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US Topo News



July 9, 2015

topoView Launched: What was your neighborhood like in the 1900s? The USGS National Map program, working with the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) project, has launched a new version of the beta application, topoView for exploring, viewing and downloading the more than 178,000 USGS digitized legacy topographic maps from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC). These scanned quadrangles, georeferenced at various scales, date from the late 1880’s to 2010. http://on.doi.gov/1NOEJB2

North America’s Highest Peak to be Surveyed: The USGS, along with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), are supporting a Global Positioning System (GPS) survey of Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America. Surveying technology and processes have improved greatly since the last physical survey in 1953 which set the summit peak elevation at 20.320 ft. An experienced team of four climbers started the precarious trek to the peak with the needed scientific instruments in tow, on June 16. They have since return and now Federal, academic and commercial partners are analyzing the data. An updated elevation planned to be announced in late August. http://on.doi.gov/1BdmALu

Latest 3DEP State Fact Sheets: During the past month, the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP has added the two final states to its selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. Delaware and Connecticut have been added to complete the 50 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map or 3DEP websites.

Centers of Academic Excellence in GS: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and USGS have released a list of 17 new academic institutions that have been selected for the Centers of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences program. The program is designed to cultivate excellence in geospatial sciences, content processing, tradecraft methodologies, and research and development technologies. More information and list of selected institutions https://www.nga.mil/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2015-14.aspx

Geospatial Webinar: Calling all developers or organizations that use mobile or web applications to support your users, tools or services - the USGS wants to help you. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center hosted a 30- minute webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on June 16 at 9am Mountain Time. Transcripts: http://ngtoc.usgs.gov/webinars/webinar_series.html

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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights WBD Standards Review, NHDPlus High Resolution Update, Completion of the National WBD Review and Update of Downstream Codes (ToHUCs), Product & Service Lead Retiring, Hydrography Seminar Series, and other current hydrography related news. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science. To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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Passed 4,150! The National Map Twitter site is continuing to grow. Thanks to all who have joined us on @USGSTNM. Are you part? If not, sign up today and help us reach 5,000!

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New NGP Director Announced: The USGS is pleased to announce the selection of Michael Tischler to the position of the Director, National Geospatial Program (NGP), starting Monday, April 6th. Mike brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the USGS and NGP from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as the Associate Technical Director of the Engineering Research and Development Center. The NGP provides leadership for USGS geospatial coordination, production and service activities. The Program engages partners to develop standards and produce consistent and accurate data through its National Map Liaisons. Operational support is provided by the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center. These and other Program activities that are essential to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) are managed as a unified portfolio that benefits geospatial information users throughout the Nation. http://on.doi.gov/1abjxGR

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3DEP Moving Forward:

  • State and Regional 3DEP Stakeholder Workshops Underway: The USGS National Geospatial Program is developing the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional (3D) representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. To expand awareness of 3DEP status and plans, as well as provide an open forum for 3DEP stakeholders to communicate and coordinate potential Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) proposals, the USGS is offering numerous state and regional coordination workshops. The meetings will be held throughout the US between early May and June 30th. Locations, dates, times and registration information can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/1IMab1H. The workshops will include in-person and/or virtual participation options. http://on.doi.gov/1IJ8K5U

  • Latest 3DEP State Fact Sheets: During the past month, the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP has added another state to its rapidly growing selection of state-specific fact sheets that features the applications, benefits, and examples of 3DEP. South Carolina joins the mounting list of 48 state Fact Sheets. All are available for viewing and download from The National Map or 3DEP websites.


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  • News Release: Louisiana Quads Add Trails and Survey Data: Several of the 812 new US Topo quadrangles for Louisiana now display public trails along with improved data layers. Other significant additions include public land survey system information (PLSS), redesign of map symbols, enhanced railroad information and new road source data. Some of the data for the trails is provided to the USGS through a nationwide “crowdsourcing” project managed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). http://on.doi.gov/1IPtEi3
  • Yosemite Through the Years:The US Topo map and Historical Topographic Map Collection websites have updated the interactive map application to those home pages. The new series features 11 topographic maps (and layer variants) of the Yosemite, California area, featuring the El Capitan quadrangle. The maps and scans span more than 109 years and the California 2015 US Topo map editions feature the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Also, other trails have been have been added to the US Topo products and use data provided by the International Mountain Bike Association. These flash thumbnails of original scanned maps display all available versions of the Yosemite area quadrangles in an animated format. The display allows the user to view the maps in chronological order, access larger version of the map and go directly to the free download services. http://1.usa.gov/jtRGVx, http://1.usa.gov/HgbHNw
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The National Map Corps Increasing Membership:

  • Do You Like to Map? Take the Mapping Challenge! Volunteer citizen-mappers continue to make significant contributions to the USGS ability 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 an amazing 440 points! http://on.doi.gov/1OBraWo

  • Nuclear Inspired Mapping: The USGS crowdsourcing project called The National Map Corps uses citizen scientists to validate or edit structures to improve topographic maps. To reward and recognize those volunteers, TNMCorps assigns points to the submissions which lead to virtual badges increasing awards levels. One of the more active data providers to reach the previous top award, the Theodolite Assemblage, goes by the handle of “PercMastaFTW”. His story: “I have been training to become a nuclear operator in the Navy for over a year now. Since I joined, I have been looking for some projects that I would be able to be a part of. That's when I learned about the National Map Corps. I'd say that the greatest part of this project is being able to volunteer right from my room. It feels great knowing that I'm able to use my time that I use to wind down to help out a greater cause. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I've found an enjoyment in a niche reviewing my peer's map points, confirming data, then finally formatting the information. Thank you to the staff of the National Map Corps for always being so helpful and giving me the opportunity to partake in this great project!” You can assist PercMastaFTW, along with hundreds of others, and contribute to The National Map. Join The National Corps and begin editing points today! http://bit.ly/11e0VLu
  • Mapping Challenge: Kentucky finished, North Carolina started: The USGS National Map Corps is pleased to announce the completion of the Mapping Challenge to update, verify, add and delete 442 Law Enforcement facilities in Kentucky. Special thanks to volunteers fconley, rjerrard, TheJ. Gnooj, Carograsaurus and Kelly Margaret Gorman for their hard work and tenacity in contributing to this activity.

  • The next Mapping Challenge is now open (then closed quickly): This new task is similar to the last several challenges, and is to update all Law Enforcement and Prison/Correctional Facilities in North Carolina. This includes verifying or updating the existing points, adding missing points, and removing obsolete points. Participation in the National Map Corps Volunteer Geographic Information project is open to anyone with interest and an internet connection – so consider volunteering today! http://bit.ly/1r0J4Ki


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NHD Newsletter: The most recent edition of the NHD Newsletter has been posted. The monthly bulletin highlights USGS NHD/WBD plans for upcoming fiscal year, NHD conflation research, mapping Indian’s streams, status of network improvement projects, and other current hydrography related news. Newsletter readers are encouraged to send in articles on their work to help spread the word of how the NHD and WBD are contributing to water management and science.  To view past newsletters go to http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletter_list.html

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Past 4,000! The National Map Twitter site is continuing to grow. Thanks to all who have joined us on @USGSTNM. Are you part? If not, sign up today and help us reach 5,000!

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long-term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 4-2-15):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 10% complete - 1,121 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% complete - 2,913 quadrangles
  • Arkansas: 100% complete - 874 quadrangles
  • South Carolina: 100% complete - 519 quadrangles
  • Oregon: 100% complete - 1,835 quadrangles
  • Michigan: 100% complete - 1,290 quadrangles
  • Maine: 100% complete - 715 quadrangles
  • Alabama: 100% complete - 840 quadrangles
  • Arizona: 100% complete - 1,885 quadrangles
  • Nebraska: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Nevada: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Missouri: 100% compete - 1,196 quadrangles
  • California: 100% compete - 2,798 quadrangles
  • Louisiana: 99% complete – 804 quadrangles
  • New Hampshire: 9% complete – 16 quadrangles
  • Mississippi: 4% complete – 33 quadrangles
  • Wyoming: 8% complete – 158 quadrangles
  • Connecticut: 10% complete – 10 quadrangles

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long-term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 4-2-15):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 10% complete - 1,121 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% complete - 2,913 quadrangles
  • Arkansas: 100% complete - 874 quadrangles
  • South Carolina: 100% complete - 519 quadrangles
  • Oregon: 100% complete - 1,835 quadrangles
  • Michigan: 100% complete - 1,290 quadrangles
  • Maine: 100% complete - 715 quadrangles
  • Alabama: 100% complete - 840 quadrangles
  • Arizona: 100% complete - 1,885 quadrangles
  • Nebraska: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Nevada: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Missouri: 100% compete - 1,196 quadrangles
  • California: 100% compete - 2,798 quadrangles
  • Louisiana: 99% complete – 804 quadrangles
  • New Hampshire: 9% complete – 16 quadrangles
  • Mississippi: 4% complete – 33 quadrangles
  • Wyoming: 8% complete – 158 quadrangles
  • Connecticut: 10% complete – 10 quadrangles

US Topo Update: Production and release of the USGS's new series of digital topographic maps, the US Topo started in October 2009. In October 2012, the project met its very aggressive long-term goal of replacing all quads in the lower 48 states in three years with the new GeoPDF maps. Thus, the second cycle of US Topo map production has started, beginning with Kansas. Also, all previous "Digital Map–Beta" products have been removed from distribution. The National Geospatial Technical Operations Center reports the following US Topo maps are loaded to the Map Locator of the USGS Store (as of 4-2-15):
  • Kansas: 100% complete - 1,403 quadrangles
  • Oklahoma: 100% complete - 1,149 quadrangles
  • Texas: 100% complete - 4,208 quadrangles
  • New York: 100% complete - 972 quadrangles
  • Kentucky: 100% complete - 671 quadrangles
  • Tennessee: 100% complete - 694 quadrangles
  • Iowa: 100% complete - 1.011 quadrangles
  • Indiana: 100% complete - 640 quadrangles
  • North Carolina: 100% complete - 883 quadrangles
  • Virginia: 100% complete - 729 quadrangles
  • Pennsylvania: 100% complete - 804 quadrangles
  • Wisconsin: 100% complete - 1,109 quadrangles
  • Colorado: 100% complete - 1,794 quadrangles
  • Minnesota: 100% complete - 1,689 quadrangles
  • Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands: 100% complete - 97 quadrangles
  • Alaska: 10% complete - 1,121 quadrangles (estimated total maps when complete: 11,275)
  • Ohio: 100% complete - 748 quadrangles
  • New Mexico: 100% complete - 1,980 quadrangles
  • Idaho: 100% complete - 1,563 quadrangles
  • Washington: 100% complete - 1,446 quadrangles
  • Utah: 100% complete - 1,476 quadrangles
  • West Virginia: 100% complete - 418 quadrangles
  • New Jersey: 100% complete - 150 quadrangles
  • Georgia: 100% complete - 952 quadrangles
  • North Dakota: 100% complete - 1,402 quadrangles
  • Delaware: 100% complete - 38 quadrangles
  • Maryland: 100% complete - 213 quadrangles
  • Montana: 100% complete - 2,913 quadrangles
  • Arkansas: 100% complete - 874 quadrangles
  • South Carolina: 100% complete - 519 quadrangles
  • Oregon: 100% complete - 1,835 quadrangles
  • Michigan: 100% complete - 1,290 quadrangles
  • Maine: 100% complete - 715 quadrangles
  • Alabama: 100% complete - 840 quadrangles
  • Arizona: 100% complete - 1,885 quadrangles
  • Nebraska: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Nevada: 100% compete - 1,376 quadrangles
  • Missouri: 100% compete - 1,196 quadrangles
  • California: 100% compete - 2,798 quadrangles
  • Louisiana: 99% complete – 804 quadrangles
  • New Hampshire: 9% complete – 16 quadrangles
  • Mississippi: 4% complete – 33 quadrangles
  • Wyoming: 8% complete – 158 quadrangles
  • Connecticut: 10% complete – 10 quadrangles

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