Tag Archive: community mapping

APSACS NGO Maps Show Home-Based Sex Workers on the Rise in Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh state AIDS Control Society (APSACS) is aiming to target high risk groups (HRGs) in their intervention programs.  They inlisted the help of Catalysts Management Services (CMS) to map the HRGs across 210 towns in Hyderabad.  Based on the findings of the initial data, from 140 towns in 14 districts, the estimated total number …

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Non-Profit UK Based Open Source Mapping Powered by Volunteers Taking on GoogleMaps

Steve Coast is the founder and chair of OpenStreetMap, a UK-based non-profit that specializes in “free and open” map data.  Coast’s plan was to pioneer the first free licensing maps, however GoogleMaps had beat them to it.  Despite this, their maps are exceptionally accurate because of their backing by Microsoft and MapQuest, and even Google at an …

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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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NYC DOT Provides Maps for Walking to School


  The New York City Department of Transportation has published a series of maps for each school district within the five boroughs indicating the presence of crosswalks, stop signs, traffic lights and school location. Parents and other residents can view the traffic laws of the immediate area surrounding schools by logging onto the DOT’s website and downloading …

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FEATURED: R U Safe? Mapping Event

On December 1, 2011 Rutgers University students enrolled in GIS in Planning and Public Health taught by Dr. Wansoo Im,  an adjunct faculty member in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, mapped out safety on the College Avenue campus. The event was featured in the Rutgers University Daily Targum. The interactive …

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TODAY! R U Safe at Rutgers University?


There will be a community mapping event tonight, December 1, 2011, on the Rutgers University campus to promote the importance of safe university conditions and an awareness of the unsafe areas around the university campus. Participants will be meeting in front of the Rutgers College Avenue Student Center at 7:00pm and will be conducting the …

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Community Mapping and Open Development in Dar Es Salaam


Dar Es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, so local authorities with support from the World Bank and Twaweza, a regional NGO, are using information and communication technologies (ICT) to document the Tandale Ward just west of the city’s center. Before the city begins building roads, streetlights, solid waste disposal …

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UPDATE: Grassroots mapping—a DIY approach to community participatory mapping


Last week, the Center for Community Mapping blogged about the Grassroots Mapping project, an initiative spearheded by the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS), that promotes the use of DIY hellium balloon mapping to encourage community participation and activism in community planning. This week the BBC and the Knight Blog have also looked into this new …

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Youth Using GIS and GPS Technologies to Improve Communities


Developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (CSREES) program maintains the 4-H Youth Technology Team , which “fosters the  learning of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning satellite systems (GPS),” which teaches youth  to use technology in order to improve their communities–”community mapping” projects developed …

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Grassroots mapping—a DIY approach to community participatory mapping


Grassroots Mapping is an initiative developed by Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOT) that uses DIY balloon mapping  in order to “invert the traditional power structure of cartography” by working with organizations and communities to promote participatory mapping.  Attached to helium balloons and kites are inexpensive digital cameras that render images of communities …

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