Using Geographic Information Systems to Solve Community Problems

Using Geographic Information Systems to Solve Community Problems

Jane L. Garb (Baystate Medical Center, USA) and Richard B. Wait (Baystate Medical Center, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch530
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Abstract

This article describes how the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) can be used as a tool to integrate various types of community-level data to address local problems. The purpose of the article is to present an approach that can be replicated by others. This approach is based on community-wide collaborative sharing of resources, data, and research applications with an aim to enhance the health and well-being of the local area population. Although the example used relates to health, the approach can be used to deal with any “event” or series of events in the community.

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