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.


Please meet us promptly at 10:00 am at Nook Bk (coffee shop!). From there, we will head over to 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!

Join this conversation with NYC Parks data and technology leaders to learn about the agency’s Open Data and how the NYC Tree Map was built. City residents can use the interactive tree map to learn about the City’s urban forest.

As part of this session, you’ll hear how NYC Parks uses geospatial enterprise asset management systems and web and mobile applications to collect, update, manage, visualize, and analyze data on the City’s trees and tree work operations.

New York City agencies create and publish a huge volume of geospatial data each year. They use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – computer-based tools to store, visualize, and analyze this geographic data. This panel will review publicly-available tools and datasets, discuss the state of GIS technology in the city, and consider how the City uses geospatial data to serve NYC residents.

Join this conversation with agency GIS leaders about new maps & tools, geospatial data, and initiatives for 2023.

Lee Ilan, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation

Josh Friedman, NYC Emergency Management
Matthew Croswell, Department of City Planning
P’arry Drew, Department of Transportation

Only five out of New York City’s 150 monuments of historic figures honor women. But New York City is not alone – fewer than 8% of historic monuments across the country represent women. From monuments to street names to how we dedicate our public libraries, the underrepresentation of prominent women contributes to a gap in our cultural understanding of what women have been able to accomplish. Mapping the locations of these monuments and dedications though, has the power of helping us close both the gaps in the physical representation as well as our documentation of their lives.

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we will talk about how OpenStreetMap data can help us understand gaps in diverse historic representation in New York City, of women and other historically excluded groups.

At the end of this session, attendees will have had a hands-on experience contributing to OpenStreetMap for better representation on the map.

Is your government utilizing OpenStreetMap data in their workflows? How can crowdsourcing be leveraged to improve government geospatial data?

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is poised to serve this need as the world’s largest crowdsourced geospatial database. Two years ago, OpenStreetMap US formed a Government Working Group to seek out mutually beneficial relationships between the public and open data communities. As part of this effort, OSM community members and representatives from federal agencies have been investigating solutions for feature collection. This collaboration has led to the development of Public Domain Map, which connects OpenStreetMap and government datasets. Through the Public Domain Map workflow, OpenStreetMap and government open geospatial data becomes more complete, current and readily usable by government agencies and the millions of users relying on both datasets.

In this session, learn about the journey of Public Domain Map, how the project is bringing together US federal agencies and open source contributors to meet this goal, and how it could be used in NYC to collect data for the community AND the government.