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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
This link points to an example of how the ESRI storymaps tool can be used.

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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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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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Integrating Social and Spatial Statistics to Support our Communities’ Most Vulnerable Children and Families - pdf
This report, titled ":Getting to Ground Truth: Integrating Social and Spatial Statistics to Support our Communities’ Most Vulnerable Children and Families" is a Children’s Trust of South Carolina Technical Paper. Provides guide to how communities might use maps.

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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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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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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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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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CartoDB - map making made easy
From the web site "CartoDB is a set of powerful geospatial APIs, enabling the most easy to use Map Editor and an ecosystem of thousands of users and partners developing creating maps and apps with it. CartoDB is democratising location intelligence."

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Chicago Community Area Map - Population Changes since 1950s
This site shows changes in population from 1950 to 2010 for each community area in Chicago. Also includes an interactive map showing demographic changes since 1920s.

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City Explained, Inc uses GIS planning tools
From the web site: "City Explained, Inc. is a software and services firm specializing in GIS-based planning services and technology. National leaders in scenario planning and related fields, our professional services consultants assist communities and regions with innovative visualization and analysis technology for planning. Our award-winning software, CommunityViz®, is widely used throughout North America and the world for scenario-based land-use planning and 3D visualization. In addition, our custom software developers create innovative, interactive applications for a wide variety of planning analysis and outreach needs."

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CommunityWalk,The easiest way to map things
From the web site: "CommunityWalk is a website that is dedicated to providing a powerful yet simple and easy to use interface for creating informational, interactive, and engaging maps."

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Cook County, IL. Map Application
This is an interactive map on the Cook County web site. Take some time to zoom in and out and search for information. If you're using this to create map-stories that call attention to issues in different parts of the region, Tweet your stories and share with @tutormentorteam.

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Cook County, IL.ARCGIS Map portal - log in needed
It appears that Cook Country Gov't has made a powerful map platform available to the public, but you will need to log in to see anything. Take a look.

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