This is not your grandmother's online map: Advancing your mission with GIS tools
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Presentation examining the strategies (why?), data and maps (what? where?), and tools (how?) for awesome nonprofit mapping and geographic information projects.

Presentation examining the strategies (why?), data and maps (what? where?), and tools (how?) for awesome nonprofit mapping and geographic information projects.

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    This is not your grandmother's online map: Advancing your mission with GIS tools This is not your grandmother's online map: Advancing your mission with GIS tools Presentation Transcript

    • this is NOT your grandmother's online map! advancing your mission with GIS tools 10 April 2010 – NTC'10 33.7555 N // 84.3918 W
    • this IS an online map of your grandmother
    • Maps tell powerful stories about the communities and the world in which we live. Maps are a visualization tool, a way to help us transform columns of data into useful knowledge about the people and places around us.
    • Ewww... TEXT! Boring and unhelpful!
    • Hooray for Maps!
    • Acronym Alert! GIS = Geographic Information System
    • maps are important
    • “gerrymandering”
    • A Tale of Two Maps...
    • A brief history of mapping...
    • Snow's Cholera Map, London, 1854
    • Bunge's Maps of Poverty, Detroit, 1971
    • Bunge's Maps of Poverty, Detroit, 1971
    • Bunge's Maps of Poverty, Detroit, 1971
    • Bunge's Maps of Poverty, Detroit, 1971
    • The old days...
    • counter-mapping
    • Geographic Information Systems ●formal ●analytical ●costly ●.gov, .com, .edu PARTICIPATORY! DATA AND TOOLS MAPS FOR THE SHOULD BE FREE! PEOPLE! BOTTOM UP! NOT TOP DOWN! neogeography!
    • http://www.lvejo.org
    • Common Uses of Nonprofit Maps Storytelling/Advocacy/Activism ● Program/Service Delivery ● Research/Analysis ● Fundraising/Development ● Community Resource/Asset Mapping ●
    • Program and Service Delivery
    • Storytelling / Advocacy / Activism
    • Research and Analysis
    • Fundraising / Development
    • Kira Marchenese Environmental Defense Fund
    • Purpose of map: Why? Data: What? Where? Tools: How?
    • Stakeholder participation Privacy Discrimination Accessibility Intellectual property
    • Data: What are we mapping? Our data – existing databases and spreadsheets Data from government, academic, or other organizational sources Data obtained from commercial data providers Data obtained from the community
    • Data Acquisition Challenges Practical: availability, quality, scope Legal: licensing, copyrights, etc. Technical: incompatible formats, technology, etc. Financial: cost, both to obtain data and to format/edit it
    • First Name Last Name Address City State ZIP Status Alice Alpha 123 Apple Way Anytown US 10001 Donor Bob Bravo 456 Birch Dr Anytown US 10001 Volunteer Carol Charles 789 Cactus Rd Anytown US 10002 Donor Dave Delta 12 Dogwood St Anytown US 10002 Staff “CSV is the de facto data format standard for one-time exports and data migration projects.” Source: Peter S. Campbell and the awesome folks at Idealware.org: http://www.idealware.org/articles/data_exchange_alpha_soup.php
    • Data Digression... CSV – Comma-separated values KML – Keyhole Markup Language (Google)
    • SHP – Shapefile (ESRI/Arc*)
    • Data Digression... Geocoding 45°31′12″N 123 Main St. 122°40′55″W
    • http://data.gov
    • http://geodata.gov
    • http://www.census.gov
    • SEDAC: Socioeconomic Data & Applications Center
    • ECAI: Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
    • ECAI: Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
    • United States National Atlas
    • GeoBase.ca
    • GeoGratis – Natural Resources Canada
    • VisibleGovernment.ca
    • Data.gov.uk
    • Ordnance Survey - UK
    • Zillow.com Neighborhood Boundary Files
    • Base Maps: The Layer Underneath is Often Overlooked Google Yahoo Bing OpenStreetMap OpenAerialMap NASA (Blue Marble) USGS ... Any WMS tile server
    • Balloon + Camera = DIY Aerial Photography! (grassrootsmapping.org – Shipibo, Lima, Peru)
    • Google Map of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
    • http://mapkibera.org
    • OpenStreetMap (global)
    • Maps of the people... by the people: Collecting data from the community
    • WaterGoodness.org
    • The Mystery of #PDXboom
    • David Kobia Ushahidi
    • The Neogeographer's Toolbox: Asking the right question Picking the right tool Playing well with others
    • Selecting the right tool for the job Features vs. Requirements Simple vs. Sophisticated Proprietary vs. Free/open source Expensive vs. Free/low-cost Browser-based vs. Desktop-based Components vs. Integration
    • Quick 'n' Dirty Mapmaking
    • Quick 'n' Dirty Mapmaking
    • Quick 'n' Dirty Mapmaking
    • Quick 'n' Dirty Mapmaking
    • Getting started with web-based mapping Google Maps OpenStreetMap Google MyMaps GeoCommons Finder GeoCommons Maker Google Fusion Tables Mapping
    • GeoCommons Finder! and Maker!
    • GeoCommons Finder! and Maker!
    • GeoCommons Finder! and Maker!
    • Geo-Content Management System (Drupal + Google Maps API)
    • Mixing and Mashing... API – Application Programming Interface Web Services GeoRSS, GeoXML, GeoJSON Location-based Services Twitter Foursquare, etc.
    • Warden's Facebook Data Crawl Results
    • Floating Sheep's “Beer Belly of the US”
    • Mapping Application Architecture
    • Services Tile providers: OSM/T@H Google Maps Bing Maps Database services: Google API SimpleGeo GeoNames VoteSmart Sunlight API GeoCoder.us
    • Components and Libraries OpenLayers – JS map rendering in-browser Mapstraction – JS library for abstracting mapping provider interfaces Mapnik – C++/Python rendering on server or client ModestMaps – Flash (AS2, AS3) and Python slippy map generation
    • Mapnik – Shaded Relief
    • Modest Maps – Flash Slippy Map
    • Desktop Mapping ESRI's ArcGIS tools GRASS, QuantumGIS, uDIG Google Earth
    • Tanya Keen Google Earth Outreach
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