How to Use Mapping Tools for Good

Image of map from 1940 of cleveland, oh, color coded in red, yellow, blue, green and white, with word lake and 1940 on top left corner

Join Case Western Reserve University librarians and researchers at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education on Tuesday, July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a community forum and interactive session on how to use mapping tools for good.

The event, Mapping for Good: The Role of the Built Environment in Offending Patterns will be hosted at the MidTown Tech Hive (6815 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103), and is in collaboration with the Kelvin Smith Library and Digital C.

Develop basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), learn how CWRU researchers are using digital mapping tools to provide insights into gender-based violence in Cuyahoga County, and gain insights into sexual assault in Cuyahoga County through geospatial data.


8:30am-9am: Breakfast & Coffee

9:00am - 10:15am: New Directions for Geospatial Data: How GIS Can Support the Mission of Change Agents (1 hour interactive lecture & 15 minutes for Q&A)

10:15am -10:30am: BREAK

10:30am - 11:45am: Understanding Sexual Assault in Cuyahoga County through Geospatial Data: How Maps Provide New Insight into Role of the Built Environment in Offending Patterns (1 hour interactive lecture & 15 minutes for Q&A)

12:00pm - 1:00pm: LUNCH with presenters

Charlie Harper, Ph.D., the Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian of the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University, will present on the basics of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), including what it is and how it is used by different groups. He will cover ways that community members can access basic tools and where different data come from. He will briefly discuss some novel applications of GIS in the research and nonprofit fields.

Misty Luminais, Ph.D., Rachel Lovell, Ph.D., and Kristen Berg, M.S., C.R.C., research gender-based violence with a current focus on the backlog of untested sexual assault kits. The rich data derived from ongoing research on the kits have made it possible to start exploring the geographic dimensions of sexual offending patterns. Using GIS, they will be presenting findings on serial offenders, stranger assaults, and assaults that occur outdoors.

Tickets are $15, and scholarships are available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.