A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. GIS is integral to much of the research that AMP has conducted in the past and what we are working on now. Data from Mellinger Farm projects is being captured as vector data in a database that will allow analysis of changes to the Mellinger landscape. Past projects involving GIS include food mapping, mapping of agritourism potential, and supply chain mapping.
The above map was created by geocoding the USDA Organic INTEGRITY Database's listing of certified organic food operations in Ohio. This map shows the different ways data can be displayed. The Ohio Organic Farming layer shows operations color coded by their current status. The Crops, Livestock, Wild Crops, and Handling layers are all subsets of the main Ohio Organic Farming layer showing current Certified locations and have unique symbols to represent each category of operation.
The above map app was created as an example of the power of GIS as a presentation platform. Using videos from YouTube, Box Scores from the OSU athletics website, and graphics from Google we were able to build an ArcGIS web app that tells the story of the 2018 OSU Football season in an engaging and informative manner. The entire project was built in about two hours.
AMP partners with community and regional stakeholders to conduct GIS mapping and analysis for Northeast Ohio and beyond. To see some examples of AMP’s GIS projects, please visit the Northeast Ohio Agricultural Asset Mapping page.
If you are interested in learning more about AMP’s GIS services, or if you have ideas about potential mapping projects, please contact us.
You can also check out these online mapping tools:
United States Census Data Mapper
Ohio EPA - Surface Water Quality and Hydrologic Units in Ohio (interactive maps)
Ohio EPA - Ohio Compost Facilities