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!
In many of our other articles and resources about geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping for nonprofit organizations (NPOs), we focus more on the "NPO" than the "GIS" aspects: why should NPOs use GIS/mapping tools, how do these tools help fulfill nonprofit missions, when is it appropriate for NPOs to use these tools, what types of projects are other NPOs working on, etc.
In this article I'll be discussing some concepts squarely from the GIS/mapping side of the fence, but relax: we're going to keep it super simple and try to put in as many relevant community/NPO/NGO examples as we can :)