Community Partnerships

For more information on partnering with New Maps, please contact Matthew W. Wilson.

Community partnerships:

  • Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky
    1. 2012. Post Office Project: [presentation]
      In March of 2011, the United States Postal Service released a list of thousands of post offices branches slated to be closed. A major issue the public is having is gaining a recently updated list on these closings and when these locations will officially close their doors. Particularly in rural communities, post offices have become a fixture in the area’s urban fabric. A place to congregate and receive news; many times these centers are multigenerational with 3rd or even 4th generation postmasters. Research has shown Kentucky’s Appalachian Region to have a high number of proposed closings, with about 90 planned within 54 counties. The focus of the Appalachian Post Office Project is to map the locations of proposed post office closings and create analytical maps which describe certain demographic characteristics such as economic status, percentage of individuals over the age of 65, and broadband access. In conjunction to the analytical analyses, an interactive map displaying existing and proposed closures with links to recent and historical photographs of post offices will give the public an interface to explore. Advocacy to stop these closings is not the intent of this project, but rather to inform the public of the important role post offices play in Kentucky’s rural communities.
    2. 2012. Economic Development Support Structures: [presentation]
      This project is done in collaboration with the UK Appalachian Center. The Center’s primary goal is to facilitate connections between students, faculty members, colleges and universities, and the Appalachian community of Kentucky in order to address the particular needs of the Appalachian community. This particular project is part of a larger research initiative currently being spearheaded by the UK Appalachian Center and a National Science Foundation-funded working group within the Appalachian Region. The primary goal of this project was to facilitate communication between development agencies and businesses using maps of service areas as categorized by service type provided. The end product includes maps and descriptions of every organization that serves the economic needs of at least two counties within Appalachian Kentucky. The services provided by all these organizations were then subdivided into service categories which were then mapped. Finally, in order to make this information accessible to those businesses in the region who will utilize this data most, the maps will be supplied via interactive display on the UK Appalachian Center’s website.
    3. 2012. Local Museum Trail Project: [report] [presentation]
      While working with the UK Appalachian Center, we have developed a series of maps that plot historical sites throughout the Kentucky Appalachian counties (as well as some connecting counties). Our main historical focus was sites on the Affrilachian Trail, a related project on a virtual tour of African American history in Appalachia. These maps will be interactive and available through publicly accessible media applications. Many counties are using historical tourism as means of economic development, and this virtual trail will help connect their efforts.
  • Central Kentucky Council on Peace and Justice
    1. 2012. Mapping Youth Services: [report] [presentation]
      We have used the Kentucky Council on Peace and Justice’s Youth Initiative survey to analyze the needs of youth within Fayette county. We have mapped youth service assets, such as churches and other youth agencies/organizations, to show the relationship of their locations to the youth in need of outreach programs. We are creating choropleth maps, pie charts, and dot density maps showing priorities of youth, youth demographics, and maps of assets that can be used for youth outreach.
    2. 2013. Mapping Health Deserts: [ongoing]
      We are working with a coalition of community members who are interested in the availability and accessibility of public health resources, particularly as they pertain to serving migrant farmworkers employed in Lexington’s horse industry.  Our community partners have asked us to conduct an analysis of the spatial distribution of existing resources in order to determine whether there are areas in Lexington which are underserved and thus constitute a “health desert.”  This analysis will be used for advising community groups and policy makers in planning locations for future healthcare services.
  • Community Action Council
    1. 2013. Mapping Poverty: [ongoing]
      Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties (the Council) is a private nonprofit organization that serves the population with low-income in Central Kentucky through advocacy, service delivery, and community involvement. This project is intended to address the Council’s need to redraw service lines based on current information generated by the recent United States Census and the Council’s organizational records. Presently applied service areas are based on lines drawn ten years ago with information from the 2000 Census. As there has been population growth and significant migration within Lexington, it is necessary to consider service areas with more recent demographic information. This project also aims to create materials that are useful for the Council’s analysis of their services and distribution of information regarding their impact. Maps will be provided to aid in their understanding of who is being provided services and who will likely require services. We will also prepare materials that reflect trends and changes over the last decade as a tool for understanding impact and need of the Council’s target populations.
  • Community Farm Alliance
    1. 2013. Mapping Food: [report] [presentation]
      We are working with the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) to map community food profiles. The mission of CFA “is to organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens, through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes, to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale agriculture in our economies and communities.” Since 1985, CFA has helped empower farmers to make a difference in the state of food production in their communities. Food production today is overwhelmingly dominated by large-scale farmers who benefit from economies of scale. CFA wants to gain a better understanding of how small-scale farmers work in order to determine ways in which these small-scale farmers can be more competitive in today’s world. Through community surveys of Berea and Floyd County, CFA will find out where food is being produced, what kind of food is being produced, whether or not the food goes through any processing, where the processing facilities are located, where the food is transported, and finally, possible future markets for food. Using this data that CFA collects, we are producing several maps to visualize this information.
  • Franklin County Solid Waste
    1. 2013. Mapping Waste: [ongoing]
      Franklin County Solid Waste is a large entity whose services have been utilized by numerous other counties, thus creating interesting spatial patterns. Their monthly records spans several years and allows for analysis of use over time. Our primary goal is to create visualizations of data collected by Franklin County Solid Waste. Through both spatial and non­spatial graphics we aim to create visual products that aid our partner in telling compelling stories to a variety of audiences about the relationship Franklin County has with trash.
  • Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance
    1. 2013. Mapping Rivers: [ongoing]
      The Kentucky River Water Trail Alliance would like to map all the pools of the Kentucky River and would like assistance with the development of a river corridor map that show various recreational areas, including: boat ramps, picnic areas, public docks, boat rental businesses, swimming areas, nature preserves, lock and dam structures, publicly owned lands, and more. They will use the map for planning purposes to help recruit partners, identify preservation opportunities and areas, and locate recreational. Our group will work on gathering data for pools, 11 and 12 in Estill County and 4 in Franklin County, on the Kentucky River. We will map data on the various attributes along these pools, including boat ramps, preserve information, abandoned county roads, landownership and recreational areas.
  • Kentucky River Watershed Watch
    1. 2012. Mapping Volunteered Data: [report] [presentation]
      Our project is directed at the KRWW, Powell County, Meniffee County, and Wolfe County governments to promote awareness of water quality in the Red River Watershed. We are creating two maps that display georeference bar graphs showing change over time of two water quality analyses: conductivity and fecal coliform count.
  • Lawrence County Health Department
    1. 2012. Vaccination Campaign: [report] [presentation]
      With a grant from CancerFreeKY, the Lawrence County Health Department launched a vaccine campaign in 2011 to combat the growing HPV infection rate in Eastern Kentucky. The HPV vaccine is administered in three separate doses spread over a period of several months and can be extremely costly to patients even with insurance coverage. The Lawrence County HPV Vaccine Campaign is offering the full shot series for free to all county residents between the ages of 9 and 26. After several months of giving out vaccines, the Health Department, under the guidance of Dr. Ron Enders, wants to examine the success and shortcomings of their educational and medical campaign. Using patient-provided home addresses, UK students are examining the relationship between income, educational attainment, communication networks, and the physical topography to assess what areas of Lawrence County are unable to receive or are unaware of the HPV vaccine. Using data from the US Census Bureau at the census tract and block levels, a series of maps have been created which display the human terrain of Lawrence County and focus on a few key demographic elements. From these maps, patterns of social and economic barriers emerge, which can be used to guide and refine future decisions regarding the HPV Vaccine Campaign, with the goal of reducing the infection rate of young adults in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
  • Open Lexington
    1. 2012. Map Walks: [report] [presentation]
      Students worked with Open Lexington, an organization advocating free and available local government data, and the students of another UK course called Digital Mapping (UKC101), to collect geospatial data about restaurant health inspections using ‘smart’ phones. Starting from public web-based resources, the students designed the data collection process, compiled the data post-collection, and utilized GIS software to produce multiple maps showing different aspects of the health inspection data. Students will showcase how these kinds of data can be used in spatial analysis of the city and in visualization projects through mapping, and also talk about the advantages and pitfalls of primary data collection in the modern world.
    2. 2013. Mapping Health Inspections: [presentation]
      Nicolas Alfaro, a freshman geography major, worked with 2012 data on health inspections in Lexington, Kentucky, provided by Open Lexington. After cleaning up the address data, he created several maps depicting the landscape of critical violations by census tract (see data below, also here).
  • Partners for Youth
    1. 2013. Mapping Youth Support: [ongoing]
      Partners for Youth is a non-profit organization that provides financial support for various grassroots youth programs for at-risk-youth in Lexington, KY.  Our main goal is to create an interactive map that is easy to use. Our group will examine different ways to create a map via Geocommons that will have a direct representation of the locations of these youth programs. The basics of this project will to create a map that is aesthetically pleasing and can easily be used and updated by Partners for Youth. Along with a map of all the youth programs in the five target areas of Lexington (West End, East End, Woodhill, Winburn, Cardinal Valley and Gainesway), the partners would like us to be able to filter the map into several different maps (by age range, price, gender, zip code).
  • Seedleaf
    1. 2012. Mapping Food Systems: [report]
      In this project, students mapped the assets of the organization, including the gardens and compost bins spread across town. Students analyzed the location of these assets (u-pick sites, compost pick-ups at restaurants) with regard to the demographics of the north and east end where Seedleaf focuses their programming. Students will make Seedleaf gardens and composting sites more accessible to volunteers and to neighbors of the sites themselves, thereby fulfilling Seedleaf’s goals of growing gardeners and of making more nutritious food available in Central Kentucky's food deserts.
    2. 2013. Mapping Gardens: [ongoing]
      The objective of this project is to provide Seedleaf with information products that will communicate and locate garden/compost sites and other programming, while working with Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government to verify garden locations as well as ground truth their records to indicate size, usage, security as well as the garden locations relative to food deserts.  
  • University of Kentucky Special Collections
    1. 2012. Mills:
      Our group took the information provided by Kenneth Pidgeon on historical mills and mill sites in Fayette and Clark counties and organized it to be more accessible to other researchers. Our first step was to sort through the paper documentation and create a more detailed Finding Aid that will allow people to more easily understand the scope and content of information on each mill. We also organized the digital information by mill. After cleaning up Pidgeon’s GPS data, we created several maps to display the information. First was an overview that shows each mill as a point over a modern map. The second was an overview of all mill locations over a nineteenth-century base map. Finally, we went into more detail for three specific mills for which Pidgeon provided the most geographic and historical information. For these case studies, we created individual maps and web links to some of the paper documentation available in the Special Collection folders. We are also keeping detailed records of the process by which we complete this assignment and will be creating an additional library entry titled “University of Kentucky. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Geography. GEO 509 Geographic Information Systems Workshop: Project records on the Kenneth Pidgeon Papers, 2012.” Ideally, this document collection will be used by future researchers who are interested in how GIS was taught and practiced during the early 21st century. We will be presenting our final products, including the Finding Aid, maps and links to paper documentation, to the class and community partners during our final meeting, in addition to filing them with the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Reports from completed partnerships:

  1. 2012. Post Office [presentation]
  2. 2012. Tourism Trail [report] [presentation]
  3. 2012. Economic Development Support [presentation]
  4. 2012. HPV Vacinnations in Lawrence County [report] [presentation]
  5. 2012. Mapping Youth Services [report] [presentation]
  6. 2012. Mapping Historic Mills 
  7. 2012. Water Quality in Red River Watershed [report] [presentation]
  8. 2012. Restaurant Health Inspections [report] [presentation]
  9. 2012. Seedleaf Gardens and Compost Sites [report]
  10. 2013. Mapping Critical Health Violations [presentation]
  11. 2013. Mapping Food [report] [presentation]