Web GIS: Telling stories, solving problems

Authors: Jess Sullivan*, Plymouth State University, Hyun Joong Kim, Plymouth State University, Beth Gustafson Wheeler, Foundation for Healthy Communities, New Hampshire , Lelia Mellen, National Park Service, Cindy Heath, GP RED
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Communication, Cyberinfrastructure
Keywords: ESRI, story map, Node.JS, R, web resources
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Online GIS tools offer researchers and the general public means to carry out and deliver projects in an accessible format. Ranging from the ESRI story map toolset and basic Google Map functionality to custom graphical applications designed solely for specific research niches, we continue to investigate web GIS solutions. Projects include our work with New Hampshire organizations- GP RED, FRC, and YES!, in addition to the National Park Service (NPS)- to display the story of the NH Youth Photovoice project, a community initiative to raise awareness and kick start remedial government action through the lens of youth in New Hampshire. The tools utilized (Google maps, ESRI Story maps, etc.) proved intuitive enough to be adopted across the three represented towns. Other web-based GIS technologies at Plymouth State University aimed to solve common spatial data anomalies, primarily those surfacing through conservation biology field research. Modern languages such as Node.JS and R provide an online application platform that can be efficiently written from scratch, while providing end users a predictable, visual toolset.

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