Another exciting outcome of the event was the creation of an interactive map to monitor logging and clearcutting throughout California. Javier Muniz, CTO of Granicus was the lead developer on this initiative. He used Timber Harvest Plans public land survey data to create a map visualization of where harvests are taking place. The next step is to turn this into a heat map based on the concentration of projects in specific areas and potentially to even map impacts on surrounding wildlife. This app was developed in support of Forests Forever’s mission to protect California’s wildlife and forests.
The open data movement is starting to pick-up momentum across the country; we’re hoping more states propose legislation to mandate open standards for government data. Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) is supporting this initiative by drafting legislation that requires government data be published in an open format to ensure developers can retrieve what they need to create innovative, useful apps for citizens.
All in all, we hope to support more of these events in the future to continue making progress on these apps and creating awareness around the power of government disclosing data that’s machine readable. Granicus also continues to be committed to managing data in open formats and publishing it in a user-friendly way to promote broader engagement and involvement from the community.
For more information about the results of this event check out Adriel Hampton’s recap: CityCampSF Outcomes.
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