Attached is a document that presents objectives for gathering information needed in the analysis and design of a local food system. It also presents a list of specific information needs, and methods to obtain that data. This document is under consideration by food planning groups in Gainesville, Florida. We are actively discussing GIS, distribution systems, planning resources, ways to collaborate vs. parallel initiatives, limiting factors, education, funding issues, and many other factors.
I am concerned about the availability of GIS data needed for local systems, and what I perceive as a lack of transparency by some state agencies. I am also very encouraged by the availability of local data sources, particularly parcel data, maintained by counties. Local support can be a key factor in gaining access to various sources of data.
Looking forward to joining this discussion ----