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Thursday, March 1, 2001 Matthew Arnn (212-264-8000 x. 3134; firstname.lastname@example.org) Public/Private Partnership
Launches First Citywide Open Space Mapping Website
Provides "Open Information for Open Spaces"
A partnership of more than 30 agencies, private companies, academic
institutions, and nonprofit organizations
today launched New York City's first interactive mapping website dedicated to
open space resources. The site -
www.oasisnyc.net - is intended to enhance the stewardship of open space for
the benefit of New York residents by
providing timely and accurate information about the "green infrastructure" of
The partnership of groups was facilitated by the USDA Forest Service in order
to develop the website, called
the "Open Accessible Space Information System," or OASIS. "OASIS is based on
the belief that a common, free, open
space inventory accessible to anyone on the Internet is invaluable to NYC's
greening and planning communities," said
Michael Rains, Deputy Chief of the USDA Forest Service.
The OASIS website enables local residents and others to identify and evaluate
open space resources in a
way that was never before possible, combining new computer mapping software,
large data sets, and local information
about trees, green space and other environmental resources. "By making OASIS
web specific, available in libraries,
schools, and tech centers," noted project manager Matt Arnn, "the site will
help facilitate the delivery of open space and
green infrastructure information to New York City's underserved communities
that need it the most." The site includes
new aerial photo-images of the entire five boroughs provided by the city's
Department of Information Technology and
Telecommunication (DOITT) through the City's NYC Basemap, as well as detailed
land use data for each tax parcel in
New York. "OASIS includes much more information than the City's Basemap (NYC
Map) in a way that extends its
functionality," noted Steven Romalewski, Director of NYPIRG's Community
Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP).
"OASIS makes the Basemap intelligent, not just an impressive graphic." With
OASIS, you can:
· create maps of open space by ZIP Code, Community Board, borough, and/or
· view high resolution aerial imagery to locate trees, recreation areas, and
buildings anywhere in the five
· identify potential open space sites such as vacant lots or properties with
· identify other natural resources and landmarks such as wetlands and wildlife
areas, or schools and other
· calculate statistics based on open space patterns by Community Board or
· zoom in and out and move across the map to see details based on where you
· undertake "what if" scenarios, such as, what would my neighborhood look like
if these vacant lots were
transformed into community gardens.
Early users of the website - from city officials to local residents - have
quickly realized the value and potential
of the site. "OASIS will be enormously helpful in elevating the importance of
green infrastructure to the livability of NYC
and all urban areas," said Henry J. Stern, New York's Parks and Recreation
Community groups plan to use OASIS to help identify and protect community
green space and other open
space sites in their neighborhoods. "OASIS puts the green city at our
fingertips," said author Tony Hiss. "What a
wonderful, useful, helpful addition to New York's ability to stay connected to
our landscapes and waterscapes that
sustain and inspire us."
The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYCEJA) and the Green Map
System have brought
together a cross-section of grassroots groups in the city to help plan and
develop the OASIS project. "New York's
environmental community wants to make sure that OASIS evolves as a valuable
education and outreach tool,
accessible and useful to New Yorkers of all backgrounds, ages, and means,"
said Hugh Hogan of NYCEJA.
Already the Council on the Environment for New York City has used OASIS to
improve their maps of gardens
in communities across the five boroughs. Local residents have used OASIS to
understand their neighborhoods better.
"The website was very easy to get around and very informative, said Raphael
Santiago Jr., a student intern at Open
Road. "I liked the fact that the site provided a variety of maps especially
the aerial photo views, I really enjoyed those."
Former USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, James R.
Lyons, planted the OASIS
seed in April of 2000. "New York was a starting point because of its richness
in diversity and opportunity for creative
partnerships," said Lyons. "We were hoping that the work here would inspire
other communities to bridge their open
space information gaps as well." The USDA Forest Service and Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have
dedicated money and staff time to get OASIS off the ground, and the Forest
Service has led the OASIS Steering Group
through concept design to development. Environmental Systems Research
Institute, Inc. (ESRI) has been a key
concept and technical leader, donating staff time and software. Several city
and state agencies including the City
Department of Parks Recreation, City Planning and the State Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) have
provided staff time and data in the form of the NYC Basemap and other crucial
data layers. NYPIRG's Community
Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP) has been the primary architect and builder
of the OASIS web site and applications,
collecting data sets and information, cleaning and weaving layers, and
developing the interactive website itself.
"Most important to OASIS are the not-for-profit partners that have given
their time, resources and data to
create a useful site," emphasized Wendy Brawer at GreenMap. "These groups
represent the user community and have
stepped up to grow and refine the OASIS vision. They continue to reinforce
the OASIS goal of providing an accessible
information system that helps enhance the stewardship of open space so these
areas are linked, diverse, and
sustainable for the benefit of NYC."
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