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
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.