During our winter retreat we were in conversation with pixelHumain, friends from Encommuns, to consider adding american cities to their platform
communecter. This could help creating a versatile mapping environment, connecting social mappings with events and places, while keeping the Commons spirit and supporting Open Data in various formats.
Please find below an intermediary space to conclude our explorations about how to provide different approaches than uMap to your jam sessions.
Communecter uses cities as main narrative for entering the platform. One then gets to the different views from above, but right now not all cities of all countries in the world are loaded into the database.
Therefore we need a reliable list of cities within the administrative areas of the United States of America. We have several sources in
It seems not obvious how to retrieve such list with http://catalog.data.gov/dataset?q=Cities at first sight.
But thanks to an example query from @species and with borrowing ideas from Get city nodes within a country using Overpass API we get to
[out:json][timeout:250]; area[name="United States of America"];(node[place="city"](area););out; out body; >; out skel qt;
which should only be limited by its timeout now.
Anybody feels tempted to query OpenAddresses for that?
As Communecter uses the post code to identify one’s city of interest during sign up, beware of using them for ordering spatial data, says your local geohipster.