Maps, GIS, GPS, and other wayfinding mechanisms are fundamental tools for improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. The NYCwiki Maps Project will create a variety of map resources for identifying places and aspects of life throughout the city's neighborhoods. Here we will initially present wayfinding systems that benefit neighborhood navigation, civic life, and economic development. Possible map content includes everything about the city that has a geographic component. As research identifies effective wayfinding mechanisms, examples and links will be presented.
There are several mapping systems that might be immediately available for use in the NYCwiki.org.
CityMap is the official map of the city of New York and provided by the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.
CUNY Mapping Services
CUNY Mapping Service is provided by the City University of New York's Graduate Center.
Greenmaps Green Map System and Opengreenmaps is taking our mission of inclusive participation in sustainable community development to the next level with the Open Green Map (OGM)..
OpenStreetMap - OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is a wiki-map made that allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
This would potentially be in coordination with NYC OpenStreetMap enthusiasts and local 'mapping party ' events.
Learn more about OpenStreetMap's governance and operation via its wiki.
Whichhood offers an interface that closely matches our needs/goals.
Wikimapia is similar to OpenStreet Maps. See this wikimapia viewof the New York region.
See the maps talk page for other ideas.
With the arrival of the .nyc TLD the opportunity will arise for giving a name to every "thing" in the city. For example, Connecting.nyc Inc., on its Internet of Things wiki page, has proposed reserving domain names for the following things.
- basketball courts
- bus routes
- bus stops
- fire alarm boxes
- fire hydrants
- fire trucks
- parking meters
- police cars
- street lights
- street signs
- traffic lights
- traffic signs
- utility holes
- utility poles
With the advent of smartphones and a thoughtfully developed Internet of Things, the near-future has geographic guidance provided by a variety of prompts, for example, arrows and audio messages. Location identifiers provide an alternative, and complementary, means of providing wayfinding assistance.