MomsRising: Creating a US Report Card of Family & Workplace
MomsRising is a citizen advocacy and online organizing group that focuses on issues of motherhood and family nationwide, with a particular focus on legislation that supports children, families, and mothers’ paid and unpaid labor. The goal of this project is to create data and maps that help MomsRising members analyze and disseminate information about national trends in such legislation and policy structures. Your team will build a database (state level, for entire US) of relevant information about presence or absence of state laws and policies that supporting mothers and protecting them from discrimination based on their parental status, and use this database to create one or more simple models that create a composite measurement of how ‘friendly’ or ‘unfriendly’ each state is with respect to these issues. Your model will likely also involve some relevant census data on population, household, and employment characteristics. You will create a series of maps that show state-by-state conditions on each of your individual data attributes; and maps that show the final state scores on the ‘report card’ that is generated from your model(s).
Ballard District Council: Urban Development Trends in Ballard
The Ballard District Council has been studying development trends in their neighborhood, particularly the conversion of single family homes into higher density land uses. The goal of this project is to create a spatial database from their existing record of new construction projects, gather additional data on prior land uses at these sites, and then develop maps and analysis that explore and demonstrate changes in land use, density, housing types, and other characteristics of urban development.
NW Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project: Developing a
In 2003-2004, Profs. Michael Brown (UW) and Larry Knopp (Univ of Minnesota – Duluth) worked with the Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project to develop a historical map of significant sites in the history of Seattle’s gay and lesbian communities. The map is used for education, fundraising, and community development. This project will update existing data, create new spatial data for the map, and adapt the existing map so that it is viewable online and can incorporate multimedia data such as digital photos, sketches, web links, or sound files.
Audubon Washington (project 1): Climate Change &
Washington’s Important Bird Areas
Audubon Washington, the state office of the National Audubon Society, is one of the leading conservation organizations in Washington State. The organization’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” This project will involve analyzing how environmental changes from climate change may alter key bird habitat areas in the Pacific Northwest.
Audubon Washington (project 2): Migration Connections &
Washington’s Important Bird Areas
Audubon Washington, the state office of the National Audubon Society, is one of the leading conservation organizations in Washington State. The organization’s mission is “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.” This project will involve using GIS to identify Important Bird Areas (IBAs) from Central America to the Arctic that are linked to Washington IBAs as part of migration flyways. Identifying and mapping IBAs along the migration, wintering, and breeding ranges of Washington bird species will help Audubon Washington develop a more complete picture of the state’s role Western Hemispheric bird conservation.
Lettuce Link (Solid Ground): Mapping and Data for the Community
Fruit Tree Harvest Project
Solid Ground is a social justice, advocacy, and service organization that operates a wide range of food, housing, transportation, and seniors programs. The Community Fruit Tree Harvest is one of several projects that connects low-income families in Seattle with fresh, nutritious and organic produce, seeds, and gardening information and builds awareness about food security and sustainable food production. The Community Fruit Tree Harvest maintains an Excel spreadsheet of residential and public sector fruit trees in the City of Seattle. It contains data about the trees (location, type, when ripe, etc.) and the owners of the trees. From 10 -20 new trees are added to the spreadsheet each month. The goal of this project is to create a spatial database from these data that can be used to produce maps of Seattle fruit tress, and that can be used through Solid Ground’s website.
Working Wheels Program (Solid Ground): Community Outreach and
Service Area Analysis
Solid Ground is a social justice, advocacy, and service organization that operates a wide range of food, housing, transportation, and seniors programs. Working Wheels is a Solid Ground program that sells good quality used cars to low-income workers in King County in order to help them maintain employment and build their way out of poverty. This project will involve building a spatial database and carrying out analysis to identify existing services areas for Working Wheels as well as under-served areas of need. The project will also develop a generalized protocol for carrying out other similar service area and need assessments, to be used by Solid Ground and other Geog 463 partners in the future.
Health Improvement and Promotion Alliance: Analyzing Indicators
of Health Status in Accra, Ghana
This project partners with a non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research and health improvement in Nima-Maamobi, a community in Accra, Ghana. HIP has obtained key data for their health research from a special run of data collected through Ghana’s national census, but these data arrived with limited spatial identifiers to enable their integration into a GIS for analysis and mapping. The goal of this project is to finish efforts to add spatial identifiers to the special census data, create a comprehensive geodatabase of HIP’s census data, and then carry out mapping and analysis to support their research on health and poverty status in Nima-Maamobi.
Penny Harvest Program (Solid Ground): Building GIS resources to support a children’s philanthropy
Solid Ground is a social justice, advocacy, and service organization that operates a wide range of food, housing, transportation, and seniors programs. Penny Harvest is a child philanthropy program run by Solid Ground, in which local students raise money and then donate the funds to community-based agencies that offer programming/services they feel strongly about supporting. A first goal in this project is to create a geodatabase that will allow Penny Harvest staff to better understand the service area of the program, the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of schools it serves, and the distributions of community programs that have been supported through the program in the past. A second goal for the project is to develop (and document) a systematic methodology for identifying businesses near those schools from online public data (rather than from fieldwork). Penny Harvest staff would like to seek donations from local businesses to support their program, but do not have enough time to identify local businesses near each of the 55 schools through fieldwork. If you are interested in developing a creative exploratory methodology that relies on web-based resources such as GoogleMaps, this is a great project for you.
Puget Sound Partnership & UW-Geography: Roadway Runoff into
This project will help the WA Dept of Ecology and Puget Sound Partnership develop a GIS-based risk assessment that characterizes and prioritizes risks to Puget Sound water quality from roadway contaminant runoff. Your team will formulate a pilot project studying rainfall-induced contaminant flow from roadways to Puget Sound for a Water Resource Inventory Area. A major goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate a reliable method for carrying out such analyses, one that might be useful for analyzing non-point source pollution patterns in other places.
Facing the Future: Analyzing Program Areas & Service Needs
Facing the Future is a Seattle-based non profit organization that provides educational materials and teacher training nationwide, focusing on environmental issues, population, and sustainability. The goal of these activities is to develop “…young people’s capacity and commitment to create thriving, sustainable, and peaceful local and global communities.” (http://www.facingthefuture.org) We are interested in project that will assess the spatial patterns of our outreach efforts across the U.S. and the users of our materials. We need you to develop a database in which we can track our outreach locations and users on an ongoing basis, for future mapping and analysis beyond this project, and are especially interested in a map that might be useable on the Web.