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OpenTreeMap NCGIS


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  • 1. Crowd Sourced Data as a Civic Hack:Using OpenTreeMap for Citizen Forestry 340 N 12th St, Suite 402 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.925.2600
  • 2. An open source tree data management systemfor collaborative, geography enabled urban tree inventory
  • 3. Main Features• Search and Explore Tree Data• View Ecosystem Benefits• Add New Trees• Edit and Update Trees• Upload Tree Photos• Track Stewardship Activities
  • 4. Partners and Funders
  • 5. About Azavea• Founded in 2000• B Corporation• Esri Business Partner• 35+ people• Based in Philadelphia• Geospatial + web + mobile – Software development – Spatial analysis services – User experience
  • 6. OpenTreeMap History• Urban Forest Map• USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Phase 1• PhillyTreeMap and Greenprint Maps• Released as open source project• USDA Phase 2 Grant• More maps!!!
  • 7. Open Source? What does that mean?• No license fee• Anyone can download and contribute to the code• Maintained by a community of users• New features are added back into the code for everyone to use• Accessible at
  • 8. Why Open Source?• Original Urban Forest Map grant required the code be released as open source• Many forestry groups have limited resources for ongoing licensing costs• Enables a collaborative effort from people with multiple skill sets (GIS, forestry, community engagement)• Because it’s fun
  • 9. Search and Display
  • 10. Searching for Trees• Location• Species• Advanced Filters – Diameter – Dates – Missing Data – Species Characteristics – Other Options
  • 11. Quick Detail View
  • 12. Tree Detail Page • Tree Info • Tree Images • Satellite Imagery • Google Street View Integration • Eco Benefits • Recent Contributors • Editing Option
  • 13. Calculate Eco Benefits
  • 14. Viewing Ecosystem Benefits • Available for search results or individual trees • Calculated using iTree • Can be customized with local energy values • Requires species and diameter data
  • 15. Adding and Editing Data
  • 16. Adding and Editing Data
  • 17. Data Quality
  • 18. Pending Updates System
  • 19. Data Quality Checks• Remove duplicate trees during data upload• Tree watch list• Drop down lists• User groups• Reputation points
  • 20. Administrative Management• Bulk data upload• Review comments and uploaded images• View recent activity and edits• Manage user groups• Manage tree watch list
  • 21. Public Engagement
  • 22. Customizable by City• Data fields• Base map• Species list• Tree key• Optional modules – Pending edits – Stewardship activities – Comments – And more…
  • 23. Stewardship Search• Add ability to search by public actions, not just tree attributes• Use settings that let the public explore stewardship actions• Display results with design that emphasizes action or inaction
  • 24. Add Activity
  • 25. Visible and Searchable Online
  • 26. Tablet Accessible
  • 27. Smartphone Apps
  • 28. How do you get people involved? • Tree mapping parties in Grand Rapids • The Great Tree Count in California • Tree surveys in Philadelphia • Partner with colleges • Integration with citizen forester classes
  • 29. OpenTreeMap In Action
  • 30. Deborah Boyer azavea Slides at More resources at Questions?
  • 31. Crowd Sourced Data as a Civic Hack:Using OpenTreeMap for Citizen Forestry 340 N 12th St, Suite 402 Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.925.2600