The National Map

The USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP) sponsored various forms of volunteer map data collection projects over the past two decades. Citizen cartographers revised many maps during this period, but the program was suspended in 2008.

New technologies and Internet services have made it easy to georeference many different types of information and share this information with others on map-based Internet platforms and social networking sites in recent years.

This activity has been referred to as crowdsourcing, and the information produced has been called volunteered geographic information (VGI).

In light of this rapidly changing technical landscape, the increasing use of social software for citizen mapping, and the mandates for more transparency and citizen involvement in government, the USGS has revitalized its volunteer program.

As a result, the USGS has launched a pilot project to once again encourage citizen participation.

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Learn More About the Importance of Location Analytics ESRI


Speaker: Mark Smith CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013

Time: 11:30 am PT/2:30 pm ET

Fewer than 50% of businesses have implemented systems to maximize insights from location data in their business intelligence, although most say location is critically important.

Hear how others have implemented successful location analytics strategies. In this webinar of key findings from the newly released Location Analytics Benchmark Research from Ventana Research you’ll learn:

  • How others are applying location analytics to their      business systems
  • Critical factors for success

Key insights on the importance of location analytics in the future.