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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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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
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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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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A GIS Primer. What is GIS?
GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.  The Tutor/Mentor Connection seeks to harness this capacity 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
AmMap is a tool for creating interactive Flash maps. You can use this tool to show locations of your offices, routes of your journeys, create your distributor map, etc. Photos or illustrations can be used as layers and backgrounds of maps, so you can make different presentations, e-learning tools and more.
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An over view of mapping - blog article

This blog shows various forms of mapping, ranging from concept maps, to social network analysis to GIS and community mapping.

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Association of American Geographers
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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Camden Resources Guide, created by Hopeworks
The Camden Resource Guide web site, created by youth from the Hopeworks organization, illustrates how youth can learn to use GIS and apply this knowledge to earn income for themselves and the non profit that is teaching them these skills. 
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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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Census maps hard to count areas - great maps

This is another example of how maps can be used to show where people live in underserved areas.  The information is placed over a Google map.

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Center for Digital Strategies, Dartmouth
Researchers from the Geography Department at Dartmouth College have invented a prototype mapping system designed to deploy after neighborhood devastation, follow progress, and pinpoint what aid is needed where. By using this new public mapping system, everyone—researchers, developers, politicians, and local citizens—will be able to see what’s done, and what needs to be done, with the sole purpose being to accelerate rebuilding.
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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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Community Mapping. Public Participation in GIS

Participatory Avenues aims at sharing significant progress in visualizing community-based knowledge and perceptions and in providing stakeholders and less-favored community members added stake in tailoring and owning development and natural resource management initiatives.

This web site has a page with links to foundations who potentially would fund this type of work.

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CommunityViz - GIS planning tool

CommunityViz is advanced yet easy-to-use GIS software designed to help people

visualize, analyze, and communicate about important community planning decisions.

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CommunityWalk,The easiest way to map things
This is an on-line service that people can use to map and share data. 
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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.
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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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CUNY Center for Urban Research
From the web site:

"The Center for Urban Research organizes basic research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners to help them understand how to respond to the challenges they face, and informs the media, opinion-shapers, and the public about urban research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)."
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