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At-home crowdsourcing and citizen science for mapping enthusiasts

May 13, 2020By
Image: U.S. Geological Survey

The world so close has never seemed so far away. Locked up and adrift, somewhere between the comfort of the past and the anxiety of the future, the present slowly passes by in a procession of nameless days. The living room has become a sundial. Shadows pass from one wall in the morning to the far side by day’s end.... read more

Fugro bathymetric maps support global initiative Seabed 2030

February 26, 2018By

Fugro is supporting NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030, a global initiative to produce a definitive, high-resolution bathymetric map of the entire world’s ocean floor by the year 2030. The initiative is being facilitated by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) project in partnership with The Nippon Foundation as a means to inform global policy, improve sustainable use and advance scientific research. Less... read more

How GIS — and you — can aid in disaster response

January 10, 2018By

Whether you are on the helping end of a disaster aiding in rescue and recovery, or on the receiving end being aided, GIS is supercharging the rescue efforts. read more

Mapillary raises $8M Series A to map world through photos

March 7, 2016By

Mapillary, a community-based photomapping platform, has received an $8 million Series A funding round led by Atomico, with participation from Sequoia, LDV Capital and PlayFair. Anyone can contribute photos to the Mapillary platform and mobile app (available on iOS and Android) with a smartphone or action camera. The company’s computer vision software automatically extracts geographic information, blurs license plates and faces, and... read more

National Map Corps Updates Volunteer Badges

October 30, 2015By

The National Map Corps has updated the recognition badges that it awards for participation in its crowdsourcing mapping project. Volunteer “citizen scientists” who collect manmade structure data such as police stations, schools, hospitals and cemeteries, to provide more precise spatial data for the USGS web-based mapping products can earn points and virtual badges. Due to continuous project growth and popularity, TNMCorps has added... read more

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Mapillary Partners with Esri to Provide Real-Time Street Photos

October 14, 2015By

Mapillary, a community-based mapping photo app, is partnering with Esri to help governments and businesses see their cities evolve in real-time through the ArcGIS platform integration. Mapillary creates detailed maps that go beyond street view by instantly stitching together hundreds of thousands of crowd-sourced photos, giving cities the ability to gain insights immediately rather than weeks or months later. The ArcGIS integration provides... read more

DigitalGlobe Offers Satellite Images of Nepal Earthquake

April 27, 2015By
Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu, after the earthquake (image credit: DigitalGlobe)

In response to the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal on April 25, DigitalGlobe has made high-resolution satellite imagery of the affected areas freely available online to all groups involved in the response and recovery effort through the company’s FirstLook initiative. This imagery can be accessed via Username: nepal Password: forcrisis​ The below before and after images show the destruction... read more

USGS Volunteers Help with Accurate Mapping

April 15, 2015By

Volunteer mappers continue to make contributions to ability of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to provide accurate mapping information to the public. Recently, volunteers were asked to update all of the law enforcement structure points in Tennessee. The volunteers answered the call and added, verified, edited or deleted 440 points. All of the points were quality checked by either a... read more

USGS National Map Corps Hits Crowdsourcing Milestone

February 3, 2015By

The U.S. Geological Survey citizen science project, The National Map Corps, has realized remarkable response. In less than two years, the volunteer-based project has harvested more than 100,000 “points.” Hundreds of volunteer cartographers are making significant additions to the USGS ability to provide accurate mapping information to the public. Each point represents a structure or manmade feature on a map that has... read more

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National Map Corps Celebrates One Year of Crowdsourced Mapping

April 1, 2014By

This April marks the one year anniversary of the transition of the USGS’s The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) from a small regional pilot project in the heart of Denver, Colorado, into a successful nationwide project. During the past year, civilian volunteers in every state have increasingly provided accurate mapping data to the National Geospatial Program’s publicly available application called The... read more

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