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 TreeKIT.org (http://treekit.org/) 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 (http://publiclaboratory.org/home) and works with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's Grassroots Mapping (http://grassrootsmapping.org/category/gowanus-canal-conservancy/) 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 (http://www.openstreetmap.org/) contributor, the founder of the OpenStreetMap US (http://www.openstreetmap.us/) organization, as well as MappingDC and the OSM NYC Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/osm-nyc/). 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 P (http://publiclaboratory.org/home)ublic Laboratory (http://publiclaboratory.org/home) community in Philadelphia. Sean will be discussing Balloon Mapping (http://publiclaboratory.org/tool/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!