Maps tell powerful stories about the communities and the world in which we live. Maps are a visualization tool, a way to help us transform columns of data into useful knowledge about the people and places around us.
The MapTogether project provides free map-related training and tools for community and nonprofit groups around the world. Our resources include software, data sets, online mapping services, documentation, and training resources. In addition, our geographers provide free in-person "community mapping clinics" in cities across the United States and Canada.
The first ever Monday Mapping Meetup will be held at 9am on Monday, September 19th, at the Map Room in Chicago! This is a free informal and coffee-laced gathering for NPO and community group staff interested in learning more about community mapmaking. We'll look at free and user-friendly tools and data sources - like Google Maps, US Census Datasets, and GeoCommons - that other groups are using to build powerful online "mapplications" in their neighborhoods and cities. Bring a laptop (optional) and your map-related questions and ideas!
Although this event is free, we're asking all attendees to buy a coffee, juice, and/or bagel to thank the Map Room for graciously hosting our meetup! Map Room is a short walk east of the Armitage Blue Line stop; bike parking is available. Questions? Contact us.
Mapnificent is a mapping application that shows how far you can go from a certain point in a certain time using public transit. For example, you can enter your workplace location and see everywhere in your city that you could live to ensure a maximum 30 minute commute to work. Or, you could find every park within a 20-minute transit ride from your house.
AwesomeQ is a Drupal 6 platform utilizing QR Codes, Mobile Tools, Open Layers mapping software, and Google Geolocation. AwesomeQ allows us to test various mobile, mapping, and social networking integration services.
Specially designed for communities without pervasive Internet access (such as a modern community following a disaster); community members can report sightings via text message, Twitter, iPhone app, Android app, email, or web form!
STATS America is a data portal where visitors can get demographic, workforce, housing, and other data for every state, county, and metro area in the United States. The site is jointly sponsored by the US Commerce Department and Indiana University.