MaptimePGH and the National Day of Civic Hacking on June 6

It’s been a while!

After our first session in February, we took a step back to see how we might better schedule with and support Open PGH, the local Code For America brigade. To that end, we are happy to announce that our next session will be integrated with OpenPGH’s hosting of the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDOCH).

MaptimePGH @ NDOCH Event Details

  • What: MaptimePGH at the National Day of Civic Hacking
  • When: June 6, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (with the Maptime working session in the morning, beginning shortly after 10 AM)
  • Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Homewood Branch: 7101 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA (40.455256, -79.899224
  • Contact: @MaptimePGH,
  • Thanks: Special thanks to OpenPGH for helping organize this event!

In the morning, we will:

  • walk through a short introduction to digital mapping
  • show you how to create spatial data
  • work through a few short example mapping exercises using a few different tools

In the afternoon, you’ll use these skills and resources to work with real data on real challenges.

New to Maptime? New to mapping? Fear not! Maptime is geared for beginners, and the session will be interactive so that you have plenty of opportunities to learn!

MaptimePGH Feburary Recap

We had a great first MaptimePGH session on February 19 at the Carnegie Museum. The slides from that session are available here. We also got out and promoted the group at the Civic Tech Fair the coincided with Steel City Codefest February 22.

Join us: Saturday, Jun 06 2015

February Session


  • What: MaptimePGH February Session
  • When: February 19 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Where: Carnegie Museum, Ford-Mateer Classroom
  • Contact: @MaptimePGH,
  • Thanks: Special thanks to OpenPGH for helping organize this event!

The event will be held in the Ford-Mateer classroom at the Carnegie Museum in Oakland, which can be accessed through the portal entrance at the rear of the museum (40.443060, -79.949607). You can reach the portal entrance through the parking area behind the museum from the intersection of Forbes and Craig or you can walk from Schenley Drive by the right side of the Carnegie Libary to the parking area in rear. Take a left before you reach the courtyard. After you pass through the portal entrance, the Ford-Mateer Classroom is the first classroom on the left after you pass through the glass double doors.


Our interactive session will go over the basics of digital mapping within the context of using and editing Open Street Map (OSM)*. We will cover:

  • geographic data types
  • coordinate systems and projections
  • geocoding, querying, and analysis concepts
  • online and desktop tools available for handling geographic information

The goal is to provide a general overview of some core concepts, tools, and resources available to enable everyone to get started working independently with digitial maps, geographic data, and Open Street Map. The session will be interactive and informal, with lots of time to ask questions and digress!

If you have a chance prior to this meet-up, please create a free account for Open Street Map @ - we will be using the online OSM editor “iD” for most of the session.

Remember, no prior experience is required and Maptime is always interactive, so don’t forget to bring your laptop or tablet!

*Please note: we’ve changed the agenda for the session slightly since we originally posted. We will be using only online web tools (though we will likely use Mapbox Studio and QGIS in future sessions).

Hope to see you there!

Join us: Thursday, Feb 19 2015

Hello Pittsburgh!

Maptime Pittsburgh is official!

We will be kicking-off with our first session in February 2015. The date and location are yet to be finalized - stay tuned.

In our first session, we plan to provide a broad overview of the world of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS). No prior experience is required! We will cover the basics and provide a few demos. Our goal for the first session is for folks to walk away with basic knowledge, some tools, and some learning resources to support their own pursuits.

More details to come once a time and place is set!

Posted Jan 22 2015 by gassc