The first major project completed by the institute was Neighborhood Knowledge Los Angeles (NKLA, http://nkla.ucla.edu).
Staff realized that NKLA's maps of housing disinvestment tended to reinforce negative assumptions about housing conditions in Los Angeles neighborhoods.
From 2000 to 2003, several related projects spun off from NKLA. Although each used the same basic technical platform, focused on addressing issues related to the digital divide (NTIA 1999), and offered user-friendly mapping tools for community research, they each had different funding strategies, clientele, user interfaces, and programmatic staff.
While LILA and IAMLA demonstrated that uploading user "assets" enhances the "PP" in GIS projects, NKLA's integration of relevant administrative datasets, accessible maps, and bilingual interface exhibited the utility of WGIS.
Partnerships with local governments encourage the use of Web-based software in the delivery of public services (e.g., NKLA).
As we learned with NKLA, agencies such as the Housing Department of the city of Los Angeles often have difficulty obtaining current, easy-to-use demographic and housing information.
The NKLA, GNOCDC, and Urban Strategies Council are all part of a network of projects organized by the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP).
I would like to extend my appreciation to my former colleagues at UCLA, our community partners, and the users of the NKCA and NKLA Web sites.