Looking for an introduction to OpenStreetMaps? Want to practice your mapping?
Join BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Fellows at Maria Hernandez Park to learn how we are Mapping for Equity this semester.
We recently piloted a semester-long OpenStreetMap project to identify the location of different public amenities—from public bathrooms to wheelchair-accessible play equipment and benches. We are collecting this data so New Yorkers can use it to create more equitable public spaces in their neighborhoods.
Our partners are the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance and the office of Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez District 34. Together we are building a comprehensive public space data playbook so that any community organization or individual can learn how to collect, verify, and analyze public realm data for their own uses.
Participants at this event will join BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Fellows in the field. You’ll shadow us as we map (on paper) the location and features of different public amenities.
If you’re already skilled in OpenStreetMap, you’re welcome to help us map! If you’re new to it, you’ll have a chance to join in on the action and learn with us!
Beyond the event, the information we collect in the field will be uploaded into OpenStreetMap, an open data platform for community data.
Prepare to walk, talk, and spot features to map Maria Hernandez Park.
Accessibility note: This event will involve moving at an easy to moderate pace at ground level over short distances. Maria Hernandez Park has an area of approximately 500 sqft. Please contact the organizer with any accessibility questions or concerns!