The Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS) website provides the richest
source of community maps for New York City -- free and all in one place. It helps
nonprofits, community groups, educators, students, public agencies, and local businesses
develop a better understanding of their environment with interactive maps of open
spaces, property information, transportation networks, and more.
Your support can help keep this valuable resource freely accessible to the tens
of thousands of people who use it to make more than 1 million maps each year.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Funding support
OASIS relies on grants, sponsorships, and contributions to offset its operating
costs and to fund new projects. The Forest Service and others have already invested
more than $500,000 in OASIS. You can leverage that investment and help OASIS achieve
a sustainable level of funding by:
Join with a network of supporters to help sustain
OASIS. Here's more information on
how OASIS has been funded.
2. Data sharing
OASIS integrates data from
many sources. We add value to your data because website visitors can view
it in relation to parks, community gardens, subways and ferries, tax parcels, aerial
photos, and several dozen other "layers" of information about the city.
Most of OASIS's basic map features are provided by government agencies. But OASIS
also combines "official" data with mapped information collected by the community
-- such as local tree plantings, habitat sites, natural areas, and waterfront access
sites. This is what helps make OASIS uniquely valuable -- even more than other global
mapping sites -- because all this information is accessible in one place online.
Contact us to discuss what's
involved with adding your data to this growing network of shared data about the
city. Please read our
guidelines for website content (PDF). We may need to jointly raise funds
to cover the costs of adding it, or it may be easy enough to add directly.
Your involvement will help strengthen OASIS. Beyond the website, OASIS is a great
way to network with others involved in open space and community planning issues
in the New York region.
We invite you to participate by:
- attending Steering
Committee meetings -- we meet several times a year to decide the overall direction
for the project;
- join a subcommittee to work on specific areas such as
education, stewardship, and natural resources; and
- propose a partnership project.
Here are some examples of existing partnerships.