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The Importance of Citizen Participation in Mapping

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As technology and access to data continues to improve and expand, the potential of developing community mapping projects throughout the world to garner data and resources will become a vital for urban development and revitalization efforts. In the article, “Empowering Citizen Cartographers,” Caroline Anstey clearly outlines the potential and importance of utilizing citizen cartographers to …

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A Year in Review: GIS Use on College Campuses 2011

In 2011 the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) developed a survey to measure the use of GIS on college campuses. According to the Directions Magazine article “GIS Adoption and Use on College Campuses: An End-of-the Year-Review and Look Ahead to 2012,” UCGIS was specifically interested in understanding, “how GIS is being used to foster …

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Non-Profit UK Based Open Source Mapping Powered by Volunteers Taking on GoogleMaps

Steve Coast is the founder and chair of OpenStreetMap, a UK-based non-profit that specializes in “free and open” map data.  Coast’s plan was to pioneer the first free licensing maps, however GoogleMaps had beat them to it.  Despite this, their maps are exceptionally accurate because of their backing by Microsoft and MapQuest, and even Google at an …

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Mapping India: Open Source Community Mapping


A recent graduate from the National Institute of Design in information and interface design, Arun Ganesh is working to to map India using open source mapping tools. As he states, “Sadly, in India, we still don’t have free and accessible maps. Neither the government nor the city provides us with them, so we have had …

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Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign


First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities initiative aims to fight the childhood obesity epidemic by encouraging children to stay active and learn healthful habits. Elements of the Let’s Move campaign include empowering parents to set foundations for healthful lives, carving out time during and after school for physical activity and providing access …

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri SRTS Grant


Cape Girardeau, Missouri has received a grant from the National Safe Routes to School fund to improve local sidewalks and make traveling to school easier for children. They will use the $176,449.40 they have been awarded to create new sidewalks and add signs and lights around popular walking routes. As many of the public schools …

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FeetFirst Offers SRTS Educational Programs


Feet First is a non-profit dedicated to improving walkability standards throughout Washington State. They offer tutorials and educational seminars on topics such as “Develop a Social Marketing Plan” and “Drop-off and Pick-up Zone Improvement Consultation”. They also provide maps of walking routes surrounding schools! Visit their website here! Jerilyn Krakower VERTICES Intern Center for Community …

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Chicago DOT Provides SRTS Resource


The Chicago Department of Transportation has developed an online resource to facilitate Safe Routes to School programs.  The Chicago Safe Routes to School Toolbox provides coordinators with ideas and guidelines for organizing and promoting events both within and outside the Chicago area. The Toolbox includes valuable educational, encouragement, and enforcement tips, as well as contact information …

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Community Sidewalk Audit


On Saturday, September 10, 2011 the Franklin High School student group SOCIO (Scholars, Organizing Culturally Innovative Opportunities) went out into their community to document the conditions of sidewalks and crosswalks in Somerset, New Jersey around the Pine Grove Elementary School.  Working with Dr. Wansoo Im and student volunteers from the Edward J. Bloustein School of …

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IMSOCIO Community Mapping Event


A walkability and cleanliness data-collection and mapping event will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Pine Grove Manor Elementary School. This initiative was organized by IMSOCIO, VERTICES, LLC., and the Spanish Club of Franklin Township High School in an effort to assess and document the safety and pollution levels …

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