Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful way to spatially locate information and visualize the relationships between datasets to perform and display complex analysis, including demarcating the distribution of resources and tracking environmental changes. By allowing multiple data sets covering the same geographic area to be displayed and queried together, it is possible to find unsuspected relationships or conclusively support ideas that otherwise would be only theories and to communicate those observations through maps.
Distribution and Makeup of Tribal Lands:
Distance to Urban Areas, Percent American Indian/Alaska Native, Median Household Income and Number of Housing Units
Number of US Federally Recognized Tribes and Self-Identified American Indian/Alaska Native Persons by State
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Static Spatial Graphics
Graphs and Charts Showcase
Data visualization is a compelling tool for communicating complex ideas and concepts simply. When displayed as an infographic, the data is able to tell its own story and attract more attention than text or tables can alone. The following graphics are examples of some of Big Water Consulting’s previous work presenting data in eye-catching ways to convey clear messages.
Frequency Charts and Graphs
A histogram such as this shows the frequency of an occurrence, in this case showing the percentage of households affected by overcrowding.
A box plot such as this shows a range of how many cyclists rode each day across a specific bridge.
Proportional Charts and Graphs
A bar chart easily and clearly shows comparison. This bar chart shows the different levels of overcrowding for five American Indian reservations, two states, and the US as a whole.
This stacked bar chart has an added level of complexity in that each bar shows differences in income within one reservation and the graph overall shows differences across reservations
Population pyramids draw clear comparisons. These pyramids illustrate the age distribution comparison between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the United States as a whole.”