remains mostly unedited. If you help us by editing Teller County you will get a shout out on this website!


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