Locality service planning with geographical information system: Spatial analysis of poverty data of a community in Hong Kong.

Paper presented at #husITa14 in Melbourne, Australia, July, 2014.


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Zeno C.S. Leung (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Peoples Republic of China).


Although the potential utilization of geographical information system (GIS) technologies in social service planning at a community level has been suggested for more than a decade (Chow and Coulton, 1997), actual applications are still rare. This article reports a pilot project in which service user records of a short term food assistance project operated in the East Kowloon region of Hong Kong are mapped and analyzed with the geographical information system. Spatial analysis of the data set reveals understanding of poverty problem in the region that may not be observed by using conventional statistical analyses. The project is suggested to have demonstrated a new method in locality service planning.






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