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CARES Engagement Network
From the web site: "The Engagement Network is a national platform where you can find public and custom tools produced by the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. The Engagement Network hosts:

A national Map Room with 15,000+ data layers
The premier Community Health Needs Assessment reporting tool with 80+ health-related indicators
A Hub Network with 30+ partner organizations using CARES technology
You may have seen these data, tools, and Hubs in Community Commons in the past. Community Commons is transitioning to a new platform and the Engagement Network has been created to ensure that communities, organizations, and agencies that rely on free access to the maps and tools can continue to get reliable data and visualization tools."

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Cook Central - Cook County Board - GIS portal (maps, data, etc)
This link points to “Cook Central” – "a mapping and geographic data hub for sharing information with the public. Cook Central is a one-stop shop for the County’s Department of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)."

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Create StoryMaps using ESRI tool - example 2016 presidential campaign
This link points to a unique example of how the ESRI storymaps tool can be used. In this case the map shows campaign trails of US 2016 Presidential candidates.

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Creating Media Rich Map Stories - article
This article shows how students, volunteers and/or advocates can add text and data to maps to enhance learning or the stories they are telling.

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Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (pdf)
Article demonstrates use of GIS, written by Richart P. Greene, Northern Illinois University and James B Pick, University of the Redlands. Dr. Greene and students helped set up the GIS system at the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1995.

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Girl Impact Map - Rwanda
From the web site: "The Girl Impact Map is an innovative mapping tool that allows users to plot key behavioural and attitudinal data for girls throughout the country, as well as girl-focused programmes and resources in Rwanda." Look at the map and see how it creates overlays showing organizations serving girls in different sections of the country.

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GIS data maps from St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis collects exconomic data (FRED) and shares it on various GIS mapping platforms. Includes capacity to build your own maps.

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GIS in Education articles by Joseph Kerski, PhD
These articles show growth of GIS learning in higher education as well as in K-12.

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Global Chaos Map Project
From the website: "Governments, the private sector and NGOs all have a role to play in mitigating social unrest and effectively managing our natural resources. Early intervention policy and programme design, anchored in risk management and peace building, is crucial.

The Global Chaos Map Project is led by the Global Sustainability Institute at ARU. By recording past events of unrest or deaths related to access to natural resources, the project gives us valuable insights into patterns of unrest and global trends – and the factors that contribute to regions being vulnerable, now and in the future. Findings from the project support early intervention design."

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Great Schools Finder - Make your own map
The Great Schools web site includes information you can use to find public and private schools in Chicago and many other cities. It also includes information people can use to help improve schools. This link points to a page where you can create your own map and embed it into a blog or web site.

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Opportunity Mapping - see work done by Kirwan Institute at OSU
The Prezi on this site provides a great introduction using maps and visualization to show why areas of high poverty need extra support.

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Overview of GIS: A GIS Story
From the web site: "this site takes viewers through a cursory overview of the origin of geographic knowledge before providing an overview of GIS."

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Policy Map - data mapping resource
From the web site: "PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. From the classroom to the boardroom, thousands of organizations trust PolicyMap to find the right data for their research, market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis." There is a fee to use the data and tools on this site to make your own map, but there is also a map-blog library pointing to stories of data maps made by others.

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QGIS - free open source Geographic Information Syste,
From the web site: "QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities."

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TalentED - using ESRI story maps to help with workforce development
From the web site: "Through TalentED, students can visualize regional workforce needs and available educational opportunities. Counselors can also help others plan out a career path that reflects personal and financial goals.

Alongside the central TalentEd Story Map, industry-level Story Maps give students access to information on careers, colleges, and living costs, all targeted to their specific location.

Within each industry-level Story Map, users can watch short videos on the wide range of jobs associated with each industry. They can also view all companies in Orange County that are involved in a specific industry, and find a community college where they can continue their studies for a job in that field. Further interactive display options allow users to also tailor their experience to their needs, placing themselves on the path to a great career." Take time to browse through the site and the story maps to see what an innovative resource this is.

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Teaching Spatial Thinking with Geotechnologies - articles
This is the website of ESRI geographer Joseph Kerski, which contains numerous articles & podcasts.

He introduces his site with "Teaching with Geotechnologies (Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Virtual Globes, and Remote Sensing not only can engage the learner in inquiry-driven, problem-based, project-based investigations of real-world issues, but it is essential for 21st Century sustainability of the planet and the health of its people. If we do not foster spatial thinking about issues such as water quality and availability, energy, sustainable agriculture, land use, urban sprawl, biodiversity loss, human health, natural hazards, and soil erosion, population and migration, at scales from local to global, who will?"

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The Atlas of ReUrbanism
From the web site: "The Atlas of ReUrbanism is an evolving and expanding tool, allowing users to explore the built environment of American cities, block by block. Using our maps, you can interact with data on your city's built assets, and click to layer demographic, economic, and environmental data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and more. The maps focus on the Character Score for buildings and blocks across 50 U.S. cities, as established in the Preservation Green Lab’s Older, Smaller, Better report. Individual building and block characteristics are also selectable and viewable."

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The Human Imprint - A Human Geography Web Site
This site is aggregating blog stories under nine different categories. In this link I point to a category titled Agriculture, Rural Lands & Foodways

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UK mapping platform supports fund raising efforts
From the web site: "Any organisation contacting people at home or needing to understand the types of people that live in an area would benefit from a solution like this. Prospex is a market analysis GIS built for this task by us and contains many features not found in generic mapping packages"

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What are the challenges and priorities for geospatial industry leaders - 2019
What are trends for 2019 and the next few years? This is worthwhile reading for any who are working with data, geospatial technology, or other digital tools.

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A GIS Primer. What is GIS? The Power of Mapping
This ESRI site starts out saying "A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.

GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry. There is a growing interest in and awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS."

The Tutor/Mentor Connection has been trying to harness this capacity since 1993 to help build more consistent support for all volunteer based tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region.

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AmMap - Interactive Mapping Tool
Visit this page and see the many types of maps and charts that can be created using the tools offered by this company.

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Association of American Geographers
From the web site: "The AAG offers a variety of programs and special projects to support the work of geographers in the U.S. and internationally. We also provide services for geographers and academic departments seeking to enhance diversity, obtain disciplinary data about geography, and conduct outreach activities with youth. "

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BatchGEO - turn spreadsheets into maps
From the web site: "BatchGeo is the fastest way to create Google Maps from your spreadsheets. Founded in 2006, we believe there is a story within your data waiting to be told. Maps create a visual representation that a list of addresses or other locations just can't possibly communicate."

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Blog integrating mapping of NYC issues into analysis
This blog is written by Steven Romalewski, CUNY Mapping Service at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Here's an interview with Steven.

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