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Mapnificent - How Far Can You Get In An Hour?

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.  

Because it depends on public transit data encoded using Google's open data standard for transit info, the Transit Feed Specification, it's only available for certain cities.  It's a follow-up to the Mapumental site, a UK version which has been in closed beta for quite a while.  You can learn more about the technology behind Mapnificent in a blog article by the creator.

 

 

Mapping the US Community Health Data Initiative

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a new open data initiative, the Community Health Data Initiative, intended to provide tools and data sets for community-level health analysis.  As the first part of this initiative, HHS and related government and non-government entities will be collecting and linking to existing data and resources, some of which we've already examined (such as the CountyHealthRankings.org mapplication).  The USDA contributes its county-level food and nutrition atlas, useful for visualizing statistics about food deserts, food access, and food insecurity issues, as well as physical activity statistics.  

 

National Shelter System Maps For Tennessee Flood Victims From Red Cross and FEMA

screenshot of red cross shelters near Nashville Tennessee  The Red Cross and FEMA jointly operate the National Shelter System, a comprehensive database of over 54,000 emergency shelters across the United States.  When shelters are activated during an emergency, this system is used to monitor locations, capacities, and other shelter information.  In addition to Red Cross and FEMA staff and volunteers, many state and local organizations use this information as well.

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.

VisualPlace: Australian Map Visualization

The government of Victoria, Australia recently created a pilot project to allow visualization and mapping of data from the state government.  This application requires Silverlight.

From the VisualPlace blog:

"The purpose of VisualPlace is to show the value of an interactive GIS-enabled service for the visualisation of location based government information."