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USGS National Map Corps Offers Volunteers a Chance to Contribute to Map Making

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in digital maps, Directionally challenged, maps | 0 comments

USGS National Map Corps Offers Volunteers a Chance to Contribute to Map Making

If you’re directionally challenged and have a hard time interpreting maps, here’s a way you can boost your enthusiasm for them: become a mapmaker yourself.

The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has created the National Map Corps: an opportunity for volunteers –  like you! – to collect data for The National Map (TNM), which provides information for the public, including free, downloadable topographic maps. http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html

The USGS wants you to send in the locations of your community’s important buildings –  such as police stations, schools, hospitals, post offices, prisons, cemeteries, and fire stations –  if you live in one of these states:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

According to the USGS website, “The current platform used by TNM Corps is a customized version of OpenStreetMap, an online platform that enables users to edit, add, and access geographic data.  http://www.openstreetmap.org/

So, consider suspending your disbelief that maps can offer you anything useful or even fun and give this a try. Let us know what you discover.

Read more about the USGS National Map Corps here:
http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/usgs-needs-you-help-our-national-mapping-efforts-by-adding-your-communitys-landmarks-and-buildings/?from=textlink

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. www.directionalsense.com

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