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Community Improvement & Capacity Building

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."


Nonprofit mapping thoughts about Census 2010

map generated using census bureau data and toolsEvery ten years, the United States embarks on a census to count every person in the country.  The 2010 census date of counting is only a couple of weeks away (April 1st, 2010) so there has been a lot of census talk in the media recently.

GISCorps

GISCorps is a volunteer team of geographic information systems professionals ready to serve as humanitarian GIS professionals, in international development and disaster response scenarios  GISCorps is a part of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Africa Map: Browse and Explore African Datasets

picture layer in Africa MapThe Africa Map project, currently in beta, is an online map and data viewer created by Harvard University.  The map combines data sets of numerous categories from a wide variety of sources, allowing thematic maps to be viewed and explored.  The purposes of the project, according to the project web site:

  1. Interact with the best available public data for Africa
  2. See the whole of Africa yet also zoom in to particular places
  3. Accumulate both contemporary and historical data supplied by researchers and make it permanently accessible online
  4. Work collaboratively across disciplines and organizations with spatial information about Africa in an online environment

Who Needs Satellites? Grassroots Mapping Provides DIY Aerial Mapping for Peruvians!

Just read a great article from Grassroots Mapping about a public participation GIS project recently conducted for the Cantagallos community in Lima, Peru.  To help the community bolster their land claims to the territory they've settled, Grassroots Mapping led an aerial photography gathering mission using helium balloons and a camera.  Since the Google Maps / Earth imagery for the region was a few years old and didn't show recent changes to the environment, the detailed up-to-date aerial photography provided a more accurate base map for future public participation mapping efforts!

MoveSmart.org - A Web App That Helps Build Strong Neighborhoods!

Movesmart.org logoMoveSmart.org recently launched their Neighborhood Finder, an online web application for people seeking to move to a new neighborhood in Chicago - and coming soon, other cities around the US!