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Mapping India: Open Source Community Mapping


A recent graduate from the National Institute of Design in information and interface design, Arun Ganesh is working to to map India using open source mapping tools. As he states, “Sadly, in India, we still don’t have free and accessible maps. Neither the government nor the city provides us with them, so we have had …

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Mapping the Solar Power Potential of NYC


Data collected from a series of flights over New York City by an airplane equipped with Lidar, a laser system for light detection and ranging, indicates that 66.4% of the buildings in NYC are suitable rooftop spaces from solar panels. It is estimated that this could generate 5,847 megawatts of energy as compared to the …

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Goespatial Technology and the Battle Against AIDS in South Africa


Digital mapping company MapIT is using geospatial technology to help fight the battle against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. With the many private agencies, NGOs, and state organizations involved in HIV education, prevention, and treatment, there are often overlaps and gaps in terms of targeted area. Funded by the Netherlands and run by the Foundation for …

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Mapping Fresh, Local Foods


Ever wonder where grocery stores and  restaurants in your area are getting the fruits, vegetables, and other food products they sell and use to make the food you’re eating? Foolink: Waterloo Region is an organization in Ontario, Canada that mapped places in Canada that grow and sell locally grown fresh foods so that community members …

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Louisiana Flood Map


Due to heavy rain along the Mississippi River, the states of Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas are facing devastating flood damage. As the Mississippi river continues to swell, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to open the Morganza spillway, a gated structure north of Baton Rouge in order to divert the floodwaters away …

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An Innovative Look at Transportation


GeoVation [innovation through geography] is a UK-based organization committed to helping communities asses their community assets and address any identifiable community needs through an innovative application of geography-based interactive maps and resources. For the 2011 GeoVation Challenge, community groups across the UK were presented with the task of addressing, “How can we improve transport in …

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Tornadoes, Floods, and Storms


Last week Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia were devastated by a series of natural disasters. Within two days, communities throughout the area were destroyed, and although this area experiences seasonal tornadoes, the impact was unusually extensive and devastating. At least 327 people were killed, and over 1 million people in the Southeast have …

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Communities Engaging in Mapping Nature


Developed in 2009 as an Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) class project at NYU, Project NOAH or Networked Organisms and Habitats has transformed the way that communities and individuals can perceive and interact with the environment around them. Project NOAH is a mobile application available for iPhone and Android that utilizes the GPS technology built into …

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Community-Based Energy Initiative with Interactive Mapping


One Change is a community-based, non-profit non-partisan grassroots organization that seeks to promote habits and behaviors that embrace sustainable means of consuming nonrenewable energy resources. This initiative was inspired by an ENERGY STAR® statistic: “If every household in the United States replaced one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb, the reduction in …

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