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MAPC

Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning

Innovation and technology development for data-driven decisions across our region.

The Digital Services Group at MAPC is the first in-house digital team housed within a regional planning agency in the nation. Our innovative team supports MAPC departments and municipal partners by designing and building digital tools to conduct more effective, efficient, and equitable planning and governance.

We take an open, equitable, and data-driven approach to everything we do, and focus on products that can have direct application in decision-making processes. Our human-centered design methods produce technology to make complex information understandable and accessible to a wide variety of audiences.

Open Source Contributions

Want to contribute to our open source projects? Visit our codebase here: github.com/mapc

We're Hiring!

Want to work on mission-driven projects with a brilliant team of programmers, designers and urban planning experts?

We're currently hiring summer interns. Apply here.

RECENT WORK:

GENERAL QUESTIONS?

For more information about MAPC's Digital Services work, contact Alicia Rouault, MAPC Digital Services Manager, at 617-933-0768 or arouault@mapc.org.

 

STATE OF EQUITY POLICY AGENDA

Learn about MAPC's draft policy agenda on equity topics in our region.

Visit equityagenda.mapc.org

In 2017, Digital Services collaborated with Government Affairs and an external advisory committee to develop the interactive State of Equity Policy Agenda.

Developed by Digital Services with the Government Affairs Division at MAPC.

STORMWATER OUTFALL CATCHMENT ARCGIS TOOLBOX

Calculate stormwater outfall catchment

github.com/MAPC/stormwater-toolkit

An ArcGIS toolbox for meeting a new mapping requirement for the EPA’s MS4 Stormwater Permit. The new MS4 stormwater permit will require municipalities to map the land area that contributes stormwater to each outfall. MAPC has created some tools to help. Download the toolkit and the user guide here

Developed by Analytical Services at MAPC. 

YOUTH JOBS PLATFORM

Connecting Boston's youth to summer jobs

Visit youthjobs.mapc.org

In 2015, a team of government data and technology experts from MAPC and the City of Bostonformed the Boston branch of the Civic Tech Data Collaborative (CTDC) to tackle the design of a more accessible youth employment system. The result is an open source Youth Jobs Platform that has already had measurable impact on Boston’s youth employment experience.

Developed by Digital Services with the City of Boston Division of Youth Employment and Engagement

LOCAL ENERGY ACTION DASHBOARD

How much energy does your community consume?

Visit lead.mapc.org

Explore and download energy, emissions, and cost estimates for your community's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors across Massachusetts.
 
Developed by Digital Services and the Clean Energy Department

FIX OUR PIPES REPORT

Explore an interactive report on natural gas leaks

Visit fixourpipes.org

Natural gas leaks requires better coordination between utility companies and municipalities during street construction.

Developed by Digital Services, the Clean Energy Department and advocacy organization, HEET

LOCAL ACCESS SCORE

Find the most useful possible connections between residents and local destinations

Visit localaccess.mapc.org

Communities across Massachusetts are looking for ways to make walking and biking a safer, healthier, and more convenient way to get around. MAPC’s Local Access Score site indicates how useful a particular street segment is for connecting residents with schools, shops, restaurants, parks, and transit stations.

KEEP COOL

Find locations for keeping cool in hot summer months across Massachusetts.

keepcool.mapc.org

Learn about climate change and the impact of heat-related events on residents.

Developed by Digital Services on behalf of the Metro Mayor's Coalition Task Force on Climate Change

MY SCHOOL COMMUTE SURVEY TOOL

Collect and measure school commute choices for MassDOT's Safe Routes to School Program

Visit the Safe Routes to School Survey Tool

MAPC developed a survey platform for measuring mode choice of families who travel to and from schools. The tool helps MassRIDES measure and evaluate the impact of Safe Routes to School interventions.

Developed by Digital Services and MassDOT

MASSBUILDS

Explore real estate development across the Commonwealth

Visit massbuilds.com

Developed by Digital Services and the Research Working Group with support from the Barr Foundation

TRAIL MAP

Explore a comprehensive network of foot trails and bike paths across Massachusetts.

Visit Trail Map

Developed by Digital Services, Susan Brunton, MAPC's Geodatabase Administrator, and the Transportation Department

KNOWPLACE (BETA)

A prototype tool for finding and downloading neighborhood data without an expert. 

Visit knowplace.us

Funded by the Knight Foundation Prototype Grant

T-STATION INFO

Explore in-depth transportation oriented development (TOD) data across Metro Boston

Visit T-Station.Info

HOUSING MA

Generate comprehensive housing data and automated reports for every Massachusetts municipality.

Visit housing.ma

For questions about MAPC's Digital work, contact Alicia Rouault.