NYC School of Data

The New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), in collaboration with the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, will be launching the NYCyclist data editing web application this spring. The application will be a yearlong pilot that allows users to edit the geometry and attributes of the City's bike routes and building footprints spatial data. GeoDecisions Project Manager Caitlyn Meyer, assisted the client with the project implementation and supported our subcontractor, Boundless, who completed the application development.

To market the upcoming application launch, Caitlyn presented with DCP and Boundless at the NYC School of Data event held on March 4th in the Flat Iron district of Manhattan - The presentation provided insight into how the application was developed, some of the data work that went into it and how the City will use it to improve its official datasets. The goal of the presentation was to recruit users to collaborate with the City in maintaining these vital datasets during this yearlong pilot. Potential users will come from New York City's cyclist, GIS and developer communities, all of whom may have an interest in this kind of application.

The application will provide an opportunity to experiment with online and collaborative data editing using GeoGig, a spatial data versioning platform developed by Boundless. Users will log into a web map interface that will allow them to pan around New York City and view the City's latest data. 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 will display fields for editable attribute data.

Presentation attendees provided great feedback and ideas to support the pilot implementation.