Design for America
The Utiles project has received significant interest from members
of the UT Austin
chapter of Design for America
Design for America (DFA) is an award-winning nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams
and community members using design to create local and social impact.
DFA students learn how to apply human-centered design to local and social challenges as innovators
through extra-curricular, university-based, student-led design studios.
DFA currently tackles national challenges in Education, Health, Economy, and the Environment.
has some coverage of streets and pathways on the UT Austin campus,
but much of the detailed information is incorrect or missing.
We are discussing various ways to collect data,
including crowdsourcing of GPS
log data and (balloon-based) aerial photography.
Low-budget aerial photography is an appealing approach.
Going out on a snow-free Fall or Winter day (to minimize tree cover),
one or two volunteers could capture a nice set of images.
We could then assemble these using MapKnitter
So, how about balloon mapping
or even kite mapping
Alternatively, it may be possible to gain access to existing aerial images,
taken by NASA, private individuals, etc.
If we could interest a large number of students in recording their peregrinations,
we could very quickly assemble a large collection of "ant trails" for the campus.
Adding in "waypoints" (annotated locations) from especially helpful contributors,
we could assemble a very complete map.
It's possible that some members of DFA (e.g., architecture and urban planning students)
may be interested in editing the OSM data.
DFA has "studios" in a number of locales,
a few of which are located relatively near Amanda or me.
So, I expect to contact them Real Soon Now (:-).
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