Elsevier · Taylor, Lauriault: Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography, 2nd Edition · Chapter 12: Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness

Chapter 12: Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness

Tracey P. Lauriault

National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), National University of Ireland at Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland; Member of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Abstract
The Pilot Cybercartographic Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness is an interactive, open source, and interoperable online atlas. It was designed to objectively demonstrate that it is possible to effectively and accurately convey a complex social and political economy issue with the use of aesthetic cartographic techniques. The Atlas has also been used for educational purposes in social work classes to demonstrate evidence-based decision-making and to elicit critical discussions about the role of data and indicators in the formulation of social policy. The Atlas was developed by the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Quality of Life Reporting System, the City of Toronto, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the City of Calgary. The chapter will discuss how the Atlas was developed, regional differences in terms of risk of homelessness, mapping social indicators, data access, as well as the importance of innovative data and information-sharing partnerships and collaborations.

Keywords: Canadian Cities; Data Visualization; FCM; Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Graphomap; Homelessness; Indicators; Quality of Life Indicators; Risks of Homelessness.

Figure 12.1 Home page of the Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness.

Figure 12.2 CMM social housing and those who spend more than 50% of their income on rent Module.

Figure 12.3 City of Toronto Ageing Social Housing Stock by Neighbourhood Atlas Module.

Figure 12.4 City of Toronto Ageing Social Housing Stock by Building Atlas Module.

Figure 12.5 City of Calgary Economic Risk Atlas Module (detailed view).

Figure 12.6 City of Calgary Economic Risk Atlas Module.

Figure 12.7 (a)–(c) Big Cities module view of the 1991, 1996, and 2001 Vacancy Rates for the most affordable rental accommodations.

Figure 12.7 (a)–(c) Big Cities module view of the 1991, 1996, and 2001 Vacancy Rates for the most affordable rental accommodations.

Figure 12.7 (a)–(c) Big Cities module view of the 1991, 1996, and 2001 Vacancy Rates for the most affordable rental accommodations.

Figure 12.8 Canada Module.

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