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COLL151: LSNTAP to the Rescue: An Introduction to the LSNTAP Help Desk February 20, 2009 Rachel Medina, LSNTAP Madhu Lakshmanan, Consultant Gabrielle Hammond, Consultant
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Todays Presentation Introduction to the Help Desk Mapping & GIS The Case Management System Reporting Tool
Help Desk Introduction Providing technology support to the legal services community has been central to NTAPs mission since we began. In the past, we have supported the community through several different projects: – Open Source Circuit Riding – Training Grants – Grants for LSC-supported technologies like the Poverty Law Survey Tool and GIS Mapping.
Specific Support Examples The following are examples of support that NTAP has provided over the past two months: Statewide website staffing transition Introduction to online project management Multimedia support Program needed guidance on Case Management Systems – wanted to know what similar programs were using and what CMSs were at their price points.
NTAP Help Desk For all LSC-funded programs NTAP will support programs though: Email: email@example.com@lsntap.org Contact us section of LSNTAP.org Real-time chat on LSNTAP.org
Real-Time Chat NTAP will experiment with providing real-time assistance to LSC-funded programs through a chat client located on LSNTAP.org Service begins February 23 rd An NTAP staff member will generally be available Monday – Thursday from 12:00 – 3:00 pm PST
Technologies Supported through Real-Time Chat Statewide websites Web 2.0 features Multimedia Poverty Law Survey Tool Online Project Management
Technologies We Will Be Adding GIS Mapping Google Apps Others?
But this isnt an exhaustive list! NTAP can still answer questions on a much broader range of technology topics, but not through real-time chat http://www.lsntap.org/techlibrary
But I already work with… A lot of programs already work extensively with an NTAP staff member through another project You can keep contacting this person directly and do not need to go through the Help Desk for support All requests we do receive will go the appropriate person
Expansion of Help Desk Case management guidance Tech survey GIS Mapping
Mapping & GIS A geographic information system (GIS) captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that refers to location. Mapping is the commonest way of visualizing GIS data. GIS infrastructure, hardware & software are one of the most complex, expensive and dynamic systems now. Decent basic customized systems would run into the 6 figures.
Background NTAP has been trying to help the community use mapping since 2005. There were some basic trainings and resources deployed. The TNAtlas project created a prototype GIS application, appropriate census datasets and legal aid area boundary files and some of you may remember the trainings on that. There were shortcomings in terms of ease of use and just keeping up with the varied needs of the programs. After exploring various avenues for alternatives, NTAP partnering with LAET has put together a set of free (or almost free) tools that can have your program up and running with mapping immediately. This is one of various paths you can take, but quite the easiest.
Using case data A concern for mapping case data directly always remains that of confidentiality. Geocoding your case data would require you to get coordinates (lat/long) for the address portion of your data and you dont need to send any other information to the geocoder. It is exactly what you do when you type addresses into mapquest or into your cars GPS system to get you somewhere. The concern is also that the actual map would have a point where the case is and should be dealt with very carefully. Aggregating case data by zipcode would be almost as useful in showing you density on a map while preserving confidentiality of a specific case address.
The process What do I want to do? Map my sample New Mexico case data and also analyze it vis-à-vis the population of senior citizens in that state. What do I need? A mapping application (Google Earth) KML/KMZ files from the census for NM seniors & for my case data Geocoding service (to add lat/long to case data) KML creating application from census data Optional graphing tool
http://ctasgis02.psur.utk.edu/tokml/Default.aspx Online Tool to create KML files from Census data
Case data by zipcode aggregate The size of the blue circles is proportional to the number of cases in that zip code area.
Individual & aggregate representation of case data
Google Earth representation of a legal aid service area
Upcoming… A showcase of GIS mapping @ lsntap.org Surveys to the field about what they would like to map and their current methods. Hands-on multi-part trainings using the process outlined here. Support @ the helpdesk for mapping Increased content in the lsntap.org tech library
The Case Management System Reporting Tool The Case Management System Reporting Tool
Selecting Your Case Management System CMS Report: Selecting Your CMS, 2003 (http://lsntap.org/node/190) CMS Report: Selecting Your CMS, 2003http://lsntap.org/node/190 CMS Sneak Peak: How Many Changed and To What System? (http://lsntap.org/NTAP_CMS_Sneak_Peak) CMS Sneak Peak 35
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