Map Site of the Month

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October 2017 Site of the Month

HOT Open Street Map Humanitarian Open Street Map is just one of many ways in which the GIS community gives back during natural disasters, such as recent hurricanes and earthquakes.  Some efforts are sponsored by Google or ESRI, and information is usually available from NOAA, FEMA, NASA, USGS, etc. In addition, the GIS Corps of URISA coordinates short term, volunteer GIS services to underprivileged communities worldwide.

September 2017 Site of the Month

American PanoramaThe New York Times recently reported on new research on the practice of mortgage redlining. This research was supported by appraisal maps digitized by the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab, which has produced a number of amazing online projects. Mapping Inequality is part of the American Panorama series.  DSL also produced the Hidden Patterns of the Civil War series and has digitized and enhanced Charles Paullin's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States.

August 2017 Site of the Month

StoryMaps GalleryAs you begin to get ready for the new academic year, keep in mind that we have a powerful but user-friendly mapping tool, ArcGIS Online, available for course use. This application includes the StoryMaps templates, which are great-looking interfaces for publishing your maps online. ArcGIS Online is also powered by the Living Atlas of the World, which contains many layers of data from all over the world, and includes spatial analysis tools. You can see examples of what people do with these tools at the StoryMaps Gallery.

July 2017 Site of the Month

Marine TrafficI was just thinking about global traffic maps, and here we have 10 Transportation Maps: Planes, Trains & Automobiles from GISGeography. This set of maps includes a couple of my favorites -- Marine Traffic and Flight Radar 24 -- because who can resist watches the little boats and planes move as the live site refreshes every few minutes? Just for kicks, let's throw in two meteorological sites: Wind Map of wind currents in the US; and Perpetual Ocean of world ocean currents.

June 2017 Site of the Month

CityLabThe Atlantic Monthly hosts CityLab, which is an interesting collection of maps and other visualizations. "Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future.  Our coverage focuses on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods." There are also channels for an urban guide to life, city solutions, photo essays, and a video gallery.

May 2017 Site of the Month

Long Island IndexThe CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research "engages with foundations, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other CUNY researchers to use spatial information and analysis techniques to develop and execute applied research projects." Some of their projects include: the Long Island Index; Welcome to 1940s New York and NYC OASIS. The Center for Urban Research (CUR) mobilizes researchers at the Graduate Center to undertake basic research addressing the issues facing New York and other large cities.

April 2017 Site of the Month

ClimateGov For Earth Day, we feature a number of sites from government agencies: Climate.gov from NOAA; Global Climate Change from NASA; Climate Data Online, also from NOAA; Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the EPA: and EJScreen, also from the EPA. All of these agencies "provide science and information for a climate-smart nation. Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather. People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage climate-related risks and opportunities they face."

March 2017 Site of the Month

World Meteorological DayThis year's theme of World Meteorological Day is "Understanding Clouds." The World Meteorological Organization "provides world leadership and expertise in international cooperation in the delivery and use of high-quality, authoritative weather, climate, hydrological and related environmental services," including links to related resources such as World Weather Information Service observations and forecasts. You may also be interested in two cool visualizations: Wind Map of wind currents in the US; and Perpetual Ocean of world ocean currents.

February 2017 Site of the Month

Data-Driven Detroit Data-Driven Detroit is an example of the many web services provided by state and local governments, NGOs and other organizations, to make maps and data easily available to the public for informed discussions of public policy and planning.D3 began as a data hub for community organizations, foundations, governments, and other organizations in need of reliable data to help them make better decisions about the future of Detroit and the surrounding region. Today, D3 continues to fill this role, functioning as a data intermediary and a partner to socially-minded groups seeking data to drive decision-making.

January 2017 Site of the Month

Social Explorer Hamilton College now has a subscription to Social Explorer which provides "innovative technologies and applications that enable both technical and nontechnical users to gain new insights and realize benefits from large, complex or diverse data." This online mapping tool includes the entire US census, the Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, County Health Rankings, World Development Indicators, and many more datasets. You can create, customize, and download maps from any of these data sources in an easy-to-use interface.

December 2016 Site of the Month

Atlas of Urban ExpansionThe Atlas of Urban Expansion provides the geographic and quantitative dimensions of urban expansion and its key attributes in cities the world over. The data and images are available for free downloading, for scholars, public officials, planners, those engaged in international development, and concerned citizens. The global empirical evidence presented here is critical for an intelligent discussion of plans and policies to manage urban expansion everywhere.

November 2016 Site of the Month

Mapping the NationMapping the Nation is a new interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation.  This map helps you find the global connections your county and state have to the rest of the world. Think about why these connections matter for business, policy, and education. The data is rich and can be used in many ways

October 2016 Site of the Month

Urban ObservatoryThe Urban Observatory is an interactive exhibit that gives you the chance to compare and contrast maps of cities around the world. It aims to make the world’s data both understandable and useful.  Be part of the Urban Observatory by sharing maps of your city or pointing us to data. You could be named an Urban Observatory curator for your city!  See your city included in the Urban Observatory online and on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

September 2016 Site of the Month

ArcGIS OnlineArcGIS Online is a web-based GIS that is easy to learn how to use and create great-looking maps.  This application includes spatial analysis tools and live data services (such as traffic and weather). Many additional maps, apps and data layers are included in the Living Atlas of the World. ESRI also provides Story Maps which are publishing templates and apps for popular map styles. Check out the possibilities!

August 2016 Site of the Month

The Data CenterThe Data Center of Greater New Orleans ("the most trusted resource for data about Southeast Louisiana") revisits the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (and other shocks including the Great Recession) ten years later with maps, data and over thirty statistical indicators (plus pre-Katrina data).  Explore other perspectives on the state of southeast Louisiana from links on our Disaster Response Resources page.

July 2016 Site of the Month

40 MapsThe Washington Post collected 40 Maps That Explain the World and also 40 More Maps That Explain the World. Several of these maps feature in a high-speed celebration of off-beat maps called 42 Maps That Help Me Understand the World. And if you just can't get enough, here are 40 Maps That Help You Make Sense of the World plus 32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World.

June 2016 Site of the Month

David Rumsey AssociatesThe David Rumsey Historical Map Collection is a very well-known site of long standing, but always has something new and is always rewarding to browse.  Now with a Georeferencer, which allows you to overlay historic maps on modern maps or other historic maps. The overlaid maps reveal changes over time and enable map analysis and discovery. The new MapRank search tool enables geographical searching of the collection by map location and coverage, in a Google Map window.

May 2016 Site of the Month

Habitat MapHabitatMap is "non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health.  Our online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities."  This tool can be use by any community to organize and express concerns (for example, Revive Onondaga Lake).

April 2016 Site of the Month

EJ ScreenHere's a site for Earth Day: The EPA recently developed EJScreen, an environmental justice mapping and screening tool based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.  The goal in developing EJSCREEN was to build on EPA's experience in developing screening tools, and to ensure that the screening tool reflects a balance between simple, screening-level information and high-quality data.

March 2016 Site of the Month

Data Mapper The US Census Bureau has once again updated their Maps and Data page, with a directory of information available and a new Census Data Mapper, "intended to provide users with a simple interface to view, save and print county-based demographic maps of the United States."  Reference and thematic maps are also available, plus TIGER products, a Census Geocoder, statistical data tools and maps for purchase.

February 2016 Site of the Month

New York Public LibraryThe New York Public Library Digital Collections includes over 40 digital map collections. Thousands of these images are now available in the public domain, for you to download and use as you wish.  The NYPL has many other collections of images as well, such as postcards, illuminated manuscripts, photographs, documents, letters, books, posters, audio files, video recordings, drawings, and ephemera.

January 2016 Site of the Month

Dartmouth AtlasAlthough a new report by the Health Care Cost Institute has complicated the picture which the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care paints of the differences in costs in different parts of the country, this interactive map is still an interesting way of visualizing health care cost information.  Data can be investigated by region, hospital and topic, along with a list of key issues and tools.

Last updated: September 25, 2017


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