Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems is a powerful tool that can do much more than just create beautiful maps. Knowledge of the extensions available for GIS can unlock statistical and spatial relationships that are not easily perceived with standard mapping tools. These tools can give visual indication of trends and interactions that can broaden the story the data chronicles.
while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago. Here, all the origins and destinations have been aggregated to density-depicting heat maps using Spatial Analyst. From that, Network Analyst was used to identity the shortest distances from the strongest destination and origin centers. Adding one more level of complexity, Network Analyst was instructed to avoid any path that intersected high bicycle crash frequency locations. This approach to bicycle route analysis can be very effective when paired with community input. In this way, both qualitative and quantitative data can be blended to find the best possible route selections.
Quality maps can do more then simply denote location. Quality maps tell stories about the data they depict. The stories they tell can shed light on different relationships and suggest different responses to the stories told.
Being able to collect and properly display data is key to a communicative map. To the left is original data collected using a system I developed while studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago. chronicles all the vacant properties within the Chicago Community Area of New City. Given the short amount of time available, this was not a simple endeavor.
Additionally, while working at the Active Transportation Alliance, I was tasked with processing the state's raw crash data. I produced numerous for internal and external use. I am proud to say those maps have made concrete impacts in several communities across Illinois.
The sixth edition of the Active Transportation Alliance's signature was a complete redesign and reevaluation of route choice. What makes this new 2013 bike map so unique is the complete qualitative analysis of every route displayed. Over 30 volunteers were organized to read over every section of the ten-county, three-state region that makes up Chicagoland.
Volunteers were trained and data was collected, and I was tasked with processing this detailed volunteer-collected data. Every route they had marked on the map needed to be entered and recorded for the quality of the ride. This painstaking process was applied to on-street and off-street facilities, those entailing the recording of many trail systems never before encoded to GIS.
This unique approach to bicycle route analysis has drawn considerable attention, with requests to present from the Transport Chicago Conference and the Cook County Department of Transportation. I was very happy to educate and discuss this method of qualitative analysis and data to collection.
Roll over the icons to the left for a short description of some of my work.