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The USGS is currently testing procedures for volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how OpenStreetMap allows anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed a prototype online editor customized to our data to allow volunteers to contribute data to The National Map and The National Structures Dataset .


We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect structures for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating!


For the past year volunteers have been updating data in Colorado with great results. As we get close to finishing Colorado we are opening up editing in more states! Volunteers can now contribute data for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming . You do not need to live in available states to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.


As the project progresses additional states will be released.


Current States Available to Edit:

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You would be using our online map editor to edit USGS structures data by updating existing features, adding new features, and removing obsolete features. You can choose what types of structure features to edit (from our list of structures ) and edit in any of the available states shown above!




1)      Read through the editing guidelines to learn more about the project and how to contribute.


2)      Create an account to access the online map editor .


3)     Follow the directions on how to edit and add points to get started.