US National Map Corps

Last week I attended a web-based presentation by USGS on the National Map Corps. I don’t know if you are familiar with USGS’s National Map or not, but it is a great resource for finding and downloading information. I had not heard of the USGS National Map Corps before, so this was good news to me.

USGS has adopted the same editing environment for the National Map Corps that OpenStreetMap has used for a few years (Potlatch). It works well, is simple to use, and they use it to update a few features for the US Topo Map. The features you can currently edit across the US are: schools, fire, police, and EMS locations, state capitals, and cemeteries. Not a lot of features to update, but it is nice to see USGS opening up to crowd sourcing to keep features current and accurate. The updates you make on the map are reviewed by peers and then added to the new US Topo Map quads.

The URL for the USGS National Map Corps Editor is: 


Georeferencing Imagery in ArcGIS 10.1 Desktop Tutorial

We have had a lot of people lately ask us how to georeference imagery. So, as long as it is a hot topic, we just posted VerticalGeo’s new video tutorial on “Georeferencing Imagery in ArcGIS 10.1 Desktop” on our YouTube Channel. Here it is:

Google’s Project Tango

Google’s Project Tango is a very interesting project that brings an entirely new focus to crowd sourced mapping data.

Blaise Agüera y Arcas: Augmented-Reality Maps

One more TED post from Blaise Aguera y Arcas on the Augmented Reality Maps work he did while with Microsoft Bing Maps. This application shows a great integration of imagery and mapping.

How Photsynth Can Connect the World’s Photos

Here’s a great TED talk from Blaise Aguera y Arcas that discusses the incredible capability of Photosynth,

Wide Area Airborne LiDAR Scanner

Thanks to Gene Roe and LiDAR News for sharing the following video on the new state-of-the-art  Riegl LMS-Q1560.  This sensor will collect LiDAR, true color, and infrared at the same time.  Seems like we are well overdue for a sensor system that can collect all that we need on one pass instead of having to go back multiple times.  And, Riegl has integrated it into a new aircraft and is selling a turnkey system.  I like the camera, but I am not sold on the aircraft. The sensor system looks very promising:

US Open Golf Course Mapping

Very nice Map from ESRI that depicts the individual holes at this weekend’s US Open Golf Championships.

US Open Golf Championship 2013

US Open Golf Championship 2013










Shows the usefulness of ArcGIS Online for reaching a large group of users