Data Leads to Everyone

Creating Web Maps for Engagement and GIS Application to the Trails Process

This session will also explain the practical use of GIS technology for numerous applications.


Speakers: Charlynne Smith, GIS Research Associate, North Carolina State University; Robert Chasan, Geographer/GIS Analyst, City of Scottsdale, Arizona; Claire Miller, McDowell Sonoran Preserve Coordinator

A trail system is comprised of networks of pathways, but also a network of partners. Sharing information among partners and to the public is vital to trail management success and user enjoyment. Today many trail agencies have geospatial information system (GIS) data, but may not be using that information in ways to meet the needs of all partners. Whether you are mapping trail resources, creating maps for advocacy, understanding connections in your community, or engaging trail partners to gather data to share the story of your trail, web mapping applications offer the ability to inform, engage, and educate. This session will also explain the practical use of GIS technology for numerous applications– before, during, and after the actual trail is constructed. Demonstration of how to use technology for trail planning, purchasing department documents, pre/post trail construction, trail map production, emergency markers/public safety response, and subsequent trail maintenance activities following trail construction will also be included.

View Charlynne Smith's Presentation Online

View Robert Chasan and Claire Miller's Presentation Online