[Talk-us] National Map Corps Revived - And Using the OSM Stack

Mike N niceman at att.net
Mon Jul 23 19:37:46 BST 2012

On 7/23/2012 1:58 PM, Eric Wolf wrote:
> Interestingly, in Phase 2 there were some structures that got changed
> back to the initial state from GNIS. After a little digging, it was
> noted that the first volunteer "fixed" incorrect information from the
> GNIS import but then the second volunteer (during our volunteer quality
> control process) changed it back, citing Google as the source.
> Unfortunately, Google was reporting data they imported from GNIS but
> didn't cite their source! Even within the very controlled setting of
> Phase 2, volunteers contributing to the project acted in ways the USGS
> had not anticipated.

   Fascinating!   I have noticed this when trying to research something 
that has moved - the original source of many Google hits is obviously 
the original GNIS data point.   I have moved many churches and schools 
who outgrew their original location and rebuilt halfway across town.

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