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Share the Love - Become a Map Guide Contributor!

Mapping Guidelines + Instructions

If you are a resident, visitor, community organization, tourism stakeholder or local business passionate about our area, you are invited to map places of interest (POIs), businesses and events for inclusion in the guide. Below is everything you need to get started!

Through crowd-sourcing points of interest from locals the Map Guide Project helps identify, develop, and authentically communicate the Genesee Valley's unique story of place. The resulting product is an interactive digital platform that functions as a living guide to the region helping connect travelers with the many attractions, businesses and activities through the voices of the people that live there.

STEP 1: READ THE CONTRIBUTOR GUIDELINES
Read the contributor guidelines to understand what the Map Guide contribution process is all about. Find answers to all your questions about who can contribute, what you can map and where (geographic locations).

STEP 2: HOW TO CREATE A MAP GUIDE ENTRY
Once you’ve read through the contributor guidelines, review the step-by-step process on how to create an entry on the Map Guide platform. When you're ready to start mapping signup to create a profile, then login to add content!

STEP 3: CREATING COMPELLING CONTENT
To help Map Guide contributors share what is unique and distinctive about our region, we’ve created worksheets that guide contributors through a series of question prompts to help them craft a compelling entry. Each worksheet also contains examples of entries from other Map Guide projects for further guidance and inspiration.

RATHER HAVE OUR TEAM CREATE AN ENTRY FOR YOU?
We understand that technology can be tricky. If you prefer us to add content for you, please submit your information using one of the following forms:

Google survey form or contact [email protected].


MAPPING RESOURCES
The Genesee Valley Map Guide allows hikers, runners, cyclists and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts to upload tracked hikes, trails and cycling routes to the Map. If you use a hiking, running or biking app like AllTrails, Strava or GPX Tracker simply record your route and download it as a GeoJSON or GPX file, then upload it to your Map entry (see screenshot).

PHOTO GUIDELINES
To ensure a consistent standard of quality across the site we ask that you review and adhere to these guidelines when selecting and preparing your photos for upload on the site.