Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at
ben@jcci.org, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.


Saturday, April 7, 2007

Open Source GIS Tools

More and more open source GIS tools are becoming available, and keeping track of what's what and what the latest and greatest options are is tough.

So special thanks go to OpenSourceGIS, which is attempting to build a complete index of all open source and free GIS projects out there.

As of March 27, 2007, they have 238 projects listed. JasPer, GeoJasPer, MapWindow, Splat, OGLE, Maya 2 Google Earth, Portfolio Explorer, GeOxygene, JCS, RoadMatcher, Kalypso-Simulation-Platform, KIDS, Rgeo, GEOS, p.mapper, NetTopologySuite, GeoVista Studio, Kosmo have all been added since 6/1/06.

If that's too much, a shorter list of free GIS resources is available here.

If your project uses an open source or free GIS product, please let us know (and send us the link). Thanks!

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