When advances in drilling techniques and discoveries of shale gas created an oil boom in North Dakota, workers across the continent flocked to the rural prairie state. They were greeted by low unemployment, high average income, and a burgeoning economy. But in the nascent stages of the boom, rapid population increase left few opportunities for even temporary housing. Healthy and employed individuals often had no choice but to sleep in cars and tents, braving the frigid northern climate. The region, which had never experienced homelessness to such an extent, struggled to provide relief.
In these lessons, you'll play the role of a GIS specialist for a North Dakota advocacy group. Your group wants to alert state and federal officials to this negative effect of the oil boom in order to receive more resources for housing and shelters. You’ll first download tabular (table-based) data on homelessness. Then, you'll map the data in ArcMap by joining it to state geography. You'll publish your map layer to ArcGIS Online and make a set of online maps anyone can access. Finally, you'll present your maps in a single, easy-to-understand web app.
|Download homelessness data||Acquire data on homelessness and prepare it for use.||20 minutes|
|Join data to state geography||Combine your homelessness data with a map layer of the United States.||20 minutes|
|Prepare and publish a layer||Publish your map layer to ArcGIS Online.||20 minutes|
|Map homelessness by state||Create three maps to show your homelessness data.||40 minutes|
|Share your results||Create a web app to show your maps online.||20 minutes|