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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sources of information for project

For our bike map project, I've been searching for sources that would include information about local businesses and bike maps. So far, I've found previously created bike maps with the bike paths already listed so we don't have to go out and map a path, which is easy since the City of Madison has such maps on its homepage, and Dane County has a Map for Bicyclists (that isn't as nice as the Madison map). I've found a listing of local businesses in Dane County from the Wisconsin Partners for Sustainability's Buy Local Initiative, that if we use means we'll have to go through the list ourselves and first find Madison businesses and then find the businesses closest to the bike path we are working on. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is also a source information for bike maps.


At 3:25 PM, Blogger Leah said...

Lia and I are local business/bike path project partners, so we've been searching for the same type of info. So far, one of the best things I found is a listing of addresses for restaurants in Madison that are locally owned: Madison Originals. This site also links to the individual restaurant websites, so we could add that info as labels/links within our map.

The link to the Economic Census info from the class syllabus is potentially a source for us to use, but it is huge. I do not see any info on how to limit the output to a certain city or neighborhood, it is all organized at the state level. Also, this is a listing of ALL businesses in a given state. It does not look like the categories given have any relation to local ownership. So basically, this list could be helpful but we would have to do a lot of line by line analysis to fit the info into our project scope.

Finally, I found this map on the City of Madison website that shows all of the bike paths. It is in .pdf format, is there any way to use a pdf in ArcView?

At 11:30 PM, Blogger anne said...

The same part of the city website also has a nice map of Census Tracts for other non-bike related mapping.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Lori said...

I am still waiting to hear from the Mifflin Street Co-op, but have been perusing data types (though not at the level of specificity I would ultimately need) in the meantime. I keep questioning how valid or telling demographic data for the area surrounding the co-op would be given the apparent transience of the population in the area and new, large rental developments.

I am also unclear as to what kinds of demographic indicators the co-op would be interested in (assuming it is looking to visualize current and potential membership)--income? political affiliation? household composition? None seem quite appropriate, and I can't imagine the co-op being willing to generalize or profile based on these kinds of data sets. Perhaps spatial, rather than demographic, data will end up being the more useful.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger meridith said...

I found several websites pertaining to the use of GIS in libraries. While the geolib site we looked at in our reading seems the most relevant to how libraries are using GIS type technology to help themselves, I found some good ones on how it is being used in libraries to serve patrons. http://www.arl.org/spec/238fly.html is on a survey on how more than 100 libraries manage their GIS services. http://magert.whoi.edu/conf/prog03.html offers info from the 2003 ala conference. It contains a link to a PowerPoint presentation on the challenges libraries are facing in working with GIS metadata. http://www.esri.com/industries/libraries/success-stories/case_studies.html is a page on the ESRI site that has testimonials from libraries on how they are using GIS to plan for their futures.


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