Sample Maps


Muir Woods > Saulsalito

Muir Woods offers the most stark contrast to its neighboring peninsula to the southeast, San Francisco, polarizing in its dense urbanity, only hinted to by Saulsalito and Mill Valley.

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Munising Falls

After an 8 hour drive from the lower peninsula and set up camp, its nice to be able to stretch your legs and good preparation for the adventures to come.


Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Overnight camping in rustic sites on the canyon floor, fly fishing for dinner and the parks service has 3 bear bag ropes set up.

Geospatial Viz Showroom

Food Desert Map

The Living Building Challenge Chicago Design Inspired by Data

In the 2013 Design Competition sponsored by the Living Building Challenge : Chicago organization, contestants were asked to surmise and plan for a site that would draw on the needs of the local community to create a facility that would unify the citizens and encourage sustainable development. Using data to first assess the site led to the clear conclusion that the area was prime for placement of grocery and restaurants: populations of residents (grocery) and staff (restaurant) for large facilities (hospital and university). A preliminary assessment can be found at the project design website – Center For Permaculture and APropriate Technology of grocers (Table 1) in a one mile Euclidean radius shows a majority are wholesale providers (28) and a handful of retail grocers selling produce (7). The half mile radius shows a drastic reduction in all store types, further iterating the site is at the heart of a food desert. If you don’t have a design site to follow the methodology of this example, consider taking on the challenge of starting a statewide Farmer’s Market Accessibility Map and Impact Assessment. What is the demographic profile from comparing Colorado 2014 Farmer’s Markets to Census Blocks and applying a 1 mile walking radius buffer, 10 mile biking radius buffer and 30 mile driving radius buffer? 



Sea Level Rise in SF and Books on Bikes Map

Forecast modeling of climate change model of 200′ sea level rise in San Francisco would create a dramatically different geography for the city. In this visualization, the remaining exposed land area is named for the  “The impact of coast erosion due to the surprisingly rapid disintegration of the East Antarctic ice cap is now reflected in the NCCS (Northern California Coast Survey) topographic map of the San Francisco Archipelago. It shows the 200 foot sea level rise compared to the 2012 sea level datum.” This Burrito Justice blog also features a map to create an interactive experience of biking the city to visit places featured in or notoriously frequented by famous authors through time.

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 I Quant New York

Illustrating that sense of a place can be described by its components. As the sum is greater than its parts, it could also be said that understanding individual parts of their own accord is a good exercise for having a better understanding of how exactly the sum is characterized. NPR recently showcased I Quant NY – a blog dedicated to showcasing the findings of Data Scientist Ben Wellington as he wrangles and munges his way through NYC’s open data catalog. The most interesting stories are often discovered in the least likely of datasets. Data Science challenges people to think about the multiple facets of everything. Data Science to the Rescue. Perhaps the most exciting part of opening up data is discovering what solutions to common problems can be discovered through making good use of the data. For many entrepreneurs, this is commonly identified as “finding the pain points” – what would people pay money to not have to do anymore? The most obvious place to start looking for pain points is in the areas where the blood of Democracy is thundering through societal veins: new industries and new policies. New Industry Example: What possible linkage our use for Economic Development could come from utilizing Department of Motor Vehicle data – isn’t that just types of cars and locations of owners? Sure, of course it is, but it is also locations and records of alternative fuel vehicles and fleet vehicles for governments, organizations and private entities. Certainly the diversification of the energy market is tied to the Economic Development of a region that supports it. The specific needs of this burgeoning industry include an app that shows the location of all alternative fueling charging stations, preferred parking spots and other amenities designed to encourage diversification of the nation’s energy portfolio. Enjoy a few headlines from I Quant NY:

Colorado Railroads and Tourism

 Potential for Tourism Development

It is expected that certain basic information will be included with data on railroad lines, including whether or not the rail line has been abandoned. The “hidden” aspect of interest in this scenario, is that abandoned rail lines can promote tourism and economic development through conversion to bike and pedestrian trail. The color coding below also identifies rail lines with Amtrak service, in addition to a selected number of lines designated by CDOT as “Tourism Tracks.” Select a line and look at the passenger code – V = VIA Line, A = Amtrak Line, C = Commuter Line, T = Tourist Line, R = Rail line now used for rapid transit, X = previous passenger route/line, Y = undesignated service. Lines coded in Green are potential for recreation/trail, lines coded in blue are tourist lines, and lines coded in red are Amtrak, commuter or rapid transit lines. Consider combining this dataset with the data provided by RTD – and check out the RTD Developer resources page while you’re at it! The Rails to Trails program is a national effort to maintain and preserve old rail lines while simultaneously increaseng the mileage of greenways and interconnected trail systems -across states and across the nation. This photo below is from the cross country ski segment of the ?? trail between Aspen and Vail.

PLUTO and Parcels

Could you do this with CO Data?

PLUTO is the New York City’s Extensive Land Use and Geographic Data at the Tax Lot Level in comma–separated values (CSV) file format. The PLUTO files contain more than seventy fields derived from data maintained by city agencies. That’s right. It’s the city’s parcel layer – open, free and crazy interesting. With a Data Dictionary that is off the hook, to boot! Take a trip through the dataset in the way that only Carto DB could do it best – Andrew Hill’s interactive tour of the dataset is both entertaining and informative”857,879 tax lots across New York City…And many beautiful errors. cartodb_pluto_tour

Colorado’s new Statewide Parcel Layer is in its first phase of conception. co statewide parcels_first 19_600   The 2014 edition includes only 19 of 64 counties, but still covers the area of 45% of state residents (2010 population of 19 counties = 2259300, 45% of 5052196 total state population). Who’s up for the challenge of creating a Colorado Statewide Parcels Tour?

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