The Center for Spatial Data Science’s Research Specialist Marynia Kolak won the Illinois GIS Association’s Web Mapping Competition with her entry on the West Humboldt Park Community Resource Map. The map was developed as a collaboration between community organizations, a Chicago healthcare group, and a GIS student.
The goal of the web application has been to develop and promote an easy-to access, open platform for sharing, mapping, and exploring community resource information. Community resource data from West Humboldt Park Development Council, Our Lady of Angels, and the Diabetes Link project from
Northwestern Memorial Hospital was integrated, cleaned, validated, and then made available as an open data service using Google Fusion Tables. Each community organization maintains their own dataset, and a customized workflow refreshes the master data stream. A light web application front-end application harvests that data in real-time, so any changes made to the data are updated in the web map on-the-fly.