GIS enables Cross-Sector Insights and Communication

“We urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision. Today, the analysis of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human, family, work-related and urban contexts, nor from how individuals relate to themselves, which leads in turn to how they relate to others and to the environment. There is an interrelation between ecosystems and between the various spheres of social interaction, demonstrating yet again that “the whole is greater than the part”

 

-Laudato Si’, Par. 141

 

The Catholic Geographic System engages stakeholders across sectors through a cloud-based platform

We categorize organizations and operations by their end goals and outputs, for example, health care or mortuary services are sectors defined by their purpose and actions. We do not define sectors and organizations by their location, though all of these organizations have a spatial component, and the problems they seek to ameliorate or services they seek to offer are spatially related to other sectors and groups’ goals. One of the best examples is how the Church intentionally seeks out the oppressed and forgotten to bring the gospel to them over meals and time spent together. These different things -- food services, evangelization, and solidarity are all found at the same table, the same location in space. Once these operations grow and have a bureaucracy involved, decision making at a higher scale often loses the interoperability personal care enables. By bringing organizations and sectors together GIS re-introduces the ability to see situations as a whole and offer holistic solutions at a large scale.

 

 

A Geographic Information System provides the tool for  understanding and making more informed actions based on the holistic perspective in-line with respect for an integral ecology. A Catholic Geographic Information Systems Center will reduce data collection redundancy across sectors and help achieve mission-critical goals more efficiently. For example, information shared between health care system, stewardship programs, and social justice initiatives might identify an area where environmental factors are causing people to be ill. It may happen to be that this area is low-income as well, compounding economic woes related to the costs of health problems. Mapping this data can help figure out what is going on where, find holistic solutions to address it and create a compelling instruction for those who need to address these issues.

Food Pantry Locations + Operations Information make a simple GIS Map

For credit please see bottom R. Hand of map.

A Geographic Information System provides the tool for understanding and making more informed actions based on the holistic perspective in-line with respect for an integral ecology. A Catholic Geographic Information Systems Center will reduce data collection redundancy across sectors and help achieve mission-critical goals more efficiently. For example, information shared between health care system, stewardship programs, and social justice initiatives might identify an area where environmental factors are causing people to be ill. It may happen to be that this area is low-income as well, compounding economic woes related to the costs of health problems. Mapping this data can help figure out what is going on where, find holistic solutions to address it and create a compelling instruction for those who need to address these issues.

Breaking of the bread with apostles at one table - Supper at Emmaus by Matthias Stom, c 1633–1639.

Where is the bread? This map by Ed Blaine for Treasure Coast Connector shows the accessibility of local soup kitchens by bus. This map combines information about transportation and soup kitchen locations.

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