Our group partnered with the Jackson City Geographic Information Systems Department to explore and develop new ways of making the impressive collection of geo-data and maps that it maintains available and accessible to the public in novel and useful ways.
Our partner, Wade Renando, suggested that we start our project by digitizing all of the Jackson Public School bus routes, which were initially written out long-form in PDFs. After finishing this work, we were inspired by all of the map data that Wade had available to design a web application that would allow users to dynamically interact with all map data that the City wanted to make public. Users would be able to view layers, download the data themselves to create their own value-added maps, and provide feedback to the GIS department through the site.
Our hope is that this application will both provide a novel service to the citizens of Jackson, but also shed light on the exciting work coming out of the GIS department that often goes under-appreciated.