NYCityMap version 3.0

We are in the midst of planning and developing the release of NYCityMap 3.0. The current version, launched in 2010, has had a good run but is showing its age and is in need of a refresh.

As we often try to gather feedback from our audience, this blog post is intended to lay out the basic objectives and to solicit feedback. Follow up posts will be more targeted towards extracting specific input through the use of polls and other online tools.

The basic objectives of the update project are:

  • Responsive design supporting mobile devices;
  • Simplify user interface/presentation of data;
  • Include appropriate existing functionality;
  • Ability to easily update and publish data (for us);
  • Provide a gateway to other mapping applications within NYC;
  • Move away from custom code and leverage a more complete open source solution.

Below are some preliminary screens using OpenLayers 3.0 with tiles generated from ArcGIS Server.

Feel free to comment on this post and send along your feedback on how you would like to see NYCityMap evolve.

Interface changes

The previously mentioned NYCityMap interface changes are now live. These changes reflect usability improvements and address feedback received. The result is the preservation of existing functionality while streamlining the user interface. The changes are:

Addition of an Advanced tool. Within this are the previous tools that existed over the base map.

Advanced Tool

Replacing the slider with Map Type tool. Many users were confused by the slider and the ability to toggle between a cartographic map (Map) and the numerous years of aerial photography. All of these base maps still exist but are are now within the Map Type tool. The base map selected is shown by a check next to the entry.

Map Type

2011: A Year in Maps

Visitors in 2011: 2,342,266

Hits in 2011: 26,548,886

Top 5 Webmap Application:

  1. NYCityMap (54.2%)
  2. OEM Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder (24.6%)
  3. Parks Maps (7.0%)
  4. Nycha Housing Developments (4.6%)
  5. 311 Service Request Map (2.1%)

Top 5 Operations:

  1. Search for a location
  2. Identify
  3. Zoom by Mouse Wheel
  4. Zoom to Level
  5. Get Info

Top 5 Layers:

  1. Subway
  2. Landmark Districts
  3. Landmarks
  4. School
  5. Parks

Top 5 Search Types:

  1. Address
  2. Feature (Community district, zip code, city council)
  3. Intersection
  4. Borough Block and Lot (BBL)
  5. Place of Interest

Top 10 Areas:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Marina Del Rey, California
  3. Chantilly, VA
  4. Hicksville, NY
  5. Toronto, Canada
  6. Brooklyn, NY
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Reston, VA
  10. Staten Island, NY
  11. Bronx, NY

New webmap applications: