How the National Park Service Uses CartoDB
1 JUL 2015 | Nate Irwin
Nate gave a short talk on how the National Park Service uses CartoDB in its Places system on a DigitalGov seminar, Harness the Power of Location Data in Government with CartoDB.
Building Maps for Everyone: Experiences from the National Park Service
20 MAR 2015 | Mamata Akella
Mamata was invited as the Yi-Fu Lecture Series speaker at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NPMap's goal is simple: empower Park Service employees to tell stories through digital media that can be shared with visitors of National Parks – and make it easy. This talk will cover, through example, exactly what it means to build digital products that can be used by every visitor of a National Park and how NPMap’s toolset is enabling the Park Service to more easily do so.
Building Digital Maps for the National Park Service
10 OCT 2014 | Mamata Akella
Mamata presented the NPMap toolset at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
The NPMap team has built a flexible geospatial platform on top of a number of open source software projects, including PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Node.js, Mapbox, CartoDB, OpenStreetMap, Leaflet, Twitter Bootstrap, and Maki. This platform eliminates the technical hurdles that have traditionally been associated with building digital maps. This talk went into detail about the NPMap team's geospatial platform and how we are enabling Parks to build and maintain their own maps.
Park Tiles 2.0
8 OCT 2014 | Mamata Akella
Mamata presented on the updated version of Park Tiles during Practical Cartography Day at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.
Using Park Tiles as an example, she walked through our experience building a custom basemap with Mapbox Studio. In addition, she talked about creating a basemap that follows the graphic traditions of printed park maps while also supporting a wide variety of NPS-specific web mapping applications and overlays.
Park Tiles: Customizing OpenStreetMap Cartography and Infrastructure
13 APR 2014 | Mamata Akella and Jim McAndrew
In this presentation, we will give an update on the National Park Service base map, Park Tiles -- discussing the set of next generation tools we are using to build the map and how we are combining National Park Service data with OpenStreetMap data to create a custom cartographic product. We will also cover our Places project which uses OpenStreetMap as a web editing platform. The Places project uses custom versions of the OpenStreetMap API and the iD editor to allow for data interoperability and the use of OpenStreetMap tools.
Improving OSM Data in Our National Parks
9 JUN 2013 | Mamata Akella
The NPMap team is responsible for coordinating web mapping across the U.S. National Park Service. One of its primary responsibilities is creating customized basemaps and web applications for individual parks. To build these applications the team uses a variety of technology and data including OSM.
In this talk, Mamata will discuss the results of a pilot project with America’s most visited National Park - the Great Smoky Mountains - and efforts to improve park data in OSM and in turn the National Park Service’s own mapping products. With the National Park Services’ adoption of open source tools, data, and basemap services, it has a vested interest in contributing to and improving data in OSM.
Places of Interest
9 JUN 2013 | Nate Irwin
The NPMap team recently kicked off work on a system called Places of Interest. This system will provide a way for the OSM community to contribute spatial information (structures, campgrounds, trails, waterfalls, etc.) back to the NPS, and streamline the process of getting National Park Service data into OpenStreetMap. Data that’s collected through Places of Interest will be distributed to NPS personnel at parks, certified, and then exported back out to OpenStreetMap. This data will also be used by a variety of the Park Service’s internal and public-facing desktop, web, and mobile applications (including our basemap, Park Tiles).
If done right, Places of Interest will fundamentally change how the National Park Service does data. There are, however, a slew of hurdles to overcome - some technical, some social, and some institutional. This presentation will cover some of these hurdles and also go into detail about how the NPMap team is planning on implementing their ideas. In addition, it will cover why the National Park Service and other federal agencies cannot simply use raw OpenStreetMap data in its products.