Farm to Market

Aquifers Feed Community Development Beyond the Garden Healthy civic engagement is often based around an emergent collective influence, a momentum from the coalescence of many individuals’ activity. As developers of civic software this is a concept we think of often and try to embrace, especially within the context of a dense urban environment. Such environments Read more…

Does usefully open data have to mean XML?

I’ve been having some discussions with people at the Chicago Open Government group, talking about data openness. One common complaint all around is about data exported as PDFs. The particular topic we were discussing was TIFs. TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are something a city can use to try to improve a neighborhood, and fund the Read more…

NYC powers up CityMap2.0 using GeoServer

New York City recently launched CityMap2.0, an application "bursting with souped-up mapping features." The map offers plenty of helpful city data, from Federal Stimulus projects to service centers of all types. An article in Government Technology explains: "It’s one of our most heavily used applications. We got a lot of requests for enhancements," said Colin Read more…

MTA NYCT Bus in GTFS

Here at TOPP I’ve been working on ways to better present and manipulate New York City bus scheduling data. Google Transit has the MTA’s bus timing data so that they can do trip planning. But the MTA for some reason won’t let them release it. I filed a FOIL request with the MTA for that Read more…

Getting creative with our streets

Livable Streets Education’s recent street-painting event is drawing praise in Brooklyn. Reports the Brooklyn Downtown Star: "Paint the Pavement" was a collaborative initiative designed to liven up and designate the school zone outside P.S. 67, across the street from Whitman-Ingersoll, as well as teach students about the community-building power of public art. Dozens of volunteers Read more…

Where is where…

… OpenGeo will be next week!  On workshop day, Paul Ramsey will be presenting on Spatial Database Tips and Tricks, and Justin Deoliveira will be presenting on the OpenGeo suite of software.  Sophia Parafina and Mike Pumphrey will also be along for the schmooze, and helping with the workshops. Want to get in touch? We Read more…

DataIO

A few months ago, while a solution for the MTA budget shortfall was being debated by the New York State Senate,  The Open Planning Project helped parse MTA budget data into a machine searchable format. The MTA originally published the budget as a PDF. To extract the data I used a utility called pdftohtml to Read more…

Styler

OpenGeo is pleased to announce the first release of Styler (demo), which we believe is one of the best SLD editors out there. “SLD” stands for ‘Styled Layer Descriptor.’ It is an open standard of rules for rendering of maps. Think of it as CSS for maps: it controls the colors, line widths, strokes, labels, Read more…