Open Source Mapping: GIS For the Rest of Us

13 Mar

Data drives planning decisions, and those who have the data have the most power in making them. Unfortunately, it is usually governments and companies that have the data, and their decisions on planning and development impact our communities. The tools used to create and analyze data are expensive—for U.S. residents, a copy of ESRI’s ArcView GIS software is $1,500 for the most basic version. Most communities do not have the resources to purchase this type of software, nor do they have the ability to buy data collection tools such as a Trimble GeoExplorer. How can we involve communities in the creation and analysis of data so that they may help make and influence decisions about their neighborhoods?

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