It's All About You (Hack Night) at Mapzen

We had a terrific turn out for last night’s Maptime-NYC: 18 mappers came out to either hack on their personal projects, help out others or just learn a new thing or two about mapping and geo. The space and atmosphere provided by Mapzen was absolutely terrific. Special thanks to Dan for prepping the room for us and to Harish and Randy for hanging out with us to assist other mappers.

There was a wide range of topics that people came to learn about or hack on including:

  • D3 JS
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Georeferencing and tiling historical maps
  • Geocoding with open-data
  • Leaflet JS
  • QGIS
  • CartoDB

A few notable projects had to do with proportionally mapping the area of Israeli settlements in Jerusalem to fictional settlements in the area of Washington D.C.; performing a suitability-analysis of potential areas for fracking in New York state based on locations of existing fracking wells in Pennsylvania; looking at library usage data by zipcode in San Antonio, Texas; and thematically mapping types of historical buildings in NYC using building data from NYC PLUTO data.

Take Aways For Next Time

It seems we had a good amount of questions on spatial analysis with QGIS. This is one area where our current organizers lack a lot of experience. If you have any interest in helping out in this area for a future Maptime-NYC meetup please contact us!


To see them all check out our Maptime-NYC Flickr group. Thanks Jeff for taking them!