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Flood Mapping in Iowa

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The Iowa Flood Center, a center created by the Iowa Legislature after the devastating floods of 2008, has just developed the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) that uses a web-based interactive mapping platform to track rainfall, stream levels, and flood travel patterns in Iowa. As stated by Dave Miller, the Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning …

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Youth Using GIS and GPS Technologies to Improve Communities

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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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Mapping Community Health

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Wellbeing Toronto is an interactive web-based visualization tool that records and measures community wellbeing utilizing geographic information software and technology. This particular site is dedicated to measuring the neighborhood quality of Toronto’s 140 neighborhoods ranging in an area of “community health” categories. As the website states, ” Wellbeing Toronto (WT) was developed to meet the …

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Mapping the Solar Power Potential of NYC

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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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The Democratization of Mapping and Maptivism

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Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it. With developments in mapping technology, a trend toward the democratization of digital mapping has exploded on the internet. Although mapping technology is not perfect and the mapping of geographic data can be politically sensitive, the advancements in mapping technology have …

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Rebuilding Haiti

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It has been over a year since the January 10, 2010 earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, which has left the country in rubble and has incited one of the most violent and corruption-fraught political elections in modern history. The earthquake killed over 316,000 people and has displaced tens of thousands of Haitians. …

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All the World’s a Stage–World Theatre Day 2011

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The ways by which people communicate with one another and create dialogue about particular issues are expansive, and with the use of maps, social media tools, and technologies, events such as World Theatre Day can be developed and implemented internationally. Theatre is an important artistic medium of communication, and as stated by Jessica A Kaawa …

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International Crises Maps: How the International Community is Engaging with Maps

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Political revolutions, natural disasters, oil spills. Millions of people have been affected, but how can the international community effectively address the needs of the regions facing political destabilization, food insecurity, or serious negative health concerns associated with these location-based upheavals? Interactive Mapping. Although digital, online, geography-based mapping tools do not solve the world’s problems, they …

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Earthquake in Japan: Mapping the Diaster and Aftermath

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The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck on Friday at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time, has been deemed one of the most devastating natural disasters of our time, which also induced a Tsunami that send waves 30 feet in height rushing across the shoreline of Japan, and the nuclear meltdown of several power plants located near the epicenter …

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Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

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The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is an online mapping tool that visually depicts over 60 different statistical indicators of rural and small-town America. As stated by the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, “The new Atlas will … help policy makers pinpoint the …

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