Yesterday MappingDC did a mapping party in Hyattsville, MD. Good results. Was fun catching up with DC mappers, and meeting a bunch of folks from US Census (good job Steven Johnson!). Heard fascinating project fior informal settlement mapping undertaken by US Census in colonias, along the Mexico border, in Texas where there are no zoning laws, coordinating with researchers and activists … never imagined anything like this in the US.
I biked from there from the OpenGovHub. The Sanitation Hackathon was there this weekend, exceeded my expectations largely due to learning about the Peace Corps Innovation Program and seeing some energy in the hub. This problem on mapping medical facilities in OpenStreetMap provoked a lot of ideas I’ve had on tagging in Kerala responsible tourism sites, and this problem on organizing directories of local projects linked to lots of thoughts from the Kibera Organizational Directory. I pitched the problem to finish off integration of OSM into the open source Google Crisis Map (yes cooperation between OSM and Google). There was also someone looking to do some drone work in less visited parts of DC.
Here’s my mapping ride on Strava and the changeset. Would be cool to see more stats like what you have Strava in OSM.org. With a little analysis, you could see how much time spent recording waypoints, show other active and lead mappers in the area, etc.
The ride was interesting. Big roads seemed only viable, since bike path connectivity along the Anacostia is patchy from DC. I spun through the National Arboretum, and mapped a couple trees in the National Grove of State Trees. This stumpy Giant Sequoia was not exactly impressive, but I was inspired to think about mapping parties here come the spring, there is so much detail on particular special trees and collections of trees to map. Further on, past several cemeteries and one funeral procession (which made biking just a little more pleasant) I mapped a couple historic markers, one from the newly created Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. This trail covers a large area from the War of 1812, and mapping would be a pretty great means to experiencing it.
I don’t think I would have ever made it to Hyattsville if not for OpenStreetMap. As ever, it’s a perfect way to pay more attention and see the hidden world just around the corner.