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Youth Media Reporter: Gmaps

The Youth Media Reporter wrote a pretty good article and embedded some maps made by community group in Chicago. Check it out: one is environmental justice in Little Village, and another of Chicago Youth Voices Against Violence.

Quick and Dirty Thematic Mapmaking for Everyone

A thematic map (wiki link) is a map that illustrates a particular theme.  Most of the "informative" maps we see are thematic maps: weather maps, maps of political results, maps of bicycle paths, etc.

example of a choroplethIn this article, we'll take a step-by-step look at how to make a thematic map  - a choropleth - using free source graphics and free software.

OpenStreetMap

One of the most used and updated open source tool.

"OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth."