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Welcome! This is the best place to ask questions about my maps or to make requests. Questions about sources might already be answered on my data sources page. I do make mistakes, if you find one I've made let me know here and I'll attempt to fix it promptly. I'm much more likely to see messages left here than on individual map talk pages.

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Map Use Papaloapan River[edit]

Dear Kmusser, I realize this has been asked before but I´d like to make sure. I´d like to use the map of the Papaloapan river catchment for a Master´s thesis that will be published (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Papaloapanrivermap.png). Apart from referencing your name and wikipedia, is it also necessary to refer to the USGS and the Digital Chart of the World which you used as a basis for your map? Thanks and best wishes!

You are welcome to the map and no you don't need to list my sources as well. Kmusser (talk) 12:13, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

USE OF MAP[edit]

Dear Kmusser,

 I would like to use a portion of one of your maps (Rio Grande, Bolivia) for an article I am working on
and plan to publish.  It is listed as Creative commons.  How should I acknowledge your work?

All the best, Ben 190.186.141.83 (talk) 19:51, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Just list myself, Karl Musser, as the author and Wikipedia as the publisher. Thanks. Kmusser (talk) 20:48, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Update of Airport Maps[edit]

Any chance of updating your excellent IAH destinations map? IAH has added a ton of international destinations in just the last few years. The destinations text looks well updated, and there's also an article about new destinations here. Thanks!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:3479:D440:8D25:F9DA:40E1:6566 (talk) 15:27, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi Kmusser. Please update the airport map of San Juan (SJU). Include only the non-stop destinations because some destinations now marked as direct (like DEN, LAS, MEX, PAP, SEA) are not direct, as they are not same plane service in the flights segments although maintain same flights numbers (totally normal in US airlines and hubs). Only differentiate between "seasonal" and "year-round" destinations. The destinations for the map are: ANU, ATL, AXA, AZS, BDL, BOG, BOS, BWI, CCS, CLT, CLE (seasonal), CPX, DCA, DFW, DOM, DTW (seasonal), EIS, EWR, FDF, FLL, FRA, HOU, IAD, IAH, JAX, JFK, LRM, MAZ, MCO, MSP (seasonal), NEV, ORD, PBI, PHL, PLS, POP, PTP, PTY, PUJ, SBH, SDQ, SKB, STI, STT, STX, SXM, TPA, VIJ, VQS, YYZ. The map date would be June 2014. SKB starts on January 15, AZS PLS & POP starts on January 20, MAD starts on May 22 and HOU starts on June 14. Thank you! Miguelpr91 (talk) 17:27, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

Done, and thanks for doing the research, it does make it easier, though you forgot Miami :-) Kmusser (talk) 00:31, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! True, I forgot Miami. But Toronto is year-round by Westjet, Saturday-only. :) Miguelpr91 (talk) 03:19, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Fixed. Kmusser (talk) 19:01, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
Hello Kmusser. Please update airport maps of Panamá (PTY) and Bogotá (BOG). To PTY: YUL, BOS, TPA, CDG, GEO, LIS. Update to July 2014. For December add DEN. TO BOG: Add (SJU, LIS, LHR, FOR, APO, LQM, LMC, VGZ, TME) Erase (CRC, BSB, VLN) Change (SAP is direct destination) updated to August 2014. Thanks :) --Luisfege (talk) 06:51, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Toro Negro State Forest[edit]

Hello Kmusser. It would be awesome if you could put together a trail map for Toro Negro State Forest for publishing. Details are HERE. Thanks - Happy and healthy new year 2014 ! Mercy11 (talk) 00:59, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

FLL[edit]

You have great maps. Would you please consider updating FLL (Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport). Thanks! --Meff56 (talk) 23:17, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Done. Kmusser (talk) 19:01, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Des Plaines River[edit]

The Des Plaines River map contains an error - Wake County should be Will County.

Ranita26 (talk) 14:20, 24 January 2014 (UTC)ranita26

Done, thanks for catching that. Kmusser (talk) 00:31, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Map use[edit]

Hello Kmusser, I love your work! Would you allow me to use your Platte River map in a scientific publication, with attribution? I know this is asking a lot, and will completely understand if you say no. Thanks, Lauradays (talk) 21:51, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes, you are welcome to the map, per the Wikipedia license it can be used for any purpose, credit myself (Karl Musser) as the author and Wikipedia as the publisher. Kmusser (talk) 00:31, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Map use[edit]

Hi Karl, we like your work a lot! We are editing a journal intitled Orpheus Noster in our Károli University(Budapest, Hungary)about the early history of Amerika. Would you give us permission to publish your map of the Caribbean in a scientific publication, with attribution? Cheers, Imreghmonika (talk) 12:13, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the replies above apply to all my maps uploaded here, per the Wikipedia license they can be used for any purpose, credit myself (Karl Musser) as the author and Wikipedia as the publisher. Kmusser (talk) 13:44, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

New Cambodian Province (Jan 2014) -- existing maps need updating[edit]

Hello Kmusser and thanks for the great work you do! I just wanted to make you aware that the Cambodian province of Kampong Cham has been split into two, the land east of the Mekong is now Tbong Khmum Province. I have been asking the creators of the various affected maps to make the appropriate changes (you can see a discussion and the source maps involved here). It would be great and much appreciated if you could find the time to update File:Cambodia Kampong Cham locator map.svg and create a similar locator map for the new province.

In case you need some sources, here are a few that show the new boundaries. This one, in the sixth paragraph, lists the districts (and one city) that have been cut from Kampong Cham to make the new province. Also, here is a source in Thai with a map showing (roughly) the dividing line. Many thanks in advance for your help.--William Thweatt TalkContribs 06:42, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Done, sorry it took so long. The dividing line was based exclusively on that last link you gave, so if you find something more detailed that shows something different let me know and I'll adjust it. Kmusser (talk) 00:17, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! As always, nice work.--William Thweatt TalkContribs 02:06, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

turkish lake[edit]

hello my friend, how are you? long ago you made for me some maps of iranian rivers. i want to know if you can draw also maps of turkish lakes. i currently write an article of the en:Lake Uluabat. can you draw me a map with the lake, the places at the shore, the rivers etc? have a nice day.--KureCewlik81 (talk) 16:41, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

I don't have much time for map-making these days, but I'll take a look when I get a chance. Kmusser (talk) 18:53, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
wonderful. thank you. just send me message when you have time.--KureCewlik81 (talk) 22:32, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
Hello my friend, how are you? I've finished the article about that lake and want to know if you have time to draw a map. The article is here de:Uluabat Gölü. Have a nice day.--KureCewlik81 (talk) 20:58, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
hello Kmusser, I just wanted to ask if you could find time to create these turkish lake map. Ciao.--KureCewlik81 (talk) 22:12, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
Sadly not anytime soon, I just don't have the time for wikipedia these days. Kmusser (talk) 16:59, 29 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi, if you don't have time, it's no problem. I try to give this wish to the german map section. maybe they can help me. have a nice day. ciao--KureCewlik81 (talk) 17:09, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
after a long time I will try my luck and ask you, if you have any time to make this map. I hope you are fine. PS: you can teach me you techniques and I will try to make own maps.--KureCewlik81 (talk) 09:50, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
I feel like I should reward you for persistence :-) I still don't know when I'll get to it, but the next map I make will be this one. Kmusser (talk) 17:43, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

Your maps are really good and have a great layout. therefore I am so persistent :-)--KureCewlik81 (talk) 00:38, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

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An interactive map of Wikipedia Education Programs for Outreach wiki[edit]

Hello Karl,

I saw your name in the list of cartographer supporters of an IEG proposal for the Wikimaps Atlas project by User:Yug and User:Planemad.

I'm on the WMF's global education team, and some of our community members have asked us to add a map of educational programs on education.wikimedia.org. We really want this, too; and we'd especially like to have an interactive map, like this one used by Wiki Loves Monuments here.

I've submitted a map request on the Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Map workshop. But that process could take quite a while and it isn't guaranteed. So they suggest proposing a direct collaboration with a mapmaker using his talk page to request special maps.

I wanted to reach out to you because I thought your map of the Road to Recovery on the White House's website was pretty neat. :) (Pretty neat is an understatement; it was actually awesome.) :)

Do you know anyone in the cartography community who might want to participate in this? Could you possibly help us with this? I'm hoping so! :)

All the best to you, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:59, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Dear Kmusser, I saw your reply to User:KureCewlik81 above and just wanted to let you know that the map that I requested your help with has already been made by User:NordNordWest here. Thank you anyway. :) I hope your wikibreak will be a positive one. Take care, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 17:22, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Saw Mill River watershed map request[edit]

I started working on expanding this one with PointsofNoReturn at the Westchester edit-a-thon on Sunday. To make it perhaps easier to start, here's an online version from Westchester County's GIS website. Daniel Case (talk) 20:37, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Seasonal greetings[edit]

Christmas Tree 2014.jpg


Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive 2015!
Ruhrfisch ><>°° 19:58, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Map usage/tweakage[edit]

Hello Kmusser! I was curious to see if I could tweak route signage on your maps, especially for cities like Albany, NY and others as such. I have the templates for larger signs and the fonts for them too for a bit more clarity and I was just wondering if I could receive your permission to do so. If you would like the fonts/signage for future maps/tweakage, just let me know!

All the best, Mike

Sure, go for it. Kmusser (talk) 00:06, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

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Request for another version of the Muskegon River Map[edit]

Hello! I have a request regarding the Muskegon River Map (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/Muskegonrivermap.png). Is there any way I can obtain a high resolution version of this image (300dpi). I am creating a signs to place along the Muskegon Lake Channel and would like to use this image on the sign.

Additionally, I would like a portion of the map to be cropped, so only the lower peninsula of Michigan is depicted. If no high resolution version of the image is available, would you be able to provide a brief set of instructions on how to create the map utilizing USGS/ArcGIS? I would consider myself to be a beginner-intermediate level in terms of experience with ArcMap.

Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

Sashuman (talk) 16:48, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

I do not have a higher resolution available as I lost the original files for that map to a hard drive crash. It would be fairly easy to recreate in ArcGIS though. The layers you'd need are available from USGS at http://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/atlasftp.html (state and county boundaries, and the hydrographic database for the stream and lake - no real short cut or trick to selecting out the river you want, I just selected individual line segments) and http://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/atlas-ftp-global-map.html (Canada boundary) and http://nhd.usgs.gov/wbd.html (watershed boundary - Muskegon is HUC8 = 04060102). Kmusser (talk) 17:16, 22 March 2016 (UTC)


Would you be able to discuss via email how to create this map? Questions: Did you create this in ArcMAP???? Having a really hard time here.

(1) http://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/atlasftp.html How do I download the Michigan state boundary? Under boundaries --> state boundaries --> I do not see an option to download (2)http://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/atlas-ftp-global-map.html Should I download the "Coast line-Global Map" layer? and how? (3)http://nhd.usgs.gov/wbd.html Which folder contains the HUC8 = 04060102 file?

Thanks! Sashuman (talk) 00:16, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

Sure, you can e-mail me at fantasymaps at fantasymaps dot com, but I don't promise a prompt response. To download a file, click on the link of the file you want to download. If you're using ArcGIS either the shapefile or geodatabase is fine. For Canada, you just need a general outline of Canada, any of the files under boundaries will have that. For the watershed, I'm not sure, but I think you can use any of them, just try one and open it in Arc, if the area covered includes Michigan you're good, that huc isn't going to have it's own file, it'll be a single polygon in a larger file. Kmusser (talk) 17:00, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

Request for higher resolution Papaloapan River map[edit]

I would like to use your Papaloapan River map for a scientific publication and the journal requires a higher resolution image than is available on the wiki page. How may I obtain one?Siluroid (talk) 19:42, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

I no longer have the original files for any of my river maps so I'm afraid what I uploaded is the highest resolution available. What are they looking for? I uploaded that one at a high enough resolution that I would've thought it would look fine in print. Kmusser (talk) 20:01, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

File:Tibet provinces.png[edit]

What is your actual source for these image. The mentioned map File:Map of Tibet Ü-Tsang Amdo and Kham.jpg dows not provide sufficient information about the borders.--Antemister (talk) 09:14, 26 May 2016 (UTC)

You'd have to talk to the uploader of the original cited map, I just re-colored it when it was brought to the Graphics lab. Not sure what you mean about borders though, it purposely doesn't have defined borders - I believe the areas are just supposed to represent general cultural regions, not political provinces in the modern day sense, so I just made them fuzzy colored blobs. Kmusser (talk) 13:35, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
Actually these are only cultural areas without defined borders. Waht do you mean with the "original cited map" File:Map of Tibet Ü-Tsang Amdo and Kham.jpg was uploaded by a professor for tibetology, I am pretty sure that he had uploaded a more precise map if he had one.--Antemister (talk) 16:49, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
I don't understand what your question is. [[:]] is based directly on File:Map of Tibet Ü-Tsang Amdo and Kham.jpg using three colored blobs to indicate the general areas labeled on the source map. Neither map has defined borders for the areas in question. Kmusser (talk) 17:17, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
But File:Map of Tibet Ü-Tsang Amdo and Kham.jpg does not contain any color shades but only the modern administrative boundaries. Your colors are then rather original research.--Antemister (talk) 11:58, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
You are trying to make this way more complicated than it is. Do you see the textual labels on the source map? I added a colored blob centered on each of those labels, I did not choose where those go randomly or based on some other source or research, I used where the label was placed on the source map. I did combine Ngari into Ü-Tsang because our Ngari article does so, but that's the only change. Original maps are allowed on Wikipedia as long as they don't introduce unpublished ideas WP:OI which I'm not. I'm not intending to convey any information not in the source map, my intent was simply to present the same information in a more visually pleasing way. If you don't like the map, don't use it. If you think it's inaccurate, tell me why and give me a better source and I'll change it. Kmusser (talk) 14:27, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

Class I Railroad Network[edit]

Hi Kmusser,

I would like to create a high-resolution version of your railroad network map from 2005. I've downloaded the National Transportation Atlas Databases 2015 and opened it in QGIS, but I'm not intelligent enough to filter for every railroad. May you please tell me, how you've done the map?--Kopiersperre (talk) 21:18, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

The field you want is RROWNER1 and you have to select the specific railroads you want, if you're matching mine that would be: BNSF, CN, CPRS, CSXT, KCS, NS, and UP. I left out Amtrak as it mostly uses other companies rails, but if you want their own rails in there, they are AMTK. Also note that dataset is U.S. only, I believe I used the dataset from http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/north_american_transportation_atlas_data/index.html to get Canada and Mexico, but that probably is pretty dated at this point, I'm not sure if there's a newer source available. Kmusser (talk) 16:13, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

River categories[edit]

I'm startubg a new discussion at WP:CFD about the naming of river categories. Since you have participated in t least one of the recent discussions in the matterm you nay want to express your opinion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2016 July 11#Rivers. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 02:40, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Dear Kmusser,

Thank you for creating and licensing the file Riodelaplatabasinmap.png. I have found your map is extremely useful for trying to explain the Paraguayan war and I have incorporated it in the article Treaty of the Triple Alliance and (annotated) in Passage of Humaitá. Ttocserp 17:27, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

You're welcome, glad you found it useful. Kmusser (talk) 21:26, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Source data for historical reservation maps[edit]

Hi Kmusser - I'm looking for GIS data for historical reservation boundaries. I see you've made a couple of maps: Rosebudreservationmap.png and Siouxreservationmap.png I'm wondering where you found the boundary files or whether you drew them yourself? Thanks! Acartographer (talk) 00:50, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Afraid not, I started with GIS data for current reservations (which you can get from either Census Bureau or USGS National Atlas) and then just drew in the historical boundaries - fortunately most of which follow rivers so I was able to use those, the only bit I had to freehand on the Sioux map was a short segment into Nebraska. For Rosebud the historical boundaries follow current counties, so that one was easy. Kmusser (talk) 14:00, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

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Jialing River Map[edit]

Hi Kmusser! Thanks for all the great maps you've made that have greatly enhanced the wikipedia experience.

I noticed that your map, Jialingrivermap.png, was missing the upper reaches of the Jialing River as named. I'm not sure if you still make corrections, but would you be able to fix this? If not, I would be happy to make the changes if you happen to have the original photoshop or illustrator file available. I'm including an example image showing the headwaters of the Jialing. Thanks! -- NoGhost (talk) 22:57, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for catching that, I don't have my original files, but that looks like an easy enough correction I should be able to Photoshop it in. Kmusser (talk) 15:38, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
Done. Kmusser (talk) 03:26, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
That's great, thanks so much! -- NoGhost (talk) 08:19, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Thames River (Connecticut)[edit]

I attempted to find the data for the Thames River watershed, but I couldn't find anything to download. Could you make a watershed map of the river?
(It's located in Connecticut)
JJBers 14:14, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, the day job has been keeping too busy to make new maps. Some day I hope to come back to it. Kmusser (talk) 16:34, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Oh, thanks for responding anyways. —JJBers 00:23, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Russian rivers[edit]

Hello Kmusser: thank you for sharing all these maps, I'm using many of them in wikipedia in Spanish. I would like to have a map like this

Siberiariverroutemap.png

but without the purple line which means the Siberian route. Can you make it, please? Thank you JuanCamacho (talk) 10:04, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

The original file has been lost, but fortunately I had a map from a freelance project that was close and only needed minor edits, here you go
Russian rivers.png
. Kmusser (talk) 12:36, 20 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks a lot JuanCamacho (talk) 08:37, 21 August 2017 (UTC)

St. Louis is not in the proper place[edit]

Mississippirivermap.png

Dear Kmusser, I have noticed in this map of the Mississippi river, that Saint Louis isn't in the proper place; it must be more to the north, at the confluence of Mississippi and Missouri rivers. This is a very good and useful map, but it would be better with the city in the correct place, Can you change it please? Thank you very much! JuanCamacho (talk) 12:45, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

That's not one of mine, ask the author, I believe they are still active and they should have their original graphics files. I could try and fudge it in Photoshop, but it would leave a smear where they have St. Louis now. Kmusser (talk) 19:05, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
I just went and checked and Shannon already did an update to this map, you should be using File:Mississippiriver-new-01.png instead. Kmusser (talk) 19:10, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

404 at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kmusser[edit]

The link to the map at "White House" is redirected to an error page.

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