How to measure a tree
Yesterday I went to a DataKind datadive as part of the Strata big data conference. As you might remember, I was a data ambassador a few weeks ago when we looked at pruning data, and they decided to take another look at this with better and cleaner data yesterday.
One of the people I met there was Mark Headd, the data czar/king/sultan of Philadelphia (actually, he called himself something like the “data guy” but I couldn’t resist embellishing his title on the spot). He blogs at civic.io, which is a pretty sweet url.
Mark showed me a nice app called Philly Tree Map, which is an open-source app gives information like the location, species, size, and environmental impact of each tree in Philly; it also allows users to update information or add new trees, which is fun and makes it more interactive.
They’re also using it in San Diego, and I don’t see why they can’t use it in New York as well, since I believe Parks has the tree census data.
I always love it when people get really into something (as described in my coffee douche post here), so I wanted to share with you guys the absolute tree-douchiest video ever filmed, namely the hilarious cult classic “How to Measure a Tree“, available on the FAQ page of the Philly tree map: