Open Geo Cleveland, Cleveland's informal user group that discusses all things mappy (especially OSM) and geospatial in the open world, held its 3rd meeting on Tuesday night with 15-20 passionate people in attendence.
Our theme was parks and it was really appropriate with the activity going on with NPMAP and OSM, and the use of open source GIS software and web mapping libraries being used by the Cleveland Metroparks, a parks system in Northeast Ohio, and the activity with Code for America, and the offshoot Code For Summit County, their activity to produce a mapping application for Summit County's Parks and Trails (prototype available here).
One of Cleveland's OSM editors, Ray H., oobleck, mostly maps trails and park amenities in OSM, shared his experiences and what's he learned. I also gave a quite demonstration of editing park amenities within OSM using iD as well.
Steve Mather gave a presentation on Cartodb 2.1. It has matured in recent months and lets you design your maps in CartoCSS, the same language that's used in Tilemill.
Persa Zula and Jeff Schuler spoke about the activity with Code For Summit County, a Code for America Brigade who is continuing their work from the National Day of Civic Hacking to building a mapping application for Summit County's Parks and Hiking Trails.
To our great surprise, we learned that Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), just 15 miles away from Cleveland and between Cleveland and Akron, was selected as an additional pilot park for Places of Interest, the collaboration between NPS and OSM for sharing data from National Park Service and integrating it into OpenStreetMap.
Anthony Gareau, a GIS Specialist at CVNP, in attendance, announced this to us and we discussed and brainstormed what we'd like to come of this and how we can collaborate with NPS and CVNP in the future.
Lastly, we also spent some time discussing the future of the group. We ended up not having enough time for hack projects but building on the momentum that's been developing over the couple months, we've decided to increase the frequency of our meeting times and tweaking our format. Previously, we've met bi-monthly and meetings have consisted of presentations and then some brief discussions.
In addition to the bi-monthly meetings featuring presentations, we starting up bi-weekly meetings in collaboration with Cleveland Civic Hacking. Each of these bi-weekly meetings will consist exclusively of 'civic hack night' where we spend time working on several projects, each with a project head (most geopatial and some general open civic data) that our participants have expressed interest in beginning or continuing to work on, including:
- Working with Anthony from CVNP and NPS to ensure map data is correct in OSM and facilitating the collaboration between NPS, CVNP, and OSM.
- developing the the Summit County Parks and Trails mapping application
- Importing Cleveland Metroparks data into OSM
Photos of our meetup can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/skorasaurus/sets/72157634888747188/ Afterwards, a few of us went to the usual pub following the meeting, aptly named, the Map Room.
Our next 'civic hack night' is on Wednesday, August 14th and details will be announced shortly.