Sunday, 8 September 2019

Local community engagement, Part 4

Part 1 introduced this project to engage local residents in villages north of Cambridge UK. Part 2 elaborated on some resources available and communication via Story Maps. Part 3 looked at three more resources, introduced an open call and closed with an Elevator Pitch.

Let's look now at community engagement's key differentiator:
Search for local info your way, not the search engines'

While they provide a real service to all of us, search engines in particular and the internet in general have become a Faustian deal well written up elsewhere - in a nutshell, share your information in exchange for the web using theirs to help you find something new - and nowhere was it more evident in the mapping world, where for example Strava inadvertently created a monumental faux-pas. Search bias also shows it cuts both ways:
A biased view of the Internet is exactly what search users are seeking. By performing a search, the user is seeking what that search engine perceives as the "best" result to their query. Enforced search neutrality would, essentially, remove this bias.

While net neutrality is debated elsewhere, community engagement seeks it from a localized perspective:
  • use open data
  • process it transparently
  • publish it on an open platform
  • seek user input through public forums
  • using publicly available processes

And the stakes have never been higher: no matter your views on climate change / breakdown / emergency, something must be done to mitigate the increasing pollution and extreme weather that is already affecting low-lying tropical areas, hurricane-prone geographies or the Arctic ice sheets. These issues are very well written up elsewhere, but this blog-post describes my take on the latter subject.

Our community engagement plan will echo Dr. Philip Bubb (pers. comm.):
How about a deliberative planning of necessary and desired ecosystem functioning of our environment? 

And there is a lot of help already:
  1. GIS helps you "see what others can't" by putting data and tools at your disposal



  2. We also use Story Maps to weave maps and narrative into a compelling medium


  3. Click here for Story Map

  4. Finally we plan to reach out to communities to ensure a positive feedback loop


Monday, 19 August 2019

Local community engagement, Part 3

[Update: please see the follow-up post expand on our aim in community engagement.]

Part 1 introduced the project to engage local residents in villages north of Cambridge UK. Part 2 elaborated on some resources available and communication via Story Maps. Let's look at three more resources, Three I's of County Planning,  Top Ten tips for Policy Mapping and Smart Cities are decades away but open cities are within reach, then introduce OpenActive's open call, and close with an Elevator Pitch coming from all this.


Saturday, 13 July 2019

Community, climate and maps (updated)

[Update1: Northwest Passage: Maps and words adds more illustrations and better maps
Update2: see also this video Arctic Sea Ice Summer based on improved maps above
Update 3: further story map Fire & Ice - Arctic past and future climes focused onshore]

You know you're onto something when your activities converge like so:
  • ever since geologising in the Arctic 30 yrs ago, about the time of initial finds of Franklin lost expedition by Owen Beattie
  • finding out while up there that there was a cat&mouse game between Americans and Canadians over the Northwest Passage
  • recently mapping historic tall ships climate data, as a complement to more recent & land based data, now that it's absolutely critical we better understand climate dynamics
  • using a sea-level rise map resulting from polar ice melts to raise awareness of the climate emergency at a recent Extinction Rebellion event in my hometown

Friday, 31 May 2019

Local Community Engagement, Part 2

[Update: please see the follow-up post as we build a story introducing the community.]

After introducing this social enterprise, let's look at some progress: We joined the Esri(UK) Non Profit, Ordnance Survey Data Hub and Open Street Map programs, all designed to help communities'  open data initiatives key to the next economy.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Local community engagement, Part 1

[Update: please see the follow-up post as we build a story introducing the community.]

This follows my transition introduced last September and last month. I first used Esri  web mapping tools to help me canvass for EU elections in my local community five years ago. I then found local community engagement - online in my old Texan hometown of Houston - 18 months ago with Hurricane Harvey. I presented social aspects  afforded GIS at Esri European Petroleum GIS  conference in London that fall.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Welcome to new friends

[Update: read here my  new occupation following this]

A fond farewell to two old friends explained my transition to open source platforms. As announced in LinkedIn You can get Andrew out of the geo... (... but you can't get the geo out of Andrew) "Terry Jackson pulled me back in to the publishing business as a data wrangler". What does that mean?

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dynamic maps - finis

My last post on dynamic maps and its preceding project recap five years ago outlined how I used ¼M point free-to-use dataset on global historic shipping and climate data. This is the original video of ships'  locations produced a decade ago on Esri ArcMap:

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Challenger Expedition DIY Web Map

The last two blogposts showed how to create correct polar maps in ArcGIS and QGIS: here from publicly posted class notes blogged, and here to create simple climate & vegetation maps in ArcGIS Online (AGOL) from Esri Living Atlas data.

Let's look at now creating complete maps in AGOL from publicly available data, and analyzing it over time to see their historic significance. This results in this web map of the HMS Challenger 1873-1876 Expedition:

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Arctic wrap-up as a story-map

Following my previous posts on geo-awareness and transitioning platforms, I repost here this story map that wraps together the story for the Arctic region on Esri platform. You will find at its end a link to the course that cover both poles on Esri and QGIS as complete exercises in polar mapping.
You may wish to zoom in to polar views one or two steps for a better view: it's an artifact of the largest data-set used in the web map app. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

GIS education & awareness

[Update: another way to make it all more accessible, is to wrap-up the Arctic data as a story-map.]

There is a patent need to better explain all things geospatial to us as geo professionals as well as to the public addressed here.