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
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!!!
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 www.opentreemap.org
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
Customizable by City• Data fields• Base map• Species list• Tree key• Optional modules – Pending edits – Stewardship activities – Comments – And more…
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
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