Author Archives: Patrick Florance

Tufts Data Rescue

From 1/20-1/23 Tufts University and the Open Geoportal Community conducted a sizeable U.S. federal data harvest. We surveyed Tufts faculty to identify those geospatial data most critical their teaching and research. We then conducted a curated harvest to back up potentially at-risk federal, environmental and social justice geospatial data and associated tabular data.  Currently we are at around 20 TB of data backed up on Tufts Research Data Storage Network.  This is an ongoing effort as we are continuing to harvest data daily. Please contact if you would like to participate or learn more.

Here is a summary of the Tufts OGP Data Rescue as of 3/1/2017

Other Data Rescue Efforts Around the Nation

Nationwide Data Rescue at Penn with Calendar of Events – Penn CKAN repository

End of Term project

Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI)

Climate mirror

Azimuth climate data backup project:
Run by John Baez

NYPL: Moving Historical Geodata to the Web, November 5th – 7th

The New York Public Library is hosting a a three-day meeting: Setting a Research and Development Agenda for Moving Historical Geodata to the Web, made possible through generous support from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  The meeting will provide the opportunity for key partners to shape the future of the field through collaborative planning and a shared agenda.  The meeting will run from Wednesday, November 5th to Friday, November 7, 2014.

NYC Open Geoportal Meeting – December 13th


NYC Open Geoportal Meeting
Friday, December 13th
Location: New York University (NYU)
Map of Meeting Location (PDF)

Interactive Map

Morning Sessions (8:30am-12:30pm)
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life – Room 914, 60 Washington Square S, New York

Afternoon Working Meeting (1:30-4:45pm)
NYU Bobst Library – Room 619, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY

Through the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NYU, we are happy to announce the first New York City Open Geoportal Meeting on Friday, December 13th hosted by New York University (NYU).  The goals of the meeting are to:

1. Build relationships between individuals and organizations interested in geospatial data management around the greater New York City area.
2. Introduce the Open Geoportal community, software application and underlying technology
3. Work towards setting up a NYC Open Geoportal environment.

In the morning we will introduce OGP functionality, underlying technology, metadata requirements, and future developments. We will also allow for selected participants to provide an optional five minute ignite talk introducing their interest in greater NYC geospatial data.

After the morning sessions, we will hold a smaller gathering of working meetings to discuss a NYC OGP task force, answer detailed technical questions, and determine key action items to develop a NYC OGP instance. The afternoon is designed for those with an interest in spatial data infrastructure (SDI).

Participant List (PDF)

Agenda (PDF)


Time Title Presenter
Morning Conference (8:30am-12:30pm)
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life – Room 914
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY
8:30-9:00 Food & Refreshments
9:00-9:30am Welcome & Introductions Scott Collard, NYU
9:30-10:00am Ignite Sessions 1
Alan Leidner, Booz Allen; NYS GIS Association
Matt Knutzen, New York Public Library
Himanshu Mistry, New York University
Nathan Storey, PediaCities
Selected Presenters
10:00-10:30am Overview of Open Geoportal Patrick Florance, Tufts
10:30-11:00am Overview OGP Information Architecture & Underlying Technology Chris Barnett, Tufts
Steve McDonald
11:00-11:30am Break with Refreshments
11:30-12:00pm OGP Current & Future Developments: OGP 2.0, Harvester, Metadata Toolkit, Hosted Services, OGP Crawler
Chris Barnett & Patrick Florance, Tufts, Steve McDonald
12:00-12:30 Ignite Sessions 2
Steve Romalewski, Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center
Frank Donnelly, Baruch College–CUNY
Holly Orr, New York University
Eric Glass, Columbia University
Selected Presenters
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
Afternoon Working Meetings (1:30-4:45pm)
NYU Bobst Library – Room 619
70 Washington Square S, New York, NY
1:30-2:15pm Greater NYC Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Participants discuss their SDI
Data holdings, IT infrastructure, staff, metadata, etc.
2:15-3:00pm Metadata Formats & Best Practices Intro: Marc McGee, Harvard
Participants discuss metadata authoring, workflow,  coordination
3:00-3:30pm Break
3:30-4:30pm Information Architecture (IA) & Governance Participants discuss IA & Governance needed to establish a greater NYC OGP Instance
4:30-4:45 Summary Patrick Florance, Tufts

General registration is now closed.

Participants include Columbia University, NYU, CUNY Graduate Center, Hunter-CUNY, Baruch-CUNY, New York Public Library, Tufts University, Harvard  University, and various local and federal government agencies among others.

Please contact

The idea of the NYC OGP originated during the National OGP Summit. The Open Geoportal is a collaboratively developed, open source, federated web application to rapidly discover, preview, and retrieve geospatial data from multiple repositories. It is also a community of best-practice around those interested in geospatial data management and spatial data infrastructure (SDI). It was developed by Tufts, Harvard, and MIT and currently has over 30 partner organizations.

Tufts Instance – just zoom in on the map to New York City, Boston, Afghanistan, etc. to see some relevant holdings

Open Geoportal Organization