Eric Rodenbeck

by Eric Rodenbeck

Maps.stamen.com, the second installment of the City Tracking project funded by the Knight News Challenge, is live. These unique cartographic styles and tiles, based on data from Open Street Map, are available for the entire world, downloadable for use under a under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, and free. takes deep breath There are [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

There are three basic parts to working with online representations of urban civic data in Dotspotting: collating the data, manipulating it, and then sharing and publishing it. Up until now, we’ve been focused on the first two, which makes sense. Obviously you need to be able to gather and work with the data before you [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

One of the central tenets of the Knight News Challenge grant for Citytracking was that the work would happen in public, and that we’d make the work public as we go. Citytracking presents digital data about cities that journalists and the public can easily grasp and use, and provides tools to let them distribute their [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

Dotspotting.org is officially live, at long last! The project, which aims to make tools to help people gather data about cities and make that data more legible, has been in a partially completed stage for a few months now, and I’ve blogged about it before. We’ve got a few new things to announce as well: [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

In some ways you could say that the Dotspotting project started with San Francisco’s sewage and drain system. A few years ago I started noticing some strange dot markings on the curbs of city sidewalks, directly above the storm drains like the one you see on the left But on closer inspection, it turned out [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

Since my last post, we’ve been busily working on extending the functionality of Dotspotting, the first project in our larger Citytracking project aimed at helping people tell stories about cities. It’s still, as my colleague Aaron puts it, very much in a “super alpha-beta-disco-ball” state — which mainly just means we don’t want anyone to [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

Dotspotting is the first project Stamen is releasing as part of Citytracking, a project funded by the Knight News Challenge. We’re making tools to help people gather data about cities and make that data more legible. Our hope is to do this in a way that’s simple enough for regular people to get involved, but [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

Citytracking, one of this year’s Knight News Challenge winners, will present digital data about cities that journalists and the public can easily grasp and use, and provide tools to let them distribute their own conclusions. We will build a series of tools to map and visualize data that is truly Internet-native and useful. The project [...] more »