OpenTrails! Data Format: Course 1

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  • Wake County, NC
  • Catawba Land Trust, NC
  • Prince William County, VA
  • City of Sugar Land, TX
  • Cook County Forest Preserve, IL
  • City of Evanston, IL
  • Boulder County, CO
  • City of Boulder, CO
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (GGNPC), CA
  • Alaska DNR, AK
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Summit County, OH

Guest Speakers

  • Alan Williams

    Product Manager, OpenTrails! Liaison and 2013 CfA Fellow

    Alan is a product manager and 2013 Code for America Fellow. His work with park agencies in Northeast Ohio led to the development of the Open Trail System Specification (OpenTrails). He facilitated the public Request for Comment Period, and continues to help conservationists, technologists, and government staff collaborate on producing and using OpenTrails data.


  • Ryan Branciforte

    Co-founder CEO of Trailhead Labs

    Ryan has always had a passion for using technology to do good conservation work and get people outside. After starting his career with the National Park Service, he was fortunate to spend years at GreenInfo Network learning why good data is so important! Until late 2013, he led programs at the Bay Area Open Space Council where in 2008 he cofounded Transit & Trails. Most recently, Ryan cofounded Trailhead Labs where an amazing team is focused on building innovative technologies that connect people with the outdoors.


  • Jereme Monteau

    Co-founder and CTO of Trailhead Labs

    Trailhead Labs has played an integral role in the development of OpenTrails. Their geospatial content management system (CMS) OuterSpatial allows governments and trail stewards to create, convert and manage recreation information, making it available for use in apps and websites.



OpenTrails (The Open Trail System Specification) is an open data format developed in partnership between Code for America and a broad coalition of park agencies, outdoor software industry members, and non-profit leaders like the National Recreation and Parks Association. OpenTrails allows agencies to publish their data in a common format for use in shared websites and apps, and makes the data open and available for use by third party developers, and large consumers of data. We’ll talk about how Code for America and the National Recreation and Parks Association led the stakeholder process that supports OpenTrails, how data is currently being used, and upcoming opportunities to prepare and publish OpenTrails data in your own government.

This event is hosted by the Code for America Peer Network, CfA's community of innovators working in local government from over thirty cities and counties. Learn more about the Peer Network and how you can get involved here.