Maps and Apps - GreenInfo Network

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On 9/12/13 we held our Fall Gathering entitled Maps & Apps, Tools & Tips. Learn more about the event here: http://openspacecouncil.org/blog/mapsappssept2013/ and #mapsapps13

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  • That’s a smiley face, btw. Judging by the attendance today, we’re all pretty excited about Maps and Apps! There’s a question mark here because we always want to question—Do we really want or need both maps and apps? Why do we want them??
  • To GET OUTDOORS! If you all are anything like me, you might really like technology, and love maps, but what really nourishes your soul is to be in nature. [I think of maps and apps in terms of the tagline used by Meetup.com: “Use the Internet to get off the Internet.”]
  • That being said, we also can use technology to get even more out of the outdoors. To learnPrepareDiscoverShare
  • At GreenInfo we’ve been making maps for about 17 years. Obviously we haven’t been making Apps that long. We're agnostic about the medium, as well as about which particular tools to use--we choose the appropriate medium for mapping based on our clients' needs.
  • In the talks before and after me we get to see in-depth presentations of a few of the very best apps; so I'm going to give you a quick tour of some of the other apps in this landscape, as well a few examples where our clients wanted to turn their maps into apps.
  • In the talks before and after me we get to see in-depth presentations of a few of the very best apps; so I'm going to give you a quick tour of some of the other apps in this landscape, as well a few examples where our clients wanted to turn their maps into apps.
  • iNaturalist is another locally-grown app that "lets you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world."
  • …you can see what plants and animals people have spotted on your own stomping grounds; keep a collection of your "life list" of observed species; and get in touch with like-minded nature lovers. Save the Redwoods League’s “Redwood Watch”
  • Strava is an app that lets you "Track your progress and challenge your friends." If you want to explore a new area and see what trails are popular, zoom in and see them light up in bright orange. You can have it keep track of the miles you've travelled, and--if you're into competition...
  • ...how fast you've completed them--relative to yourself, friends, and everyone else. I know some parks agencies sponsor a "Trails Challenge"--it's possible to track actual trail travel via allowing park-goers to engage in a Challenge on Strava.
  • [All of these apps use your phone's GPS or network location to facilitate navigation and hyper-local information.] Some also provide "Augmented Reality", using the phone's camera view to annotate what you see. In a year or two we'll be seeing more of this integrated into wearable tech like Google Glass.
  • OpenDataKit – Kivamicrolending
  • That being said, we also can use technology to get even more out of the outdoors. To learnPrepareDiscoverShare
  • Maps and Apps - GreenInfo Network

    1. 1. MAPS & APPS? John Kelly GreenInfo Network john@greeninfo.org
    2. 2. MAPS & APPS? John Kelly GreenInfo Network john@greeninfo.org GET OUTDOORS!
    3. 3. DON’T FORGET TO RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES www.greeninfo.org john@greeninfo.org

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