Community mapping in action on Shareabouts Day

Thursday was Shareabouts Day* at OpenPlans. After a hotly contested call for proposals, the team hunkered down and built maps for five compelling community mapping projects.

The Shareabouts team at work

Meet the new members of the Shareabouts family:

Neighborhood improvements in Jackson Heights, Queens NY, with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Historic buildings in Louisville KY, with University of Louisville's Urban Design Studio and City Collaborative.

Social spaces in Cambridge MA, with Kendall Innovation.

Unsafe intersections in Brooklyn NY, with Make Lafayette Avenue Safer.

Biking to transit in Philadelphia PA, with The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with SEPTANJ TransitPATCO, and DVRPC.

We'll be featuring each map here on the blog over the next few days.

Shareabouts is our awesome crowdsourcing tool for public input and data gathering. Find out more and explore demos at

Thanks to everyone who sent us applications for Shareabouts Day. We got lots of interesting proposals to choose from, and had to make some tough decisions. We can't wait to see the new maps in action.

Map away!

* Shareabouts Day dates to a Viking-era ritual whereby seafaring explorers would, 28 days after their return from a long voyage, create copies of their atlases and allow members of their communities to plot a line guessing where the explorers travelled. Christian interpretations of the feast were outlawed by the Church in the mid-1600's in coincidence with Galileo's theory of the round earth.

(History of Shareabouts Day was researched and assembled by Anthony)