The National Map Corps Mapping Challenge

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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. 

Status graphic of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge. The challenge is complete now that more than 1055 points h
Status graphic of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge. The challenge is complete now that more than 1055 points have been verified.

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.

Status graphic of the New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge. More than 324 structures were verified before the editor page
Status graphic of the New York Law Enforcement Mapping Challenge. More than 324 structures were verified before the editor page was taken down for a significant upgrade. The remaining points will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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.

 

Graphic displaying the various virtual awards available to The National Map Corps participants
Example of all current virtual badges than can be earned by The National Map Corps participants.
Status graphic of The National Map Corps volunteer contributions covering the US and Puerto Rico since August 2012. Each dot
Status graphic of The National Map Corps volunteer contributions covering the US and Puerto Rico since August 8 2012. Each dot on the map represents a submitted structure edit.