Your map has road/address errors and people can't find my house

This issue is usually about maps on GPS devices, smart phone applications, or commercial online maps. The USGS does not provide road or address information for those products, almost all of which use road data from commercial sources. The USGS has no relationship with those companies.

The USGS mission does not include the collection and maintenance of road data or addresses. Roads and other transportation data on our current topographic maps are derived from other government agencies (like the U.S. Census Bureau) or outside sources.

See this GPS.gov website to get suggestions for correcting your mapping problem.

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Where can I find metadata for USGS products?

Metadata for publications authored by USGS scientists can be found on the USGS Publications Warehouse . Metadata for USGS data can be found on the USGS Science Data Catalog or on the repository serving the data. USGS data that predate 2000 might not have metadata. Learn more: USGS Data Management: Metadata/Documentation

Are there metadata Files for USGS topographic maps?

Yes. GeoPDF files for both Historical topographic maps (produced 1884-2006) and US Topo maps (produced 2009-present) come with an XML metadata file attached to each GeoPDF file. To access the metadata file, download the GeoPDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader, click on the paperclip icon, then select a file from the list that appears (a US Topo Map...

I found an error on a map. How can I report it and when will you fix it?

There are different answers to this question for different products. In all cases, we must know what product you are addressing. Please read the following guidelines and email error reports to tnm_help@usgs.gov : US Topo maps (topographic maps published 2009-present) Please include the following information: The map title, state, and date (from...

Where can I get metadata for The National Map products and services?

Map service metadata is available in The National Map Viewer by clicking on the pull-down arrow in front of each base data layer in the table of contents under ‘Overlays’. Service metadata can also be viewed through the data layer endpoints. Product-level metadata is also included with data downloaded in The National Map Download Client along with...

What sources were used to create the Boundaries, Structures and Transportation layers in The National Map?

Boundaries: Primary sources include the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), International Boundary Commission (IBC) for the Canadian boundary, and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) for the Mexican boundary. Boundaries include city, county, State, Federal lands, provinces, and territories; as well as cadastral...
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Date published: August 18, 2016

Story Map - Topographic Maps for the Nation

The USGS National Geospatial Program has released an interactive Story Map giving viewers an overview of the US Topo map program

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