USGS has a program underway to receive and review crowdsourced data for certain building structure types. Our National Map Corps is managing the Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) program. VGI provides an editing environment that allows interested persons to add, delete, and modify structures in the USGS structures database. The online VGI editor is based on the popular Open Street Map interface and anyone who is interested can sign up for an account to help us update structures and improve the quality of our data for future release to the public.
Structure types available for editing include schools, colleges/universities, fire/EMS stations, police stations, correctional facilities, state capitol buildings, hospitals, ambulance services, cemeteries, and post offices.
The VGI effort covers all 50 states (though not the Pacific Territories). Your Pacific Region National Map liaisons plan to host a webinar to introduce the VGI program to anyone who is interested in possibly contributing their knowledge of structures to our mapping program. Data contributed through VGI will be vetted by USGS and will reside in the USGS structures dataset. The structures data are available to the public and also appear on USGS products such as new US Topo maps (http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html)
To read the latest on VGI and help whet your appetite for contributing data please see the VGI newsletters here: http://nationalmap.gov/TheNationalMapCorps/newsletters.html
We are planning to offer this one hour webinar on Thursday, March 31 at 1:00 PM PDT (1:00 PM MST, 10:00 AM HST). To attend this meeting, you must first register for it. Please click this link to see more information, and register for the meeting.
Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message confirming your registration. This message will provide the information that you need to join the webinar.
Thanks and please contact us with any questions,
National Map Liaison for Pacific Region
U.S. Geological Survey
4165 Spruance Road
San Diego, CA 92101
USNG 11S MS 8026 2158
US Geological Survey National Geospatial Program
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6129