|Abstract or Summary
- As we contend with human impacts on the biosphere, there is rightfully a great emphasis
now on community adaptation and resilience to climate change. Recent innovations in
information technologies and analyses are helping communities to become more resilient.
However, not often discussed in this vein is a path toward digital resilience. If mapping
and information tools are to help communities, it stands to reason that they must be
resilient themselves, as well as the data that they are based on. In other words, digital
tools can help make communities resilient by providing data, evidence-based advice on
community decisions, etc., but the resilience of the tools themselves can also be an issue.
Digital resilience means that to the greatest extent possible, data and tools should be
freely accessible, interchangeable, operational, of high quality, and up-to-date so that
they can help give rise to the resilience of communities or other entities using them.
Given the speed at which humans are altering the biosphere, the usefulness and
effectiveness of these technologies must keep pace. This article reviews and recommends
three fundamental digital practices, particularly from the standpoint of geospatial data
and for community resilience and policy-making. These are: (1) create and implement a
culture that consistently shares not only data, but workflows and use cases with the data,
especially within maps and geographic information systems or GIS; (2) use maps and
other visuals to tell compelling stories that many different kinds of audiences will
understand and remember; and (3) be more open to different kinds of partnerships to
reduce project costs, yield better results, and foster public awareness and behavioral