Welcome to your community's platform
Ginkgo is a map-based cloud platform that centralizes your data management tools and information sources to help you work with your team, engage your community and improve the neighborhood together.
We've developed these 4 sections of the platform to help you work with your data and serve your community.
Tables - Access all your records for each dataset in table format. Perform bulk actions, such as import, export, filter and delete records from your account.
Here are some of the Guides that can help you get started with Tables: Tables Guides
Map - Interact with all your records on a map. Maps are designed to be a primary resource for you, your team and your community. Use the Map section to add, update and delete records one at a time, or to visualize the geospatial relationships between all of your records, as well as data from third party sources.
Here are some of the Guides that can help you get started with the Map: Map Guides
Pages - Ginkgo automatically generates a unique webpage and QR Code for every single record in your community's account. Use Pages to access all your records as a list, as well as set up specific queries or filtered views of your records so that the information you need is always just one click away.
Here are some of the Guides that can help you get started with the Pages: Pages Guides
Member Portal - Your Member Portal is your community's online hub to access member-only content like directories, interactive maps and helpful documents, as well as user-friendly forms to manage their own information about business listings, events or contact info.
Here are some of the Guides that can help you get started with the Member Portal: Member Portal Guides
Your New Toolkit
Here's a short list of the tools that we think you'll find helpful while you get to know your community's Ginkgo account:
Ginkgo is built on today's best online mapping technology. Whether you need to geolocate your community's business directory to show the precise location of storefronts, or establish an accurate inventory of assets to keep track of public space conditions, Ginkgo is your community's platform and partner for accurate mapping services. For a complete overview of the datasets you can map in your Ginkgo account, check out the Database Overview here.
Ginkgo makes complex geospatial analysis easy for anyone to work with — No need to be a GIS expert. Whether you're looking for data and information about a special district, a single block, or a neighborhood-size area, the "Area" feature will help you filter out information on the map so you can focus on a specific area of interest. This geospatial analysis feature is tied to all of your datasets in Ginkgo, as well as a selection of useful third-party datasets and open datasets.
For example, here are some workflows that Areas will help you breeze through:
Look up your business records for a specific street corridor and export the email addresses and survey links for an email campaign.
Measure property level information for parcels of land that might form a special improvement district for your community, and test different assessment scenarios with property owners.
Analyze a group of public spaces to look at hotspots for specific issues within your community and help everyone identify where resources are needed most for placemaking initiatives, sustainability goals or general quality of life improvements.
We've given you a leg up on accessing data about your community by connecting Ginkgo to useful third-party open datasets. You can use you account to access these through the map in order to look up a range of datasets, such as property level information, land use policy details, demographic insight, and governmental administrative boundaries. Learn more about the Public Data Library here, and review a list of available Map Layers here.
Community Member Portals
Ginkgo also makes it easy to manage your relationships with community members and share information with your community in one central place.
When you're ready to invite the community members to your neighborhood's database, use your Ginkgo account to add interactive maps and a Community Member Portal to your organization's website(s). Learn more about embedded content and adding these features to your website here.
Example of what a community member sees when logged into the Member Portal on the Long Island City Partnership's website (www.licqns.com/member-portal)
We are building Ginkgo for the administrators and leaders of mixed-used downtowns and commercial neighborhoods who want to build a safe, equitable, and thriving community.
Use Ginkgo to track economic development, operations, and community engagement.
Create custom interactive maps and directories to share on your organization's website.
Centralize your team's operations around customizable dashboards that provide actionable insights and shortcuts to the datasets they each need to work with regularly.
This User Guide is provided to help you understand the features of the service. Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.