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James' keynote from the 2010 NYS Geospatial Conference

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  • We all have probably hundreds of communities that we take part in. Think about all the physical, online, formal or informal communities you take part in every day. How they overlap and how they react to each other.
  • Let us think for a moment about how these communities use geospatial technology.
  • Yelp stickers appear almost everywhere these days.
  • Free food for being the mayor or check in?
  • OSM Haiti efforts were epic and the speed at which that community responded was just incredible.
  • But beyond Haiti and other natural disasters, we need to do more to engage this mapping community in our backyards. They will be mapping no matter if organizations help them or not, so we might as well make their efforts as accurate as possible.
  • Government Data Will Start to be Supplied by Citizens, Not Centrally Lets think about that for a moment. According to Gartner, 1 in 5 government organizations will rely on crowdsourced data in 2012, shifting their focus from providing information to constituents to gathering and managing information that constituents themselves collect and provide.
  • When there is a “boom” sound in Arizona, we assume it is aliens.
  • When Portland hears a boom, they go ahead and crowd source the location of the sound. You guys are just nuts! ;)
  • The old days of GIS - much like this UNIX user, they had a certain air of superiority that they let everyone know about.
  • Traditional GIS was best done in the corner cubicles, out of the way of everyone.
  • Data was protected from users because maps lie.
  • but as we all know, the public is mapping because they can’t get access to that data.
  • But how far are we away from getting crowdsourced data into data repositories such as geodata.gov? Right now I see no way this will be happening anytime soon.
  • Whenever I am in Portland, the one thing that freaks me out more than anything else is the volcanos.
  • The OSM guys will go out and survey the town when an eruption happens. They may try and share with FEMA, but they’ll get rebuffed. The solution is to engage the local government and share data with them. They’ll give it to FEMA. If local government can share back and forth with the crowd source community, then they’ll all get better data results. We must share with each other.
  • We all don’t want this to happen again...
  • FME Desktop 2010 supports reading of OSM XML data. ESRI is looking at offering up services of OSM and may include editing. We at WeoGeo are looking at augmenting our services with OSM data to improve our service to our users.
  • Talk about Microsoft, Google and Apple as platforms Killer apps drive platforms
  • Get the public involved - just because you publish data doesn’t mean someone is going to use it.
  • Just like a Lego Store doesn’t toss all their bricks in one big bin, government needs to examine its data and put it into three buckets
  • Define high value data sets that can be shared in machine-readable format; data that is not updated frequently, never anticipates the need for improvement; might include historical spending, infrastructure details, and census-like data.
  • Next, build the datafeeds, because they will help maximize the public’s information and contribution in Step #1. Push this data to the public in machine-readable formats: XML, RSS, or CSV, accessible via Web services. DataSF
  • Define high value data sets than can be interacted with via an API. This is data that anticipates improvement from the public, and/or which regularly needs to stay updated by government. Examples might include permits, locations of buildings, and crime data.
  • So why do we go to the NYT for data and not the LOC?
  • Huge building
  • Lots of metadata...
  • They offer feeds of data, but no API, thus we had to use the NYT data API.
  • The USA CIO is a busy man and before he became the nations CIO, he was in Washington DC
  • He created this site to get developers to create free apps from free data
  • Apps for Democracy has a ton of great apps that wouldn’t have been created for citizens without easy access to public data.
  • NYPD, said “We provide public information, not data flow for entrepreneurs”.
  • Of course no one makes millions making free apps
  • They just want to solve simple problems, like getting home from the bar late at night.
  • Stamen created the Oakland crimespotting website
  • Which eventually tied into the SFO one.
  • Both Jack and Steve like App stores and you should too...
  • But Jack and Steve have walled gardens which isn’t what sharing government data is about.
  • Define the data types that are not shared and let everyone know what they are.
  • DataSF has feedback
  • And what do you know, an app store!
  • Toronto has some really good feedback mechanisms as well.
  • My wife’s car needed an update to her navigation, we got the new data and of course it was out of date, what kind of feedback could I do with Navteq?
  • Between poor support for my browsers and crashing, i was unable to give them feedback.
  • The point is that you need to invite people in to give feedback on your data and how you can improve it.
  • Data is expensive in Tempe
  • Because these guys say we can’t... *cough*
  • City of Tempe, attorney...
  • So after all that, I can finally pick up the data...
  • But I had to go down to the city and pick it up (getting a taxi)....
  • It cost me $11.10 to get the data...
  • Layer names were just numbers so with no metadata, I was unable to figure anything out.
  • Non-standard projections
  • Welcome to Arizona, home of poor data sharing...
  • Tempe, should be trying to share with their citizens, but they don’t trust us to make the city a better place...
  • They all think we are going to get rich creating free apps for our neighbors....
  • but all we want to do is improve our lives...
  • Thanks everyone!

NYS Geospatial Keynote NYS Geospatial Keynote Presentation Transcript

  • Engaging theCommunity Through Data Sharing James Fee
  • Photo by steven w - http://flic.kr/p/5TBjYh
  • Photo by Lars Plougmann - http://flic.kr/p/oEQrX
  • Photo by roboppy - http://flic.kr/p/Gj64f
  • Photo by 6S - http://flic.kr/p/6Syzg3
  • Photo by ItoWorld - http://flic.kr/p/7Ch1Bg
  • Government Data Will Start to beSupplied by Citizens, Not Centrally
  • Crowd Sourcing Volunteered Volunteered Geographic Geographic Information Information User- User- Generated Generated Content Content
  • Boom!
  • It’s the awesome!http://www.flickr.com/photos/soundfromwayout/143822346
  • The Old Days of GIS
  • This map isolder than I am.
  • NatchPhoto by notfrancois - http://flic.kr/p/4kiw8P
  • FIERY DEATHPhoto by kasiaeryn - http://flic.kr/p/F1xvU
  • http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:OSM_Hi_Vis_Back.jpg
  • “Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job”
  • Consuming OpenStreetMap
  • Companies Looking at OSM Integration
  • Gov 2.0Governmentas a Platform
  • Photo by City of Edmonton - http://flic.kr/p/7JiqEX Get Feedback
  • Organize Photo by marcorbito - http://flic.kr/p/6Hthoi
  • MachineReadableFormats Photo by Menage a Moi - http://flic.kr/p/5oFwGU
  • Where the data feeds at?
  • <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <docket> <bill year="2009" senateId="S6868" billId="S6868" title="Authorizes the city ofWhite Plains to impose an additional one-quarter of one percent sales and compensating usetax" lawSection="Tax Law" sponsor="OPPENHEIMER" assemblySameAs="A9966" sameAs="A9966"> <cosponsors/> <amendments/> <summary>Authorizes the city of White Plains to impose an additional one-quarterof one percent sales and compensating use tax. </summary> <committee>INVESTIGATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS</committee> <actions/> <text> S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K________________________________________________________________________ 6868 I N S E N A T E February 18, 2 1 ___________Introduced by Sen. OPPENHEIMER read twice and ordered printed, and when printedto be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsAN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to authorizing the city of White Plainsto impose an additional one quarter of one percent rate of sales and compensatinguse tax THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. Clause 3 of subparagraph (ii) of the openingparagraph of 2 section 121 of the tax law, as amended by chapter 37 of the laws of 3 2 9, is amended to read as follows: 4 (3) the city of White Plains is herebyfurther authorized and empowered to adopt and amend local laws, ordinances orresolutions 6 imposing such taxes at a rate which is: (i) one half of one percent7 additional to the three percent rate authorized above in this paragraph 8 for suchcity for the period beginning September first, nineteen hundred 9 ninety three and endingAugust thirty first, two thousand eleven; and 1 (ii) an additional one quarter of onepercent in addition to the other 11 rates authorized in this paragraph for such city forthe period begin 12 ning March first, two thousand eight and ending August thirty first,two 13 thousand eleven; AND (III) AN ADDITIONAL ONE QUARTER OF ONE PERCENT IN 14ADDITION TO THE OTHER RATES AUTHORIZED IN THIS PARAGRAPH FOR SUCH CITY 1 FOR THE PERIODBEGINNING MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TEN AND ENDING AUGUST 16 THIRTY FIRST, TWO THOUSANDELEVEN; 17 S 2. Subparagraph (iii) of the opening paragraph of section 121 of 18the tax law, as separately amended by chapters 94 and 174 of the laws of 19 2 9, is
  • Offer Data in an API
  • THOMAS.loc.gov
  • Photo by wallyg - http://flic.kr/p/6zgmeD
  • Photo by mollyali - http://flic.kr/p/5Kc3fk
  • Photo by Troy Holden - http://flic.kr/p/7HEYi8
  • dc bikes iLive.atstumblesafely Park It DC
  • o by Thomas Hawk - http://flic.kr/p/3rrVd No data feeds for you
  • I makes memoney buildingapps off public data
  • Photo by Bistrosavage - http://flic.kr/p/bVHD
  • Gov 2.0 App Store
  • I FEELZ TRAPPD Photo by Mrs eNil - http://flic.kr/p/2ihKdd
  • Document what youaren’t going to share
  • Soliciting Community Feedback Where is my tax dollar going?
  • http://www.datagov.ideascale.com/
  • Photo by ohjasonj - http://flic.kr/p/5nWGH6
  • Photo by happyshooter - http://flic.kr/p/3A5nJn
  • You need to step back away from that data.Photo by Troy Holden - http://flic.kr/p/79HLb5
  • We’ll just do itourselves Photo by copetersen - http://www.flickr.com/photos/copetersen/
  • GIS Day Project Show GIS mapping in my hometown
  • City of Tempe – Sale of Engineering & GIS Records Oh you better believe this is a PDF
  • Lets do the math...$568.70 per 1/4 mile section x 4 = $2,274.80 per sq mile Tempe is about 40 sq miles $2,274.80 per sq mile x 40 = $90,992
  • Photo by Thomas Hawk - http://flic.kr/p/3rrVd You can’t have the utilities
  • Under the state public records law and cases construing the law, cities are permitted to weigh the competing interests of the publics right to receive records versus the countervailing concerns of privacy, confidentiality, and the best interests of the city. Under federal law, city utilities such as water and sewer lines are considered critical infrastructure, which means that cities may restrict access to such data for homeland security reasons. As such, we generally limit access to utility mapping except for very limited parcels or sections, and not for the entire city. Therefore, your request is denied in part; we will release the complete landbase, but not the utilities. City Attorney, Andrew ChingNot Andrew Ching
  • City Landbase!
  • Photo by NYCArthur - http://flic.kr/p/jeVCB
  • Photo by Sapphireblue - http://flic.kr/p/5bgELv
  • Pleasewait while we burn your DVD
  • Ancient MicroStation Format
  • Where is my metadata?
  • Layer Names 1 2 3 4 .... 121
  • Weird ProjectionPROJCS["NAD_1927_StatePlane_Arizona_Central_FIPS_0202",GEOGCS["GCS_North_American_1927",DATUM["D_North_American_1927",SPHEROID["Clarke_1866",6378206.4,294.9786982]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0.0],UNIT["Degree",0.0174532925199433]],PROJECTION["Transverse_Mercator"],PARAMETER["False_Easting",500000.0],PARAMETER["False_Northing",0.0],PARAMETER["Central_Meridian",-111.9166666666667],PARAMETER["Scale_Factor",0.9999],PARAMETER["Latitude_Of_Origin",31.0],UNIT["Foot_US",0.304800609601219 2]]
  • You may only use it for...
  • Sweet, sweetCAD goodness
  • Photo by Wing-Chi Poon - http://j.mp/cWWgwJ
  • Photo by accent on eclectic - http://flic.kr/p/6RUKwjCommunity!
  • Community mapping isn’tabout getting rich
  • Community Maps for Healthier Living
  • Thanks! James Fee jfee@weogeo.com @cageyjames spatiallyadjusted.com