Chat with OpenPlans at at Pro Walk Pro Bike in Pittsburgh this week – Frank will be holding down the OpenPlans table in the exhibit hall, so stop by to chat about using OpenPlans and Shareabouts for effective community engagement, and open source tech tools for planning.
Come to one of these sessions for a deeper dive:
Wednesday, 10am – Expanding the Toolbox: Using Online Tools to Support Placemaking. Hear about building an engaged constituency in support of streetscape projects, by keeping communities informed throughout public input through to implementation. In Room 304.
Wednesday 1:15pm – Shareabouts: Using Online Crowdsourcing Maps. In Room 305. Come to the peer problem solving session, for a conversation about using online maps to tap into community wisdom and get people engaged. Shareabouts maps can be used for data collection about existing conditions and community desires. Frank will chat through examples where Shareabouts works well, and how to get the most out of a map.
You’ve got plans (plural) and co-workers (plural). OpenPlans now helps you with both: create multiple plans and collaborate on them with others in your team!
You’ll see your new profile page right after signing in. Please let us know how these new features are working for you. We know this has been a common request from OpenPlans users, so we are excited for you to start using it.
Save a thousand words (or more)… OpenPlans now supports images in your plans
Since launching our refreshed editor interface for OpenPlans pages, we’re turning to some major improvements for larger organizations. If you’re using OpenPlans with others or in a city, these changes are for you. Stay tuned.
We’ve just launched some changes to streamline the creation and editing of projects.
You’ll see the changes as soon as you log in to your OpenPlans.org account. We hope you’ll find the new layout easier to navigate.
We’ve added some much-requested features: you can now preview your page at any time. You can also add multiple text sections. Your embedded Shareabouts map can be at the top of the page, above or below your timeline – it’s your call.
The conference season is starting up again after the summer hiatus, and Team OpenPlans will be hitting the road throughout September. Come see us at one of the following gatherings –
We’re looking for an experienced operations manager. Are you someone who cares about tech for community engagement, and the great work of our siblings at Streetsblog and Street Films? Check out the job here.
Chicago DOT recently launched a new bike parking requests website, using Shareabouts. It’s a neat project, and bike parking requests are flooding in. Beyond being a neat example of responsive government, the project is also a great case study for how we work at OpenPlans. Here’s why: Shareabouts is an open source software project. That Read more…
We’re seeing some great project websites being created on OpenPlans.org. To help you create better pages, we’re sharing tips and tricks here on our blog. Drop us a line anytime with questions, or head over to our community pages to share ideas and projects with other OpenPlans users. In Part 1, I talked about shaping your project description - Read more…
Adding a link to an OpenPlans page is super easy. Just select the word you want to make into a link, then use the pop-up styling menu to paste in the link. Like this:
You can use the same menu to style your text with bold and italic, and to add bulleted and numbered lists.