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Nonprofit Mapmaking Tool Review: MAPresso!

MAPresso is a free Java-based utility for creating and displaying cartograms and choropleths, two types of maps that nonprofits can use to visualize their data.  Although importing your data into MAPresso isn't the simplest procedure in the world, the resulting maps offer a variety of analytical and aesthetic tools suitable for creating powerful and dynamic maps.

Google Fusion Tables: A Quick, Easy, and FREE Nonprofit Mapmaking Tool!

In our last few articles, we've looked at some free desktop-based applications that nonprofit staff can use to create choropleths and cartograms, two specific types of maps.  These desktop tools, while they can be free and powerful, aren't always user-friendly and many nonprofits don't have the necessary underlying datafiles to use them properly.

Google Fusion Tables Map Demonstration

This is a demonstration of the Google Fusion Tables embedded real-time map as explained in this blog post.


Free tools for making nonprofit maps: choropleths with uDig!

In last week's article about cartograms, we discussed one type of thematic map (a map that displays a theme, such as poverty statistics or disease infection rates).  This week, we'll look at some free programs to make choropleths - thematic maps that preserve distance and shape, but use colors or patterns to differentiate between different regions with different values.choropleth example


The purpose is for gaming but the uses of this program can benifit all sorts of people.

"a free Fantasy Role-Playing mapper software and a new GNU Community of Role-Playing Gamers. AutoREALM is a Free GNU mapping software (a "cartographer") that can design maps of castles, cities, dungeons and more. AutoREALM is generally used by Role-playing Game practicants who enjoy doing their own maps. But it could fits the needs of other people."