Join the Counter Culture!
Make sense of the census at the TreesCount! Data Jam.
On Saturday, June 4th, NYC Parks will unveil NYC’s latest urban forest dataset, the most spatially accurate map of New York City’s street trees ever created. Join NYC Parks, TreesCount! partners, and tree care volunteers to learn about the urban forest and its impact on our daily lives.
We are looking to the City’s civic technology, data, and design community to help NYC Parks transform the data, gathered thus far, into actionable insights.
Bring your skills, questions, and creativity to help us build a more equitable urban forest.
Last year, NYC Parks launched the TreesCount! campaign to spark and sustain urban forest public engagement. To date, more than 2,300 New Yorkers have voluntreered helping complete the third inventory since 1995. The 2015 data is the first comprehensive map of our city’s street trees!
Did you know?
- The 2005 Street Tree Census discovered 93,660 more trees on city streets compared to the 1995 census - a total of 592,130 trees.
- The 2005 census data also yielded, for the first time, the economic value that trees provide NYC – approximately $122M annually in storm water retention, energy savings, air quality improvement, and increased property values.
- To date, 530,000 trees, representing approximately 80% of the City’s streets, have been mapped as part of the 2015 census. The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island have all been completed.
Data Jam goals and challenges:
As part of TreesCount! 2015, NYC Parks has engaged with our voluntreers, tree-oriented community groups, and non-profit partners to identify how street tree census data can help improve equitable care of our urban forest. NYC Parks, with the assistance of BetaNYC, has turned this feedback and NYC Park’s own questions into these Data Jam challenges.
You can find out more about our challenges on this blog post. Here are the over arching questions.
- How has NYC’s urban forest changed over time — comparing 1995, 2005, and 2015?
- How can we visualize Street Tree Census Data to improve our understanding of the urban forest and help educate New Yorkers?
- What relationships can be drawn between the Street Tree Census Data and other environmental and economic indicators in New York City?
- How can we use the Street Tree Census Data to more efficiently plan for the long term health and growth of the urban forest?
- How can we use Street Tree Census Data to better engage with and target the efforts of community stewardship volunteers to improve the health of the urban forest?
How you can help:
We need data scientists, statisticians, developers, designers, visualizers, cartographers, and quants to help us improve our understanding of and plan for the future our City’s urban forest!
Whether you are new to data jamming or an experienced pro, we need your expertise.
For a limited number of attendants, we are offering a six-hour long workshop. This will provide participants an introduction to NYC’s open data portal and a hands-on tutorial on the TreesCount! Census data. This workshop is recommended to first time hackers who seek a guided experience. (The workshop is currently at capacity.)
We have a limited amount of scholarship tickets for students, unemployed, or underemployed. You can apply for a scholarship ticket or volunteer to work the event via this form. IF selected, we will inform you two weeks prior to the event.
At the event, we will have professional sitters from Sitters Studio providing care for our youngest participants. We can accommodate, newborns, infants, toddlers, and up. Our venue will be a child friendly environment. If you are interested in bringing a child and have them jam with you, you can do that too.
Support for this event is provided by the Mayor's Office of Technology + Innovation, NYC Open Data, our host Civic Hall, Microsoft Civic, and CartoDB.
This data jam is part of a national day for civic action. For more information, check out National Day of Civic Hacking.