Two prominent uses of maps as visual aids in news stories late this week - first up, the Washington Post's state-by-state map of "unauthorized immigrants as a percentage of state population." Based on 2008 data, the map also includes a chart showing the estimated increase of this percentage in Arizona over the past 20 years.
The Global Action Atlas, a new online portal from National Geographic, allows visitors to explore environmental, humanitarian, and cultural projects around the world with an interactive map interface. The site integrates social networking and provides a pathway for recruiting advocates, donors, and volunteers. Well beyond sticking pushpins on a map, this portal aims to "connect people and planet."
Legal Services of Northern California maintains a special program called the Race Equity Project, which helps provide resources for those engaged in race-related advocacy efforts. As major users of GIS in their advocacy efforts, the REP has a great page of related resources for mapmaking.
The World Bank offers a large data repository of economic indicators, statistics, and other useful tools for mapmakers working in international development. Users can search for data by country or by topic (Aid Effectiveness, Health, Poverty, etc.). In addition to viewing or downloading data, the site presents a nifty visualization tool displaying data on a world map.
Recently, MapTogether started an online campaign to raise $359 for a speaker registration at the #10NTC Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta. Like many grassroots or nonprofit projects trying to raise a small sum, we signed up for a ChipIn account and used web-based services to create a fundraising widget: a graphical widget that allows viewers to securely donate to our campaign AND displays a real-time view of donations toward the goal.