For over ten years, OpenPlans has been an amazing incubator of people, ideas and projects. Maintaining our deeply-held belief in better cities thanks to technology and participation, we’ve built impactful, well-crafted software – with occasional organizational refreshes along the way. And now it’s time for another. Hold onto your hats! Recently we’ve focused on the challenges of public involvement Read more…
For anyone who wants to set up their own self-hosted Shareabouts map, life gets easier today with our new Deploy to Heroku button. Click the button, and have a standalone Shareabouts map set up for you on Heroku, our preferred hosting choice. This single button click is much easier than running the deploy commands. Once Read more…
Mjumbe will be talking about MOTU’s phillybikeshare.com, which used our bike share template to collect thousands of surveys about potential locations. People could also have their say via text message, thanks to our project partner Textizen.
Map Measure Manage
How city government uses place-based data for decision making & civic engagement
New in OpenPlans today: explore your collaborative map with our fresh map + table combination. Knowing what people say is important, knowing where they are saying it is even better.
With a new template, we’re helping collect feedback about favorable and unfavorable biking conditions.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is doing a feasibility study for a new bike trail in northeastern Illinois. The study will identify potential routes, and after analysis recommend the appropriate type of bicycle facility. Check out the project at foxrivertrailconnections.org.
To inform the study, cyclists can use an OpenPlans map to provide four types of input – favorite destinations, desirable and undesirable bike routes, and difficult crossings. Our new bike trail plan template also includes questions about home municipality and other demographic info, to help the planners know who is engaging. As input comes in, the project team can explore all shared locations and comments via their dashboard. And like all OpenPlans maps, the site works great on desktop or mobile.
Hot on the heels of our new dashboard, we’re introducing a new table view. Find table view on your Plans page, via the Dashboard link.
Everything contributed on your map is here, making it easy to see what people are adding. You can see places and comments, in a searchable, sortable view. Want to moderate a comment or submitted place? Uncheck the visibility box to hide it. For more intensive data work, click to download your data for offline analysis.
With the Shareabouts platform – an open source tool for collecting ideas from the public on an intuitive, user-friendly map – residents in New York City and Long Beach have the opportunity to propose PB project ideas online. — the Participatory Budgeting Project covers our community budgeting work in Long Beach and NYC.
With recent improvements to OpenPlans, we’ve made it easy to get a Shareabouts map up and running in minutes. Literally — check out this video to see how quickly you can get a street safety map.
When you use OpenPlans for a collaborative map, we make sure you know how many people are engaging and what they’re saying. Staying on top of your community input is very important, so we’re rolling out new features to keep you informed. From today, just look at your dashboard.
On Monday, Philly’s bike share program collected the 10,000th response to proposed bike share locations. With an OpenPlans map and text messaging from Textizen, thousands of residents were empowered to give feedback online and on the street, with all input ending up in one rich data set for planners to work with. The Philly bike Read more…