Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS)

Chicago Area Urban Indicators and Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS)

Chicago MapThe Urban Indicators and Spatial Decision Support Systems project was undertaken by faculty and graduate research assistants in the Urban Transportation Center in 2008. The project aimed to create a Web-based platform about key social, economic and infrastructure trends. This goal will be addressed using a data-analytic approach with spatial and visual representation of these trends.

Within this system, “urban indicators” refers to data and mapping applications of several factors that might be of interest to stakeholders in various decision-making processes. These data and mapping applications include:

  • Transportation System
  • Pedestrian Environment
  • Housing, Transit Quality
  • Regional Employment Accessibility
  • Gentrification
  • Social and Economic
  • Health Quality
  • Crime and Schools

“Interactive spatial decision support tools” will ask preferences and identify neighborhoods or sub-areas within the six-county Chicago metropolitan area that best meet criteria selected. Tools developed include:

The development of the urban indicators depends on utilizing all relevant and available regional data and performing the appropriate spatial analysis. Once the urban indicators are developed, interactive spatial models incorporate user preferences and produce spatial solutions that are disseminated over the internet.

Further details can be found within this presentation delivered at the Association of American Geographers 2008 Annual Meeting held in Boston.