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Why does it say that it is an error if one cannot add GNIS ID? I read that it was auto populated. Also, I see that schools are required to have a Source Feature ID, but I do not see a field for that? Is that something that cannot be edited by standard editors?

asked 30 Apr '19, 20:40

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Junior P Luche
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The GNIS ID and Source Feature ID fields can only be filled out by USGS staff using an admin account. The error messages will pop up if an important piece of information is missing or contains specific errors, regardless of who is responsible for entering that information.

The "magic filter" that produces the error messages can be seen as a blunt tool that's useful for picking up on general errors, but isn't capable of sifting through certain nuances of editing, such as which role the editor is using when they make edits. It's important to pay attention to those messages, but in some cases they just won't apply to you or the edits you've made.

All that is to say you can ignore the error messages that flag missing GNIS IDs or Source Feature IDs since those bits of information are not something volunteers are responsible for entering. What the error messages do is flag those points so that USGS staff knows that certain bits of information still need to be entered.


answered 01 May '19, 09:07

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Not an answer but a related question. Is the process of auto-population described in any of the doc or newsletters? I'd really be interested in reading more about it. It would also help me answer questions when people ask me about my "map editing" :-) Thanks.


answered 24 Jun '22, 15:47

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You can read more about GNIS and the sync schedule here:

TNMCorps Data Access and GNIS Sync Schedule


answered 27 Jun '22, 09:19

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