The objective of this page is to describe rather a technical procedures in rare disease mapping rather than conceptual or theoretical. I will refer to some papers for those of you who might more interest in some theoretical background of it. However I also suggest that you could read these papers before getting into technical step, so you will be able to grasp the principle of rare disease mapping and apply appropriate procedures in relevant situation.
1. Create shape file with attributes of population at risk and number of cases per region (county for example)
2. Import the shape file into OpenGeoda.
3. Calculate rate
4. Create raw rate maps
5. Create smoothed rate maps