moving to blogger

I have copied this blog over to and will be posting there until further notice.

The main reason is that I want to edit the template and add scripts.


New GPS in Health Research Network (GPS-HRN) website

The GPS in Health Research Network (GPS-HRN) is an international network of academics and health researchers interested in GPS technology.

The new website is now live

Built Environment and Schools

Here are some websites related to the built environment and schools

Travel to School

Feet First – helping NZ primary schools promote walking.

Safe Routes to Schoola US network to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States.  SRTS can provide a variety of important benefits to children and their communities, including increasing physical activity, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing neighborhood safety.

Learning about the Built Environment in Schools

Engaging Places – a built environment education project looking at the supply and demand of built environment education in UK schools.

UNSW Built Environment – schools and community engagement


Journals for GIS in Urban and Health Research

A list of journals relevant to my research in: GIS , Urban, Health and Social.

IF = impact factor. WL = word limit. Open Access journals in bold.

GIS & Health
International Journal of Health Geographics IF: 2.03
Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology

GIS & Spatial Analysis
Computers and Geosciences IF: 1.188; 5yr IF: 1.442; WL: 5,000 – 6,000 words
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems IF: 1.025
Geographical Analysis IF: 2.564
International Journal of Geographical Information Science 2008 IF: 1.596; 5yr IF: 2.293; WL: 6,000 words
Journal of Geographical Systems
Journal of Location Based Services
Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences
Transactions in GIS

Geocarto International

Urban / Built Environment / Planning
Cities IF: 0.574; 5yr IF: 0.939
City, Culture and Society
Journal of Urban Affairs IF: 1.271
Journal of Urban Design WL: 9,000 words
Journal of Urban Technology 2008 IF: 0.297; WL: 5,000-8,000 words
Journal of Urbanism WL: 8,000 words
Progress in Planning IF: 0.312; 5yr IF: 0.491
Urban Policy and Research WL: 8,000 words
Urban Research & Practice WL: 8,000 – 9,000 words
Urban Studies IF: 1.381

Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2008 IF: 2.679
Antipode IF: 2.506
Applied Geography IF: 1.700; 5yr IF: 1667
Area IF: 1.78
Emotion, Space and Society
Geoforum IF: 1.441; 5yr IF: 2.093
Geographical Research
Geography Compass
Journal of Regional Science IF: 0.958
Papers in Regional Science IF 1.259
The Geographical Journal IF: 1.638
The New Zealand Geographer IF: 0.667
The Professional Geographer 2008 IF: 1.714; WL: 5,000 words
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie IF 0.457
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers IF: 3.967

American Journal of Epidemiology IF: 5.454
American Journal of Preventive Medicine IF: 3.766; WL: 3,000 – 4,000 words
Annals of Epidemiology IF: 2.621; WL: 2,000 – 3,000 words
British Medical Journal IF: 12.827
BMC Public Health IF: 2.03
Emerging Themes in Epidemiology IF: 1.63
Environmental Health IF: 2.48
Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations IF: 1.54
Health & Place IF: 2.818; 5yr IF: 2.738
Health Policy IF: 1.334
International Journal of Behvioral Nutrition and Physical Activity IF: 2.32
International Journal of Epidemiology IF: 5.838
Journal of Community Health
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health IF: 3.186
Journal of Public Health
Journal of Urban Health
Population Health Metrics: IF: 2.25
Public Health IF: 1.204
Social Science & Medicine IF: 2.604; 5yr IF: 3.588

Journal of Transport Geography IF: 1.271
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice IF: 1.832; 5yr IF: 2.384
Transportation Research Part B: Methodological IF: 1.874; 5yr IF: 2.593
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies IF: 1.082; 5yr IF: 1.878
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment IF: 1.118; 5yr IF: 1.447

International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development WL:7,000-10,000 words

I know this blog looks ugly…

But have been too busy calculating access to gaming machine venues across NZ to pretty it up. The gambling access calculations have not been without problems. Will post on problems and solutions when I finish calculating…

Community mapping examples

I recently gave a talk about community mapping at a Living Streets Aotearoa meeting. This post contains the examples of community mapping that I mentioned in the talk. All these examples all fall within my general area of research, i.e. social health and wellbeing, and almost all of these examples use google maps.

Note:  By “community mapping” I mean maps made by the community. There are other things it might possible be called or related to: neogeography, participatory mapping, volunteered geographic information, collaborative mapping etc. I didn’t have time to figure out the appropriate name.

Example 1: Mapping the location of fruit and urban edibles

Example 2: Bicycle routes

  • MapMyRide
  • Bikely
  • Ride the City – safe bike routes in NYC,. This is more a map for the community than a map by the community, but I thought it was interesting

Example 3: Walkability & Cycleability audits

Example 4 – Mapping perceptions of the environment

  • Rescue Geography’s Eastside project – not all these are collaborative, but there are interesting google earth and google maps that include stories, quotes, photos, video and ambinet sounds of the city. There is also an interesting cycling perceptions project underway.

Free/Open Source Research Tools

The International Journal of Conservation (Oryx) has a good list of free and open source research tools.

Zotero is my favourite.