In Part 1 of this series, I described how racial equity and social justice can be understood and engaged with using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this “Part 2” essay, let’s dig deeper into practical ways of doing so and also discuss relevant issues that are inherent to using digital maps and data within a GIS environment.
For centuries, maps have inspired people to explore and to investigate places of importance to them. In our modern world, maps are still used for exploration—of issues and challenges that we face. One group of relevant and serious issues are racial equity and social justice. Nowadays, maps are made using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and digital spatial data.
These videos have been created in time for you to show at your upcoming GIS Day event, or beyond GIS Day, in instruction, or to your colleagues or employees, or in other settings. During these times of health, wildfire, and other challenges, GIS is more needed than ever before, and hence the message that "GIS Helps" seems especially relevant.