Interactive Game on Communities in Holmes County, OH


PI:
Midori Kitagawa, Department of Art

Summary:
This project was developed by Midori Kitagawa (ACCAD and the Department of Art); and Dr. Richard Moore, (Department of Anthropology) and Deborah Stinner (OARDC and Department of Entomology). The project provided high school students with accesses to hyper-linked ecological, geological, economic, cultural, and social information on Amish and non-Amish communities in Holmes County, Ohio, via CD-ROMs, the Internet, and handbooks (printed mainly for the Amish). As the first step, an interactive on-line GIS database system was developed, targeting local high school students in the area as it's users.

The information in the database is categorized below:
1. Overview: geographic and topographic maps of Ohio, Holmes County;
2. History and Culture: historical information on the region and an introduction to the Amish people
    and their culture;
3. Land Usage: a land usage map, indicating locations of farms, industrial sites,
    and housing developments;
4. Natural Environment: a map of Killbuck watershed, a map of water quality, and biodiversity;
5. Agricultural Production: maps for soil types, crop types, and farming methods;
6. Social Aspects: information on household demography, employment, income, typical social groups
    and interactions, and quality of life;
7. Trends and Implications: current trends in the growth/decline of population, industrial
    developments, and water quality, and the extrapolation of statistical data predicting a possible
    state of the county in the future.

Sponsored by Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs

To view the game visit: http://www.accad.ohio-state.edu/~midori/Game/

Completed in 1998.