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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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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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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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East Somerville Community Mapping Project
This mapping project provides a way for residents who live here now to express their connection to this neighborhood, and to get involved in a broader project to stabilize the neighborhood without displacing the people who live here.  This project aims to bridge the digital divide by putting technology into the hands of the participants, and creating maps that come directly from the observations and priorities of community residents.

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ESRI GIS Education Community blog
The ESRI blog is a place to gather new ideas and meet new people involved with GIS work.

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ESRI Web Site Demonstrates uses of GIS
ESRI is among the world leaders in GIS technology its almost limitless enthusiasm for the possibilities of GIS.  Many of the maps created by the Tutor/Mentor Connection were created using software donated by ESRI.

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Examples of uses of maps - Stamen Design
This article in the New York Times described the thinking behind the map making at Stamen Design. Browse the web site and see examples of ways maps can communicate ideas and knowledge.

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Geospatial Analysis of Chicago and Neighborhoods Needing Improvement
Visit this web site to see innovative uses of GIS maps to show demographics and education levels. Map resources like this can be used by planners, philanthropists, and others to help drive resources to areas where most school improvement is needed. The site is hosted by a company called ProximityOne. Learn about them at

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GIS mapping resource for UK - Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey is "at the forefront of the digital economy, producing digital mapping products and paper maps for business, leisure, administrative and educational use. We are still part of the UK Government, but we cover our costs by selling our products and licensing others to use our data."

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GIS web sites for educators - collection
This is a list of geography websites/tools that can be used to supplement classroom instruction. This site was recommended by a participant in the weekly #worldgeochat on Twitter.

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GreenMaps focus on environment and sustainability
From the web site: "Green Map® System promotes inclusive participation in sustainable community development worldwide, using mapmaking as our medium. We support locally-led Green Map projects as they create perspective-changing community ‘portraits’ which act as comprehensive inventories for decision-making and as practical guides for residents and tourists. Mapmaking teams pair our adaptable tools and universal iconography with local knowledge and leadership as they chart green living, ecological, social and cultural resources."

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Health Map - Shows Global Diseases
This map demonstrates ways to use a mapping application to help people understand where different diseases are most concentrated in the world at any given time.  It's an effective demonstration of the power of a Geographic Information System.

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Illinois House & Senate Districts - Interactive map
This map on the Chicago Tribune web site is one of the best I've found for zooming into different parts of the state of Illinois to locate different political districts, based on where they are on the map.

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iMapBuilder tool - interactive mapping software
From the web site: "iMapBuilder interactive maps software is an user-friendly, interactive image map making software. iMapBuilder has a desktop version for MS-Windows, and a web-app version which runs in browsers on Windows, Mac OS and Linunx. iMapBuilder comes with a built-in world map templates gallery. You can also import your own photo/images. This enables easy creation of interactive image maps for a wide variety of applications. For example, a real-estate map, a branch office locator, or a network diagram. Map creation and editing is easy using iMapBuilder, no any programming skills or additional flash editing software is required. "

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Information Geographies at the Oxford Internet Institute
Purpose of this site described as "Our goal is to produce a comprehensive atlas of contemporary information and Internet geographies, that will draw on four years of focused research conducted at the Oxford Internet Institute. Specifically, the atlas will draw on unique data, visualisations, and maps in order to tell a story about three key facets of global information geographies (access, information production, and information representation)."

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Making Maps blog
From the web site: "The book Making Maps 3nd edition by John Krygier and Denis Wood (published by Guilford Press) was written for the Do It Yorself (DIY) cartographer – the student, the new GIS user, the internet user – anyone who wants to make maps that work and look great.

This blog highlights resources that supplement the Making Maps book and help you to make better maps. Like the Making Maps book, this blog also provides examples of creative and provocative maps and material on map making and understanding, culled from contemporary and historical sources."

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Making Maps with Google "my maps" - Open Source GIS blog
This OpenSourceGIS blog covers many topics in GIS and related fields.

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Map Library - a world wide resource
From the web site: "The Map Library is a source of public domain basic map data concerning administrative boundaries in Africa. The data is broken down into manageable chunks to make it easier to download for those with poor internet connections."

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Map of Chicago by Race/Ethnicity and Income
This link shows innovative uses of maps to visualize data on race and income in Chicago. The site has links to many other resources and ideas related to mapping and visualization.

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Map of Citizen Engagement
This is a project intended to identify "every person of any age who is interested in collaborating, in building a shared vision of how we, as a society, could work together to achieve this transition for everybody." It uses Google maps to show the range of people/organizations it is connecting with.

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Map of Publicly Funded After School Programs in New York State
This is a great example of how information about youth programs can be shown on a map and sorted by categories.

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MapHub - make your own maps for YouTube, more
From the web site: "MapHub was created (in 2016) by Zsolt Ero and Gergely Matyus because of their frustration with Google Maps' UI and the extremely closed attitude it has towards data. It's built on OpenStreetMap and aims to make sharing maps as simple as sharing YouTube videos, while offering GitHub like collaboration for teams."

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Mapline - Mapping Made Simple
Browse this site to see the benefits of using Mapline's web based mapping tool.

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Mapping a Green and Fair World
From the web site: "The Global Transition to a New Economy maps innovative projects that challenge business as usual and contribute to the systemic change to our economy that we urgently require. Together, these projects create a world that prioritizes human well-being, within environmental limits." This is a good example of how layers of information can be collected and shared. Click on one of the color coded circles and you can choose what information to view.

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Mapping America - New York Times census map
This New York Times map shows racial distribution and allows you to look at 2000-2009 census data at the block level for every city in the USA.

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