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Thursday, May 23 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Developing recreation data so you can tell custom stories

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Washington Hometown has developed a statewide data set of recreation and culture with information (attribute and geometry) on over 16,000 recreation resources from national parks to pocket parks, trails, museums, boat launches and more. As we add more information and use the data for maps, apps and analysis, we are constantly faced with the challenge of making sure we are collecting the right information about each place to be able to meet diverse needs. Snowmobilers, hikers, campers, and wine-tourists are looking for different information and yet many places are relevant to more than one use. When we developed our classification scheme and decided what information to collect about each place, we modeled it on existing systems. But as we have acquired data from over 150 sources and used it to create numerous maps and apps tailored to different users, we have been forced to adjust what we collect about each place. We have had to consider our classification schemes: is a pocket park the same as a plaza? We have had to reconsider what information we collect: does road biking and mountain biking capture the full bike experience or do we need to include e-bikes, embikes and fat tire bikes. And we are constantly adjusting the information we deliver to give each user group what they need without overwhelming them. In this talk we will look at some of the challenges that we have faced in figuring out how to classify places, deciding what information to collect, and determining what information to use on each tailored map or app.

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Jennifer Hackett

Owner, Washington Hometown
Jennifer Hackett started her GIS consulting business, Manastash Mapping, in 2009 with the goal of helping people share information about their communities. She has an MS in Resource Management from Central Washington University where she has taught GIS. In her previous life, she spent... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:15pm AKDT
GTCC RM 317 Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402