Tag Archive: GIS

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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Youth Using GIS and GPS Technologies to Improve Communities


Developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (CSREES) program maintains the 4-H Youth Technology Team , which “fosters the  learning of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning satellite systems (GPS),” which teaches youth  to use technology in order to improve their communities–”community mapping” projects developed …

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Mapping Community Health


Wellbeing Toronto is an interactive web-based visualization tool that records and measures community wellbeing utilizing geographic information software and technology. This particular site is dedicated to measuring the neighborhood quality of Toronto’s 140 neighborhoods ranging in an area of “community health” categories. As the website states, ” Wellbeing Toronto (WT) was developed to meet the …

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Sustainable Maryland


By helping the 157 municipalities in Maryland adopt sustainable initiatives related to water, energy, land use, health, food, and the economy, VERTICES, LLC, working with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland (EFC) and with the support of the Maryland Municipal League, launched the Sustainable Maryland Certified website.  This is a dynamic web-based …

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Brooklyn Public ART–Student Project


Utilizing the Center for Community Mapping online interactive Mappler tool, a student in Dr. Im’s GIS in Planning and Public Health class created a public art map of art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn along Bedford Avenue. Each data point has been qualified with further information on the name of the each piece, the category of art …

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Community Mapping in the Bahamas

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Students from North Andros High School walked away with the winning presentation during the Bahamas National Geographic Information System Center (BNGISC) G.I.S. Day 2010. The topic of their presentation was “Exploring Our World and Our Environment with GIS”. Through the utilization of GIS technology. these students were able to map historical landmarks in their community, …

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