NEW TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for City / Town Halls in MA, CT, & RI!

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenges continue in New England with a new challenge for city/town halls in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island!

Some work has already been done in these states, however there are still many points that need to be collected. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI

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Tips and tricks for this challenge:  

Local Government: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated 

  1. Municipalities in Massachusetts include cities and towns.   
  2. Connecticut’s municipalities consist of cities, towns, and boroughs.   
  3. Rhode Island’s municipalities consist of cities and towns
  4. See the Cities vs. Towns vs. Villages article in our September 2019 newsletter for more information on the different types of governing bodies. 

 

Possible Sources 

  1. Remember to find an authoritative source (e.g., the city or village’s website) for each feature before adding it to the map.   
  2. See the How to Spot an Authoritative (Re)Source article in our November 2017 newsletter for more information on why this is important.   

MASSACHUSETTS 

  1. The state’s website contains a list of all the cities and towns in the state.  
  2. The Massachusetts Municipal Association maintains a list of member municipalities and their websites
  3. Wikipedia contains lists of cities and towns.  

CONNECTICUT 

  1. The state’s website has a list of cities and towns as well as websites.  
  2. Wikipedia also contains a list of cities and towns in the state. 

RHODE ISLAND 

  1. Rhode Island’s website has a list of cities and towns along with websites. 
  2. Wikipedia also has a list of cities and towns.  

 

Proper Point Placement 

Our November 2018 newsletter includes an article on aerial interpretation for city/town hall structures. This article walks you through how to identify which building to place a point on when examining aerial photography. 

 

Interested in collecting city/town halls elsewhere? 

We’re collecting city/town halls nationally, so feel free to research these features throughout the U.S.  Other priority states include (in order of priority) Missouri and Illinois.  Note that only city/town halls in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island will count towards this challenge.   

 

If you have any questions during the mapping process, reach out to us at nationalmapcorps@usgs.gov and we’ll will be happy to assist!  Thank you for all that you do, and happy mapping!