Crowdsourcing the NYC Bike Map

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The NYC Department of City Planning is pleased to announce the launch of the NYCyclist data editing web application as of July 11, 2017. The application is a yearlong pilot that allows users to edit the geometry and attributes of the City’s bike routes and building footprints spatial data. If you’ve decided to read this post, you are invited to participate in this exciting pilot program.

Here is the url for the application: Just click on the link, set up your account and start editing!

We are recruiting cyclists, GIS users and developers, all of whom may have an interest in this kind of application.

A brief discussion on what this is all about:
The NYCyclist application will provide an opportunity to experiment with online, collaborative data editing using GeoGig, an open source tool to handle distributed versioning of spatial data. Under DCP’s direction, Boundless, one of the original and lead contributors to the GeoGig platform, completed development of the NYCyclist application with management support from GeoDecisions.

Users will log in to a webmap interface that will allow them to pan around New York City and view the City’s latest data for building footprints and bike routes. They will be able to click on buildings and bike routes geometries to highlight features they are interested in editing. Once highlighted, users will be able to move, reshape or change the size of a feature; see a list of all previous edits and users associated with those edits; and use an editing window that displays fields for editable attribute data.

This project is an effort to further open the New York City government’s data resources to citizens. While the two datasets that the application crowdsources are now publicly available, they are maintained solely by the City, limiting their scope and transparency. This yearlong pilot will experiment with crowdsourcing data edits for the city’s official data sets. The agencies that maintain the data will review edits made by citizens with the goal of improving the data and releasing more accurate datasets.

Thank you for your participation!

Conor Clarke
NYC Department of City Planning