Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
CURA has a long history of involvement in spatial analysis, and was a pioneer in the development of geographic information systems (GIS) technology and creation of the Minnesota Land Management Information Center. More recently, our emphasis has been on development of GIS applications for community organizations. Recent GIS research projects at CURA have included studies of home foreclosures and affordable housing, rural planning and development, GIS capacity building and community participation GIS, data sharing, and GIS professional codes of ethics. CURA also partnered with the Minnesota State Demographer's Office and the Cartography Lab at the University of Minnesota to produce a series of maps based on U.S. Census data showing population change in the state from 2000 to 2010 at the block and county level, and 2010 popluation distribution in the state and the Twin Cities metro area.
Another major effort in the area of GIS is Minnesota 3D (M3D), a collaborative effort with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development that brings together labor market, housing, and development information and analysis for the Twin Cities metro area into one easy-to-use web application for economic and community developers. M3D has supported numerous community and neighborhood projects, including facilitating transit-oriented development along the Hiawatha Corridor, attracting workers to live closer to places of employment, connecting Twin Cities job centers to commutershed data, and analyzing the impact of the University on neighborhoods adjacent to the Twin Cities campus.
CURA programs that support projects in the area of geographic information systems include:
- Community Assistantship Program (CAP)
- Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS)
- CURA Dissertation Research Grant
- Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP)
- Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs
- Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program (Nelson Program)
- Resilient Communities Project (RCP)
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