Entries by Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D.

Encouraging Trail Access Through Limited Liability Laws

Communities across the U.S. are working to convert abandoned railway beds to trails as part of the national “rails-to-trails” movement and establishing other bike-walk linear parks and greenways. Linear trails benefit individuals and their communities. Beyond recreation and immediate health benefits, they serve as important pedestrian and bike corridors where people access schools, jobs, food, transit, […]

Install QGIS on a Mac in 8-Steps

**UPDATED FOR QGIS 2.16 – 07 Oct 2016** QGIS is an impressively powerful open source geographic information system (GIS). In 2010, I reviewed QGIS when it had an “All-In-One” installation bundle for the Mac. That one-step installation has gone by the wayside, and while QGIS is an excellent GIS solution for Mac users, installation is much […]

Written History Needs Maps

Guest post by Pieter S. Burggraaf, 2015 Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. – From the pen of Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) The telling of history needs illustrative maps. […]

Hacking Public Spaces: Florence Street Art

Edgy or elegant, I always enjoy seeing examples of street art as a form of placemaking. In many areas of the world (e.g., Paris, Berlin, New York) street art contributes greatly to urban identiity. On a recent trip to Italy, my daughter and I made time to enjoy the expressive Florentine street art. We especially liked the scuba-masked portraits by […]

IndianaMap Running at 100%

Indiana Geographic Information Office Hits 100% with Data Sharing Project With a vote of its County Board of Commissioners in early April, Marshall County become the last of ninety-two Indiana Counties to share four critical geospatial data sets with the Indiana Geographic Information Office. This exceptional level of County-State cooperation, and the important statewide data […]

Indianapolis’ Most International Public Schools

Central Indiana is the epicenter of an explosion of English language learners (ELL). Where I live in Nora, our neighborhood elementary school is one of those hit hardest by rapid change. In April, The Star, Chalkbeat Indiana and WFYI Public Media collaborated on a week-long series of articles documenting the impact of the rising ELL population in Indianapolis’ schools. If […]