NEW DATA: Farmland Conservation, Environmental Indicators, expanded Processing and Distribution, and Low Supermarket Access Areas.
Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award!
Last week, we found out that we won a 2013 SAG Award, an annual award given at the Esri International User Conference (Ersi makes the GIS software we use). This award is given to user sites around the world that have employed GIS to improve our world and set new precedents throughout the GIS community. The Center's Maryland Food System Map Project is one of 175 recipients, chosen from over 100,000 sites. We are thrilled for the recognition and will be attending the conference in July to formally accept the award!
Data Layer Updates:
We have updated the map to include the expansion of our Processing and Distribution data, additional Environmental Indicators data, and new information on conservation practices employed by Maryland Farmers.
Additionally, under Food Consumption, we have added a new layer called "Low Supermarket Access Areas" for the whole state. These are areas where residents travel longer distances to reach supermarkets when compared to the average distance traveled by residents of non-low/moderate income areas, according to an analysis conducted by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), developers of The Policy Map. We acquired these data through a partnership with TRF, which helps us expand the identification of areas that lack access to healthy foods beyond Baltimore, where we have been able to conduct our own analysis through our food desert map.
All of these new data layers are defined in the "Glossary" in the "About the Map" section.
IMPORTANT: Please remember to clear your cache on your web browser if you are not able to see the new layers of data in the left hand menu. Here is a wiki page that explains how to do this on all browsers. Please email us with any questions.
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