NGP User Engagement Office

Training Videos

The National Map (TNM) is the collection of mapping products and services produced by the National Geospatial Program (NGP).  The Program has released a series of videos to help folks better utilize these products and services.  

Lesson 1 - Introduction

  • Contains an overview of the course, including how to operate the lesson player, what software is required and how to obtain help with the course.

 

TNM Videos


Lesson 2 - The Eight Layers of The National Map (TNM)

  • General discussion of each of the eight-data layers of TNM. This includes: Major features and attributes, Maintenance activities, and Links to more detailed information.
  • The eight data layers include: Boundaries, Elevation, Geographic Names, Hydrography, Land Cover, Orthoimagery, Structures, and Transportation.
  • Discussion about the information that is available for each layer.
  • Discussion on how the information is managed for each layer.
  • Discuss about the steps necessary to better utilize TNM.
  • Lesson ends with a demonstration of each of the eight data layers.
This lesson runs for 36 minutes.

Lesson 3a - The National Map Viewer Interface and Data Content

  • By the end of this lesson, you will be able to view National Map data via cached basemaps and selectable layers, navigate the map, adjust transparency and viewing order of layers, and view descriptions and metadata for National Map layers.
This lesson runs for 9 minutes.

Lesson 3b - The National Map Viewer Tool Functionality: Legend, Measure, Elevation Profile, and Spot Elevations

  • By the end of this lesson, you will be able to use map tools to view the legend, measure a feature or find point coordinates, display an elevation profile, and retrieve a spot elevation.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes and 42 seconds.

Lesson 3c - The National Map Viewer - Adding Data

  • This lesson shows how to add data to the map view in the National Map Viewer from URLs or files.
The lesson runs for 5 minutes and 19 seconds.

Lesson 3d - Using the Draw Tool in The National Map Viewer

  • Add data to National Map viewer using the draw tool.
  • Measure distances in the National Map Viewer using the draw tool.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

Lesson 3e - The National Map Viewer Tool Functionality: Print

  • Use the Print tool.
  • Select Advanced options for printing the map shown in the National Map Viewer.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes and 29 seconds.

Lesson 4a - Using The National Map Download Client

  • This lesson provides a brief introduction to using The National Map Client, including the basic features of the user interface.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

Lesson 4b - Downloading Data with The National Map Download Client

  • This lesson discusses the process of using The National Map Download Client to download data.
This lesson runs for 7 minutes.

Lesson 4d - The National Map Download Manager

  • The Download Manager Tool was developed primarily to facilitate the process of downloading a large volume of data consisting of many files. Users have the option of downloading files directly from the The National Map using the Download Client described in lesson 4b.
  • Learn how to download and install uGet.
  • Use Uget to download data and maps from The National Map download Client using URLs saved in a text or CSV file.
This lesson runs for 8 minutes and 52 seconds.

Lesson 5 - Using the National Map Web Services in ArcMap

  • Demonstration and explanation of benefits to using Web Services, including: Avoid data storage issues associated with downloadable data, and Eliminate downloading data on a regular basis to maintain currency.
  • Learn how to add TNM ArcGIS Services to your maps, including Base Map Services, Vector Overlay Services, and Raster Overlay Services.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes.

Lesson 6b - Using USGS The National Map Data on Mobile Devices

  • This lesson will demonstrate how to use USGS The National Map base map tiles on your mobile device with various applications.
This lesson runs for 7 minutes.

Lesson 12a - Introduction to the Topo TNM Style Template and Topo Map Vector Data Products

    This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set the Template up for use.
This Intro video runs for 10 minutes and 30 seconds.

Lesson 12b - Downloading the Style Template and Topo Map Vector Data Products

This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 6 seconds.

Lesson 12c - How to Configure the Topo TNM Style Template

This lesson runs for 16 minutes and 43 seconds.

Lesson 15 - The Watershed Boundary Dataset

  • What is the Watershed Boundary Dataset?
  • How are the data organized?
  • How are the data improved?
  • How do I find and access Watershed Boundary Dataset products?
This lesson runs for 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

Lesson 15d - Markup Application

  • The Markup Application is a web-based mapping communication tool that allows users to suggest edits, or “markups”, to the National Hydrography Dataset, or NHD, Watershed Boundary Dataset, or WBD, and High Resolution National Hydrography Dataset Plus, or NHDPlus High Res.
This lesson runs for 17 minutes and 43 seconds.

US Topo and Historic Maps


Lesson 4c - Downloading Maps with The National Map Download Client

  • This lesson discusses the process of using The National Map Download Client to download maps.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes.

Lesson 6a- Using USGS US Topo and Historic Topographic Maps on your Mobile Device

  • This lesson will demonstrate how to download and use USGS US Topo and Historic Topographic Maps on your Android or iOS device.
This lesson runs for 10 minutes.

Lesson 8a - US Topos Created after June 2017

  • This video provides instructions on: how to open and manipulate data layers using Adobe(R) Reader DC and Adobe(R) Acrobat Pro; how to use basic tools like panning, zooming, and making measurements; and showing options for printing US Topos.
This lessons runs for 8 minutes and 31 seconds.

Lesson 8b - Printing US Topos

  • This video will demonstrate three options for printing US Topos.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 17 seconds.

Lesson 8c - US Topo Created Before June 2017 and the HTMC

  • This video applies to US Topo maps created before approximately June 2017 and to the Historical Topographic Map Collection.
  • An in-depth explanation and demonstration of the US Topo, including: A digital topographic map based on the 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle; Download for FREE; PDF format with GeoPDF extension; and Content includes: Orthorectified image, roads, names, contours, hydrography, woodland vegetation, State and County boundary, and Structures. Content is expanded as layers become available nationwide, provide topo-related content and can be added in a practicable manner.
  • Example of how GeoPDF Tools can be downloaded and used to view.
  • Includes "Exploring US Topo GeoPDFs" video by Kathryn Isham.
This lesson runs for 14 minutes.

Lesson 9a - Accessing US Topo through USGS Store

  • General explanation and demonstration about the USGS Store, including: What is the USGS Store? Not just a place to get your Factsheets; Where is the USGS Store? What's available at the USGS Store? A great place to download the most current and historical topographic maps; and How to locate and download FREE USGS topographic maps.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 36 seconds.

Lesson 14A - Bulk Download of US Topo Maps and Historical USGS Maps (USGS Internal Only)

  • In this lesson you will learn how to use the internal USGS network for bulk download of US Topo Maps.
This lesson runs for 13 minutes and 38 seconds.

Other USGS Topics


Lesson 7a - EarthExplorer Introduction

  • This module is the first of three modules that will demonstrate the Earth Resource Observation and Science (EROS) EarthExplorer interface. The three lessons teach the basics of the online tool that allows access to the largest archive of civilian collection of earth images which are housed at EROS.
  • In this lesson, learn how to: register and set up a profile, use the EarthExplorer interface, select datasets and set up a search criteria, perform a search and view selected datasets, and download files including bulk downloads.
This lesson runs for 11 minutes.

Lesson 7b - EarthExplorer Search Criteria

  • This module is the second of three modules that will demonstrate the EROS EarthExplorer Interface.
  • This lesson details the instructions on performing a search in EarthExplorer.
  • Searches can be based on: an address/place, coordinates, predefined area (i.e., State, County, Congressional District), an uploaded Shapefile or KML File or a date range.
This lesson runs for 10 minutes.

Lesson 7c - EarthExplorer Results

  • This lesson is the third of three lessons that will demonstrate the EROS EarthExplorer Interface.
  • This lesson details selecting which data sets will appear in your results, specifying additional criteria for these datasets, and downloading your products.
  • Learn how to make a standing request for new data that is put into the archive.
This lesson runs for 18 minutes.

Lesson 7d - Using the Earth Explorer Interface to Access Imagery in HDDS

  • This video provides instructions for accessing the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) with the Earth Explorer interface. HDDS is an event-based interface that provides a single point-of-entry for access to remotely sensed imagery and other geospatial datasets as they become available for emergency response activities.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes

Lesson 10a - Digital Elevation Models, Hydro-Flattening and Hydro-Enforcement

  • In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between a Topographic DEM and a Hydrologic DEM, and provide explanations of the related terms “hydro-flattened” and “hydro-enforced”. We will also provide a basic explanation of breaklines and the purposes they serve. Understanding the differences between these two types of DEMs, the concepts of hydro-flattening and hydro-enforcement, and the purposes that breaklines serve, are important steps in better utilizing 3DEP products.
This lesson runs for 11 minutes and 45 seconds.

Lesson 11a - US Interagency Elevation Inventory

  • This video demonstrates how to use the USIEI application to zoom, view footprints and attributes for existing topographic and bathymetric data and download the inventory to navigate to sites where the data can be downloaded.
This lesson runs for 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

Lesson 11b1 - Public Areas of Interest Collection Tool

  • In this lesson, you will learn how to use the public areas of interest project collection tool to add your lidar project to the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination.
This lesson runs for 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

Lesson 11b2 - USGS Areas of Interest Collection Tool (USGS Internal Only)

  • In this lesson you will learn how to use the USGS areas of interest project collection tool to add your lidar project to the SeaSketch Demonstration Site for Federal Mapping Data Acquisition Coordination.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 56 seconds.

Lesson 11c - Creating KMLs and Shapefiles

  • In this lesson, you will learn how to create a KML file for your area of interest in Google Earth, and how to create a shapefile using the SeaSketch Interagency Elevation and Bathymetry Coordination site.
This lesson runs for 3 minutes and 51 seconds.

Lesson 11d - Using the SeaSketch Interface

  • In this lesson you will learn how to zoom to your area of interest and view the footprints of existing and proposed topographic lidar projects.
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 54 seconds.

Lesson 11f - New Elevation Products and Services From 3DEP Lidar Data

  • In this lesson you will learn about the new lidar projects available through the 3D Elevation Program.
This lesson runs for 21 minutes and 14 seconds.

Lesson 13b Part 1 - Registering for the USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

  • This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR).
This lesson runs for 5 minutes and 14 seconds.

Lesson 13B Part 2 - Navigating the USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

  • This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR).
This lesson runs for 9 minutes and 20 seconds.

Lesson 13B Part 3 - Submitting a Data Acquisition Request in the USGS Collection Management Tool

  • This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR).
This lesson runs for 6 minutes and 33 seconds.

The National Geospatial Program (NGP)  is the current iteration of the USGS’s nationwide mapping responsibility, which has been underway since 1884.  TNM products are built upon the latest geospatial technologies and provide a broad array of digital products and services which provide value to the Nation.  NGP has released a series of on-line lessons and videos to help maximize the value of these products and services to the spectrum of geospatial users.  Lessons 1 and 2 serve as an introduction to the training materials and the digital map layers comprising TNM.  The remaining lessons are geared for quick “how to’s” and may be viewed as needed, in any order, depending on the user.