As I discussed in a post from back in April following the last meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Washington, DC, attending a large academic conference with family can present many challenges. I suggested at the time that a fun and useful project might be to create an open map of the host city in advance and have people with some local knowledge contribute to it, highlighting places and activities that would be good for children and parents, such as child-friendly restaurants, educational and entertainment options for spouses and children who don’t want to or can’t attend the conference sessions or who need time away from the bustle of 9000+ people in a hotel complex, parks and playgrounds that might otherwise go unnoticed, and so on. I have taken the initiative and created just such a map using Google Maps for the Denver 2020 AAG meeting set for next April. At least, I think Ive taken the initiative. If anyone else has already done exactly this or something like it, please let me know and perhaps we can combine talents. Spoiler alert – my talents in this regard are meager.
The link to the map is here, but for the moment I have made it non-editable, just so I can see if there’s anything amiss with how it’s set up on my end. If you know anything about Denver and want to add places to the map please send the details (place name and a short description) to aagmeetingforchildren @ gmail.com and I can add it to the map. In a week or two, once I see whether and how this is going to work, I can make the map fully editable for anyone with the link.
And don’t pretend you can’t get behind baby ducks as an accompanying image for this post. They’re so fluffy.
UPDATE: The map for the Denver AAG is now shareable and editable by anyone, so please, if you have any knowledge of things in Denver please add it to the map. Here are instructions if you’ve never done much with an editable google map before:
- In the search box, enter the name of the place you want to add to the map.
- A marker and description will appear with the option to “+Add to map” so click that to include it in the data layer. Probably easier to read and use if there aren’t a hundred layers, but if someone wants to add layers for, say, “Parks and playgrounds” or “Restaurants” or something similar and start sorting, be my guest.
- To edit the description, click on the little pencil icon at the bottom of the description box. You can also change the icon, color, name of the place, etc.
- Click “Save” to add the edited place and description to the map.
I imagine this will be mostly dormant until we get closer to the actual conference dates, but please share and add and edit in the meantime.