Who: Folks in the Bay Area and beyond.
What: Help us design a public-friendly map of groundwater in California - for Californians.
When: Event: August 1, 2013 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Where: Stamen Offices 2017 Mission Street, San Francisco.
RSVP: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @chachasikes to RSVP.
Twitters: #cawater, #groundwater #datenight @maptimesf @stamen @CAWaterAtlas
What we are doing
Join us at @MapTimeSF at @stamen.
The California Department of Water Resources has 515 PDFs that give valuable descriptions and 'metadata' about the various groundwater basins across the state.
We converted these PDFs to text files, and want to get them into tabular data format (well, CSV, comma-separated, data).
The files are all in this git repository on Github.
This summer we are doing the "Summer of Groundwater." We are working to make groundwater more understandable for Californians.
We are looking for volunteer user researchers to help make this project really valuable and easy-to-use for all Californians.
Why is matters
This is especially important because important regulations are in the process of going into place because our groundwater aquifers are being depleted in an unsustainable manner (because we are in a drought, among other reasons.)
Join the New California Water Atlas to make groundwater data open and understandable. We will have a number of hack events this summer where we will explore the possibilities of communicating such data, and test approaches to broaden how this data is made available. See dates below:
- August 1st 6:30pm at Stamen's offices in San Francisco
This is a first in a series of posts that chronicle our experiences discovering, compiling, and making groundwater data understandable in California.
A myriad of agencies at the local, state, and federal level collect data on groundwater quality and quantity. As expected, data formats vary and methods for retrieving data vary similarly. One agency often leads to another, and there is a high volume of what appear to be redundant data sets. (we will verify redundancy where we find it and update this post).
A summer-long open mapping project. June - August 2013. Bay Area and Beyond.
What is groundwater & why does it matter?
After it rains, after fields are watered, water descends into the ground. It is estimated that the ground is capable of holding 800 million acre feet of water, which is four times the amount of rain that falls each year (though not all of the rain makes it into the ground.) We are using this groundwater for watering fields, supplying extra water for homes, cities and industry.