Our Sub-Projects

The Citizen Geography Project organizes research, analysis and public education efforts around similar themes into sub-projects. This page provides information on the current sub-projects. (If you are interested in starting a new sub-project, please contact Landon Blake, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Citizen Geography Project.)

The Western US Land Law and Policy Project

The Western US Land Law and Policy Project has three (3) primary goals.

The first is to educate the broader public about current issues related to land use, land planning, land development, land management, land title and boundary surveying. This includes providing historical context and an objective view of the issues. This education of current issues includes tracking and review proposed legislation and regulation related to land, property rights, and the real property system.

The second goal of the project is to review recent court decisions related to land use, land planning, land development, land management, land title and boundary surveying. This includes publishing easy-to-read summaries of recent court decisions with timelines, maps, and diagrams. It also includes a consideration of the policy implications of these court decisions.

The third goal of the project is to demonstrate how GIS and related technologies can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our real property system in the United States. This includes demonstrating how GIS can be used to make more intelligent land management and land planning decisions.

The Western US Water Law and Policy Project

The Western US Water Law and Policy Project has three (3) primary goals.

The first is to educate the broader public about current issues related to water supply, water use, water treatment, flood control, and water rights. This includes providing historical context and an objective view of the issues. This education of current issues includes tracking and review proposed legislation and regulation related to water in the Western United States.

The second goal of the project is to review recent court decisions related to water supply, water use, water treatment, flood control, and water rights. This includes publishing easy-to-read summaries of recent court decisions with timelines, maps, and diagrams. It also includes a consideration of the policy implications of these court decisions.

The third goal of the project is to demonstrate how GIS and related technologies can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our water management system in the United States. This includes demonstrating how GIS can be used to make more intelligent water use and water management decisions.

The Central California Wikipedia Contributions Project

Volunteers with the Central California Wikipedia Contributions Project work to add information on land, water, and infrastructure to appropriate Wikipedia and Wikinfo entries. This includes entries on urban areas, communities, and administrative areas like counties. The volunteers monitor local news sources and perform their own journalistic research and reporting to provide the content for the entries. The goal of this sub-project is to promote understanding of and reasonable discourse about land and water issues in Central California.

GIS Technology Standards Project

The GIS technology standards project works to design, implement, test and publish standards related to the application of GIS to land and water management. These standards include GIS design blueprints, guidelines, workflows and best practices. The standards focus on the use of open source software, data interoperability, and ease-of-use whenever possible.

The Wilson Way Neighborhood Project GIS

The Wilson Way Neighborhood Initiative Project seeks to improve the urban corridor along Wilson Way in Central Stockton, California. The Citizen Geography Project is working to assemble GIS base maps and to implement a GIS focused on land use and land development to assist community members working on the Project. As part of the GIS implementation Citizen Geography Project volunteers are working to build a survey-grade parcel layer for the area within the project boundary.

The San Joaquin County Public Land Survey System Maintenance and Improvement Project

Volunteers working with the Citizen Geography Project and the Central Valley Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association are working together to inventory and survey Public Land Survey System (PLSS) corners within San Joaquin County. The volunteer team is currently focused on the inventory and survey PLSS corners east of the City of Manteca. Work on the project includes building GIS shapefiles of the PLSS with survey grade corner coordinates that can be used by the local land surveying and land development communities.

The Sierra Nevada State Boundary Monument Project

Volunteers working with the Citizen Geography Project and the Central Valley Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association are working together to inventory and monuments marking both the Von Schmidt and the current state boundary between California and Nevada along the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Lake Tahoe. As part of the project the volunteer team is implementing a GIS to track information on the border monuments.

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