GIS Mapping
GIS mapping is a visual representation of facts and data around us - a tool that provides an opportunity to work with data to determine how things work and present a picture to others. GIS or Geographical Information Systems have been used for many years for research in universities and business. GIS mapping has often been linked with environmental concerns as well as business and politics. We often are shown data through media, election campaigns, lobbying, and other means to share a view for a cause. But it was only recently that GIS software has been affordable to use on desktop computers, thereby opening the possibilities to a larger audience. An audience that becomes users, not just recipients of data put before them. If we learn how to gather, sort, and manipulate data - from elementary school to adults - we will be more aware of changes and the potential changes around us. With advocacy, we can compile, sort, and look at the trends to support our causes for change as well as grants. In the case of elementary, middle and high school students, we use real tools to learn real things about our community. It is about high level thinking skills synthesizing language, math, science, visual arts, and our background knowledge. It is about using a tool to enhance our capacity in understanding and building a better community around us. A visual asset map that opens the eyes to trends and possibilities that stimulate change.

Mapping the Community

Sources for Data

GIS Software

Models in Action - From collecting data to GIS mapping including On-line examples of GIS Mapping in action


GIS Mapping - a visual look at what it is

Surveys in Our Communities

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updated 18 November 2007