The New California Water Atlas will provide Californians with dynamic maps and data visualizations that make water understandable.
The New California Water Atlas will be comprised of individual interactive maps and dynamic infographics.
A subset of initial interactives we propose to build
- Water Rights – searchable map of all water rights holders in California (finished)
- Groundwater – very simple maps of California aquifers; build capacity to add more data visualization (Summer 2013)
- California Water Sensor Network – show coverage of existing sensor network, remote sensing, as well as citizen science monitoring efforts (Next)
- Water Pricing – the price of water varies greatly from region to region (proposed)
- Water Quality – tracks eutrophication, salinity, and other pollutants (proposed)
- Water Governance – a network graph of agencies that manage water (proposed)
- Flood Control Map – status reports on aging levees, bypasses, and floodplains (proposed)
This list is subject to change. See all proposed projects
Future Project areas
Code for America Water Brigade
We are beginning to think of how we could create a brigade of interested citizens who could help with water issues in California.
Open Data & Open Tools
In addition to the interactive presentations, our data and the tools we use to create our Atlas will be available to adopt in other states and for other forms of natural resource management.
More base layers and vector tiles of water
We will work in ways that make it easier for storytellers, journalists and public educators to visualize and tell data-driven stories about water in California.
For each project we will develop an API that supports viewing the data, accessing the data through API calls, and bulk data downloads (as recommended by open data advocates).
As we work, we will describe the data schemas we are using so that others may opt to adopt them as necessary.
When we encounter complex or poorly documented datasets, we will make them easier to understand by documenting what we learn.
We will provide a style guide for others to develop additional interactives. Our style guide will be derived from feedback from experienced designers, user-testing, and iterative design exercises.
Interactive Development Guide
We will document lessons learned from our process of creating an interactive for state-level use. This report will debrief and review our experiences in: data acquisition and cleanup; developer community engagement; stakeholder outreach; government collaborations at the state-level; reaching out to agencies and marketing; and anything else we learn along the way.
Our code is open source and available on Github
Where necessary, we will develop a data hub to host and serve our data.
Where necessary, for more advanced geospatial queries of large data sets, we will have a shared higher capacity server, which can do more sophisticated processing.
How we will work with government information
We will improve state agency data sets, build an extensible API, and establish a repeatable model adoptable by other states and other managers of natural resources. We will convert data from state, federal and regional agencies to machine-ready formats, and act as open data advocates for natural resource management.
The Atlas will offer state agencies a scalable, standards-compliant infrastructure to host such data, while also serving the public by providing a concise and relevant tool that advances their role as stakeholder. It will incorporate smooth functioning, beautiful interfaces, a strong style guide, and expert-informed copy to produce a user-friendly, robust data platform.
The initial audience includes are engaged citizens, journalists, conservation nonprofits, resource managers, institutional ratepayers/ water rights holders, and government agencies.