Interactive maps and data visualization

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  • Sergio : facilitating
  • Willow : taking notes
  • Tyler
  • Janie
  • Ryan
  • Jordan

Wanting to actually contribute back to communities when in academia. Not about telling them something they already know, not about extracting information. Don't come in as experts, but as learners and teachers. Learn and teach what we can, leave with a research project which also produce solutions-oriented tools with the community. Action research. Design democracy, knowing decision makers, closing the gap between knowing about the data and the choices that are made. Accountability. Validating the knowledge that already exists in the community. Either push back on the data or refine the data through those stories. Do work with communities, not on communities.

Take data which is publicly available, make it more digestible through its format, then visualizing it with color etc to alert with what is going well or not. Make the data useful to the community. They can describe why data is changing the way it is. Setting up the community to be the experts about what they need.

UC Davis Center for Regional Change

  • Putting Youth on the Map : can learn about the datasets (raw data, limitations, etc), links to participatory mapping sites and related projects. All files are KML (a type of files for mapping)
  • Regional Opportunity Index
  • Civic Engagement Project
  • Environmental Justice

They also share their curriculum in how to teach youth about mapping and data visualization.

Putting Youth on the Map

Limitations of the data -- the state only collects binary gender, "Asian" versus new immigrants and established families, so we're also limited by the same. How do we become more granular while also respecting the privacy of the individuals? Data is searchable by how it's offered, but also better defined by what our users would want. Listening to what people are asking for, including being able to bound for handouts during advocacy needs.

Regional Opportunity Index

Comparing opportunity of people with opportunity of place. What sorts of opportunities are places providing for the people who live there (education, housing, mobility, health, civic life)? Can compare how opportunity looks for different places. Can show that the folk who live in a place don't have access to the rad resources available in their location. Can show what people need, to wave in the faces of politicians.

All maps

Legend to show folk what the colors mean, give some sign posting for the data visualization. Click for a different way to view the data (bar charts instead of colors on a map, for instance). Can breakdown by gender and ethnicity by clicking on justice scales. Can also examine just education. An astrix means that "we're not sure the data here is correct. Please use with caution." (IE, N<15, if <40% of a population responded, etc)

Pipes to some social media and print-outs so you can share it in a report or via social channels. Put a university "stamp" on the print outs to lend legitimacy for community partners.

Think it runs of ArcGIS. Also a lot of data parsing in the background.


How do we get people comfortable using something like this?

Working at our group at interacting with a bunch of other groups. Some groups care about where they're investing, want to be sure their community investment goes far.

List of surveys you're using? FDIC, USDA, public health...

_About the ROI_ covers that.

What would it take to transition to OSM instead of ESRI? It's kind of evil, and also impossible to update in a meaningful way.

The folk doing the work are keen to use OSM, exploring options. We're making the KLM files available.

What happens with the data when you get new data?

We don't want to be a data warehouse, but we do want to help communities tell their own story. We can't take your data, but you can use one of these other sites...

Extra links and resources