Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Crowd Sourcing the National Map

As previously offered on the MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Committee's LinkedIn site, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is attempting to respond to the quick pace of developments in the mapping world by experimenting with an approach first pioneered by OpenStreetMap.  In a Colorado based pilot program announced last week, individuals can enroll in a system that allows them to create entries for several different types of critical infrastructure like schools, hospitals, and police stations. Provided this test supporting The National Map is successful, plans call for the program to be expanded to other parts of the country.  To learn more, use the links, or view the video, below:

Comment: Here's another positive story adding to the recent string of news items which indicate parts of the public sector are now embracing new technologies that will increase the fidelity and granularity of geospatial data.  Hats off to the USGS for their initiative on this one.

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