Results of the Pennsylvania and New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenges Released
The USGS’ nationwide, volunteer-based mapping project to verify or update structures data continues to gain popularity. Using “crowdsourcing” techniques, The National Map Corps project has updated thousands of structure points for the USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately US Topo Maps.
Participation in The National Map Corps is open to anyone with a computer and a desire to contribute to national mapping. The latest two challenges are the “Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge” and the “New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge”.
The Pennsylvania project was the biggest challenge to date, with more than 980 unique law enforcement points having been updated, verified, added or removed.
A round of applause to these editors for participating in this exercise: A_Wallace, Cartograsaurus, CourtneyRose, Covert9, DoeringSA_AICP, Eolian, Geo5492, GeospatialBeatles, HGeisler, Medic922, StevenHill, Twigs, bonnieblue85, geo163, mapgal, mgelizabeth, msean2, rjerrard, rstevenson, and trista.
Volunteers were also able to update 248 points and peer review over 320 out of 700 New York law enforcement structure points before the online map editor went down for extensive upgrades at the end of July. The new web tool is now up and ready to accept new and current participants.
Special thanks for the New York efforts to: CourtneyRose, Cricket, HGeisler, Josie, Madmartigan, Olin, RagingSeas, armaggedonmap, bluelobster28, dgertzjr, geo163, hbrockus, kmac25, mikethompson30, rjerrard, stayfo, and superlemur. Many of these volunteers were first time participants.
As a reminder, volunteers can earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and National Map social media.
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