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Growing Your Urban Forest: Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader


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The "Growing Your Urban Forest: Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader" webinar was held on April 16, 2015. These slides provide an overview of that webinar.

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Growing Your Urban Forest: Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader

  1. 1. Growing the Urban Forest: Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader April 16, 2015
  2. 2. About Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager 215.701.7506 Karissa Justice OpenTreeMap Business Development 215.558.6184
  3. 3. Agenda • Intro to OpenTreeMap • Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader Tools – Tree Importer – Species Importer • Increasing Community Engagement through Existing Data • Future Updates to OpenTreeMap • Questions
  4. 4. A collaborative platform for crowdsourced tree inventory, ecosystem services calculations, urban forestry analysis, and community engagement
  5. 5. OpenTreeMap History • Urban Forest Map • USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Phase 1 • PhillyTreeMap, GreenprintMaps, Treezilla, and more • Released as open source project • USDA Phase 2 Grant • Launch of OpenTreeMap Cloud • Launch of TreeMapLA, yegTreeMap, and others
  6. 6. About Azavea • Founded in 2000 • 40+ people • Based in Philadelphia • B Corporation • Geospatial + web + mobile – Software development – Spatial analysis services – User experience
  7. 7. Partners and Funders
  8. 8. Key Features of OpenTreeMap • Map and explore tree data • Add and edit trees online • Track stewardship activities • Add photos and leave comments • View eco benefits calculated using i-Tree Streets • Mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices • Export data as csv • Customize data fields and other options • Upload existing inventories and update species list
  9. 9. Bulk Uploaders
  10. 10. Goals • Enable organizations to easily upload and display existing inventories • Expand the species list on a tree map to better fit the geography of the tree map • Encourage community members to update existing inventories • Explore how groups can collaborate with users and other organizations to fill in the gaps on their tree map
  11. 11. Uploading Trees and Species Lists • Separate uploaders for tree inventories and species lists • Available at all subscription levels • OpenTreeMap upload templates for easy data organization • Support ecosystem services calculations for new species • Support adding tree data to match your custom fields or update existing trees
  12. 12. Adding New Trees and Species
  13. 13. How does it work? • Format data to match the OpenTreeMap templates • Upload to your tree map via the bulk uploader management page • May want to focus on species first • View imported data and address any errors • Add data to your tree map!
  14. 14. Tree Uploader
  15. 15. What data to upload? • Only X, Y coordinates are required • Planting site vs. tree data • Strong encouragement to add species and diameter • Options for tree present, date planted, external ID number, tree height, and more
  16. 16. Trees and Custom Fields • Support for adding custom field data • Match the data in your existing inventory • Add custom fields as new columns in template document • Set up custom fields in your tree map first
  17. 17. Review and Add Data • Ready to Add – Data is organized and ready to go • Errors – Review and edit species, date, or other fields • Warnings – Trees may be too near an existing tree • Successfully Added – Woohoo!!!
  18. 18. Updating Existing Data • Warnings if tree located near or at the same point as another tree • Use the OpenTreeMap Plot ID to update existing planting sites • Supports regularly mass updating tree map data with info from a variety of sources
  19. 19. From 0 to 12,000 in 2 Months
  20. 20. Species Uploader
  21. 21. How did those species get there? • Tree map assigned to one or more i-Tree climate regions based on geographic location • Species list automatically added based on that climate region • Each species linked to an i-Tree code to calculate ecosystem benefits
  22. 22. What data to upload? • Only Genus and common name are required • Strong encouragement to add i-Tree Code • Options for species characteristics, URLs, and more • Species must be on master species list before users can add a tree with that species
  23. 23. i-Tree and Species • Must include an i-Tree code to calculate ecosystem benefits for new species • Code is based on climate zone and an i-Tree Streets Species Codes spreadsheet • Customize species based on knowledge of your climate region • Please, please, please review the documentation
  24. 24. Review and Add Data • Ready to Add – Data is organized and ready to go • Merge Required – Species already in the system and data needs to be merged • Errors – Review and edit fields • Successfully Added – Woohoo!!!
  25. 25. Updating Existing Data • Update existing species on your tree map • Keep some existing values and update others • Create a new species if necessary
  26. 26. A Master Custom Species List
  27. 27. Demo
  28. 28. Documentation • Templates and help guides available at • Help videos and explanatory posts available on the OpenTreeMap blog - • Email and phone support available at various subscription levels
  29. 29. Community Engagement
  30. 30. Why Bulk Upload Trees? • Make your tree map the central repository for data collected from a variety of surveys on and offline • Add data from different organizations, cities, partners, and more to grow your map • Capture information on tree planting events, adopt a tree programs, and more • Encourage citizen scientists to update your existing inventories • Identify the holes in your inventory and prioritize additional data collection
  31. 31. Why Update Species? • Adjust the default species to fit your climate region • Ensure that both common and unusual species are available for users to add as a tree’s species • Encourage citizen scientists to focus on identifying trees of a particular species • Create tree ID guides and other educational materials related to your species list • Support ecosystem benefit calculations for all species on your tree map
  32. 32. How Do I Get People Involved? • Tree mapping parties! • Upload data for other groups • Combine stewardship activities with data updates • Hold educational campaigns to fill in the gaps on the map Image from TreePeople Blog – volunteer-thank-you
  33. 33. Upcoming Features
  34. 34. Regular Updates • Social media sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus • Add trees to favorites • Green infrastructure tracking • Species export • New advanced search filters • Performance optimization
  35. 35. Future Features • Additional social media sharing • Custom fields on mobile apps • More advanced search filters • Custom cartography • Custom species characteristics
  36. 36. Summary • Adding existing inventories can encourage users to update information and fill in the gaps. • Expanding the species list can assist users in creating an inventory that more accurately reflects your urban forest. • There’s a fine line between too much and too little information. • The bulk uploaders enable you to customize OpenTreeMap to meet the needs of your organization.
  37. 37. Grow Your Urban Forest
  38. 38. Questions?
  39. 39. Contact Us Deborah Boyer OpenTreeMap Project Manager 215.701.7506 Karissa Justice OpenTreeMap Business Development 215.558.6184
  40. 40. Exploring Collaborative Tree Inventory with OpenTreeMap Growing the Urban Forest: Using the OpenTreeMap Bulk Uploader April 16, 2015