Project SP16h: Managing urban food resources in OpenStreetMap

Project SP16h: Managing urban food resources in OpenStreetMap

Researcher: Sterling Quinn

Position type: GIS, community outreach

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Application URL:

Position description

The Philly Fresh Food Map ( is an example of how urban food resources can be maintained using an open digital mapping platform that anyone can edit. This map is powered by OpenStreetMap, an open-source map similar in function to Wikipedia, wherein anyone can make changes. I am looking for a research assistant to help (1) check and maintain the data in the Philly Fresh Food Map to keep it current, (2) study ways to raise awareness of the map in the community and help the map reach a larger more consistent audience, and (3) investigate ways that food resources are being maintained by other cities and community groups within OpenStreetMap.

Desired qualifications

Prerequisite Geog 160, with Geog 363 preferred. The following traits are also desired, but not required:

  • Interest in urban or agricultural issues
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia metro area
  • Experience with OpenStreetMap

 Must have excellent communication skills and proven record of participating in community service or outreach projects. Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.

To apply

Prospective candidates should complete the application form at by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Follow all instructions.