New to The National Map Corps? Head over here for an overview of the project.

Mapping Challenges will be released periodically and are a way to focus volunteers on areas that need editing. The challenge is to edit the red points if you are Standard Editor and to Peer Review the green points within the challenge area released. Make sure to look for missing points too! Advanced Editors can edit any of the points within the challenge area. 

Volunteers who contribute in the Challenge area will be recognized on this page and also tweeted on The National Map Twitter account. Contribute to The National Map by participating in Mapping Challenges!

1/17/18 -------------------------------------------------------------

Having fun in the snow yet?!

Mapping Challenge Updates
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:

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:

As always, Happy Mapping!


1/10/18 -------------------------------------------------------------

Happy New Year TNMCorps volunteers!

Mapping Challenge Updates
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:

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:


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.


Happy Mapping!


 



12/21/17 -------------------------------------------------------------

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


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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:








12/20/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Updates
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.

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.

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

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.




 



11/30/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Update: Missouri Courthouse Mapping Challenge


11/29/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Update: Missouri Courthouse Mapping Challenge
 


11/28/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Updates 
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). 

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.




11/21/17 -------------------------------------------------------------
Mapping Challenge Updates 
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). 

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

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.

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.




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

Colorado (mostly) finished!: 

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

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

UPDATES to Naming Requirements: 

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

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

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

New Courthouse Mapping Challenge: Missouri

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

Illinois Schools Challenge still running

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

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


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

New Colorado Courthouse Pilot Project Mapping Challenge / Illinois Schools Extended

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

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


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


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

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

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

 

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