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News Maps: Unauthorized Immigrants and Gulf Oil Spill

screenshot of washington post immigration mapTwo 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.  

NatGeo's Global Action Atlas Connects People and Projects Around The World

screenshot of Global Action AtlasThe 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."

Resources for Mapping Race-Related Data for Public Interest

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.

World Bank's Data Catalog

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.


News Article Describing Indigenous Mapping Efforts

Great article from The Globe and Mail describing the importance of use-and-occupancy maps for tribes and other groups of native peoples.  From the article:

Does a place exist if it isn’t on a map?  In today’s complex regulatory and legal world, the simple answer is that if you can’t prove it’s there, then it’s probably not...

To deal with the burden of proof placed on them by courts and government, native organizations have been mapping the use and occupancy of their lands for about 35 years.

Forget fundraising thermometers, let's look at fundraising map/route widgets!

screenshot of ChipIn donation progress thermometer

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.