This article that I have selected to write about emphasizes on how GIS has recently been adopted in the ethnographic component of the Welfare Project. We must understand that when the Welfare Project was being created, GIS was not thought as an original design. We can identify some of the
challenges and opportunities faced in promoting GIS within multi-site ethnography and describe some of the ways we have used GIS to facilitate distance-based ethnography. One advantage of the mapping and data visualization capabilities of a GIS is that the system can handle data collected on multiple spatial scales.
|This image is just one example on how we can use GIS to map population densities|
The coordinating site pursued multiple strategies to introduce GIS concepts and methods to ethnographers. Throughout the project we have worked with one or more sites to create new and integrate existing geospatial databases within a GIS framework. The intent was both to demonstrate to the sites what we could do with the data they collect and to encourage the collection of geographic
identifiers, however crude, on the location of family activities and neighborhood resources within each city.