Mapping in the Field: On Site and In-Person

Normally on the second Monday of the month, but this time we gather on TUESDAY to discuss mapping projects that leverage citizens engagement. We'll start at 7pm with drinks and hellos, with presentation starting promptly at 7:30pm. And now...for our lineup:

Philip Silva is a Ph.D. student in Natural Resources at Cornell University. His work focuses on informal adult learning and participatory action research in social-ecological systems. Phil will be presenting the street science of trees with an initiative to measure, map, and collaboratively manage urban forests.  Phil will highlight how GeoNYC can map trees leading up to the official NYC Park 2015 tree census.

Eymund Diegel is a member of Public Laboratory and works with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Grassroots Mapping program. Trained as an urban planner with a focus on watershed and environmental planning, he has been using high resolution aerials captured by kites and balloons to reconstruct the Gowanus Canal's Watershed's historic stream network. Eymund will be talking about how mapped visible "grassroots" plant patterns were used to successfully locate a buried urban stream and a whole pile of dead people.

Serge Wroclawski is a long time OpenStreetMap contributor, the founder of the OpenStreetMap US organization, as well as MappingDC and the OSM NYC Meetup. Serge will discuss how OpenStreetMap has become increasingly important to the GIS world, and how you can use and contribute to this work.

Sean McGinnis is an IT Specialist at the New Jersey Office of GIS and contributor to the Public Laboratory community in Philadelphia. Sean will be discussing Balloon Mapping and other in-the-field mapping techniques being used in New Jersey and the Philly region.

We'll also do a run through of the latest and greatest in the geo news as well as announce upcoming opportunities.  If you have anything you'd like to add to the news or announcement please don't hesitate to contact us.  And you can always keep track of the conversation on twitter at #geonyc!

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  • Sean M.

    That was a lot of fun last night. Thank you for the opportunity to present and share some of the work we have been doing down in Philly. It was great to FINALLY get to meet a bunch of people that I have only spoken to via email and twitter.

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • alyssa w.

      thank you sean!! i'm so happy to head that lucy is OK. ;) and please come again!!

      May 15, 2013

  • alyssa w.

    the enthusiasm was contagious and a welcome reminder that maps are a social activity, full of wonder, stories and discovery. thank you all!

    May 15, 2013

  • Ed R.

    Terrific mapping projects presented. Balloon mapping has got to be the coolest thing since GPS. Can't wait to try it.

    May 15, 2013

    • Liz

      Hey Ed, check out the local event list for Public Lab NYC:­! Also balloon mapping has a dedicated list called "grassroots mapping" -- find it and all other Public Lab lists here:­ and let me know if you have any questions. -Liz

      May 15, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Awesome group of talented and knowledgeable people coming together to discuss interesting and important issues.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • chris j.

    When was the decision to change the meeting made?

    I don't remember the change being mentioned at the last meetup or receiving an email as to about the same.

    I hope this is a one time change


    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Andrew W. H.

      Hey Chris, I understand the frustration. However, I think we posted the date with this 2 or 3 weeks ago... Next time we will work to make it a more outward announcement.

      May 13, 2013

    • alyssa w.

      Thanks Chris for the kind words! And +1 to Andrew -- promise to be more clear about any changes to the regular schedule. Best,

      May 13, 2013

  • Georgia B.

    Apologies Chris. I made the updates to the location and day a few weeks ago, hoping that it would generate the notification to members. I should've also sent an email in case people had missed it.

    In the future we'll be sure to over message rather than under!

    May 13, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Hi all, I have been trying to attend this meetup for a year! I can't make it to this one either, but next month is looking good!

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Nicholas F.

    Sadly, I'm at the Code For Philly meetup that night. Next time for sure though!

    1 · May 2, 2013

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