Strengthening The Food Web Through Ppgis


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Presented at Wisconsin Land Information Association Conference 2011
Madison, WI

Shows how technological innovation, thematic networks and spaces of engagement can improve relations within the food distribution network

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Strengthening The Food Web Through Ppgis

  1. 1. Strengthening the Food Web through PPGIS<br />Technological Applications, Scaled Networks and Spaces of Engagement<br />By Mark Caldwell, UWM<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Position of Researcher<br />What are the components of a “food web”?<br />How can Public Participatory (PPGIS) strengthen this web?<br /> 1. Technological Applications<br /> 2. Scaled Networks<br /> 3. Spaces of Engagement<br />Implications for Future Research<br />
  3. 3. Position of Researcher<br />Masters Student in GIS and Sociology at UWM<br />Thesis research focuses on food distribution systems associated with racial composition and poverty concentration<br />Work history with Growing Power, Hunger Task Force, SHARE, Inc. and Urban Ecology Center<br />Currently working with Milwaukee Food Council to strategically plan for new provisional food locations<br />Ravens Haven- my urban garden<br />
  4. 4. What are the components of a “food web”?<br />A Healthy Food System?<br />
  5. 5. How can Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) strengthen this web?<br />“Public Participation GIS facilitates citizen-participation action by generating a range of grassroots, inner-city neighborhood based citizen groups.” <br /> -R. Ghose<br />This allows marginalized citizens to reshape urban spaces by participating in work conducted by GIS data institutes<br />Copyright Wansoo IM<br />
  6. 6. How can Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) strengthen this web?<br />Copyright Wansoo IM<br />
  7. 7. How can Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) strengthen this web?<br />Grassroots Community Food Organizations<br />Spaces of Engagement<br />Technological Innovation<br />Scaled Networks<br /><ul><li>ArcGIS
  8. 8. Google Earth
  9. 9. Data Warehouses
  10. 10. Internet Links
  11. 11. USDA/Census
  12. 12. Community Analyst
  13. 13. Thematic
  14. 14. Territorial
  15. 15. Embedded Actors
  16. 16. Council Meetings
  17. 17. Farmers Markets
  18. 18. Urban Gardens
  19. 19. Social Networking Websites</li></li></ul><li>Technological Innovation: Images<br />
  20. 20. Technological Innovation: Information<br />
  21. 21. Technological Innovation: Data Collation <br />
  22. 22. Scaled Networks: Territorial<br />Scaled Networks: Thematic<br />Copyright R. Ghose<br />
  23. 23. Scaled Networks: Embedded Actors<br />“Through the “strength of weak ties’, actors can avail of the job opportunities not through direct contact but through a flow information via various networks in which they are embedded.”<br />R. Ghose, Politics of Scale and Networks of Association in PPGIS<br />
  24. 24. Spaces of Engagement<br />Minutes from Milwaukee Food Council Meeting<br />In attendance representatives from 13 distinct non-profit organizations<br />Information about grants, collaborations and current projects are disseminated back to non-profit locations<br />
  25. 25. Future Areas of Research: Data Interpolation<br />
  26. 26. Conclusions<br />Increases data exchange across network of organizations<br />Improves communication amongst embedded actors<br />Enhances strategic planning for future projects<br />Provides research basis for grants and funding<br />Digital divide and Internet software education<br />Data warehouses cannot integrate information<br />Research limited based on external funding<br />Networks not integrated; comparing apples to oranges<br />PROS<br />CONS<br />
  27. 27. Thank you for attendingQuestions or Comments?<br />Mark Caldwell<br />MA in Sociology and GIS<br /><br /><br />