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Civic Capacity and Stewardship Mapping Hack-a-thon – Kickoff Meeting

Mar 10 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Civic capacity and stewardship mapping hack-a-thon

This hack-a-thon will tackle a set of data visualization and data infrastructure problems related to questions of civic capacity and environmental stewardship in New York City. The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) dataset for NYC (https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/STEW-MAP/nyc/) surveys civic environmental stewardship groups to provide digital maps and organizational network diagrams that show where, with whom, and how groups are taking care of the local environment in NYC. 

You will be joined by the STEW-MAP team:

  • Michelle Johnson, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
  • Can Sucuoglu, Interim Director, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative, Pratt Institute
  • Erika Svendsen, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service
  • Lindsay Campbell, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service

Come join our efforts to advance our understanding of civic capacity and stewardship in NYC. Possible topics to advance in the hack-a-thon include the following:

  • Identifying new stewardship groups and updating group data in real-time 
  • Network visualizations and spatial mapping with other NYC Open Data sets
  • Textual analysis and visualization, with sentiment or topic analysis. 
  • Combining STEW-MAP with other NYC Open Data datasets to map civic capacity and climate change risks

We will start the virtual hack-a-thon at 7 pm on Thursday March 10 with a kickoff meeting to present these topics, point you to datasets and other resources, and discuss logistics. Work will continue in groups until Saturday afternoon at 4 pm, when participants will demo their hack-a-thon efforts to the STEW-MAP team.

If you have experience with GIS mapping, network analysis, R/python coding, cartography, databases, text analysis, or are just interested in the topic, please join us. All skillsets and experience levels are welcome!


Mar 10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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USDA Forest Service
Pratt Institute, Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative


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Workshop, Presentation