By searching the US Environmental Protection Agency's database, GreenSpaceMap offers visitors the ability to locate environmental threats in their neighborhood or region. Locations like Superfund sites and brownfields are visible once you type in a starting address. This is also an entry in the Sunlight Labs Apps for America contest.
Erek Dyskant submitted his Census Data Explorer project as part of the Sunlight Labs "Apps for America" challenge. While only a few layers (poverty and race) are available so far, this seems to be a relatively fast browser for visualizing census data at the tract or neighborhood level. It appears to be using OpenLayers and Google Maps, and of course the data comes from the Census Bureau. Good luck, Erek!
The US Forest Service has this Google Earth file (based on NASA satellite data) of near-real-time fires for the entire continental US
For those of you without access to Google Maps or Google Earth, CALFIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) has plenty of up-to-date information on the fires, including frequently-updated incident maps covering the entire state.
For those folks who regularly search for US government GIS maps and data on GeoData.gov, the US "Geospatial Data One-Stop" website, there's a new widget for quickly and easily keeping tabs on new data released. The Carbon Project recently released a new version of their "GOS Dashboard Gadget" for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The widget installs to the desktop and allows users to easily browse GeoData.gov offerings, as well as get notified of updates that match a defined filter or geographical area. You can check out a movie of the gadget in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwzEsCftonk You can download the gadget here: http://www.thecarbonportal.net/
I just watched the trailer for the new Penn State public broadcasting series, the Geospatial Revolution Project -- for a geo-geek like me, it was truly awesome! A bit of context for those of you who can't watch the video right now, from the GRP website:
Penn State Public Broadcasting is developing the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. The project will feature a web-based serial release of eight video episodes... the episodes will culminate in a 60-minute documentary. The project also will include an outreach initiative in collaboration with our educational partners.
We're looking forward to seeing what these outreach materials are as well. The website mentions K-12 programming but also civic/community participation, so hopefully we'll see some useful materials that we can add to our nonprofit mapping resource library!
Those cool folks at the Chicago Public Art Group have an awesome "Public Art Map" that allows people to view and learn about public art installations all over the city: sculptures, mosaics, installations - they've got a lot of entries all on one handy Google map. (In fact, they've done such a great job populating the map with public art examples that you'll probably need to zoom in to a specific neighborhood to be able to see everything! :)