Online mapping is an extremely useful tool for conveying geographic information. It’s capability to be largely public and community based is largely what makes it so powerful. Organizations can create beautiful and informative maps with existing data as a way of conveying a message to a community. Online mapping can also be much more broad, showing national or worldwide trends in data.
A brilliant example of an online community-based mapping website is Mappler. This site gives the user the ability to either add GPS point data at their location with attribute data of the individual’s location, through the mobile app MapplerK, or previously acquired data in the form of points, lines, polygons and raster data sets.
Sites like this are very versatile and can be applied to any field from ecology, to the environment, to health care, to planning and asset inventory. Mapping is in the hands of the user(s).
The screenshot above is an example of what online mapping sites can do. This site is one created using Mappler, and shows the correlation between environmental and human health. The map can be viewed at http://www.mappler.net/envhealth/.
For more information on the Mappler site, visit the hompage at http://mappler.net/.
Colin Munro, Intern email@example.com
Here at IMRivers, we recognize how important community involvement can be in maintaining the health of our waterways. We developed an interactive map called North Carolina Muddy Water Watch, which allows concerned citizens to post pictures and descriptions of violations they witnessed that could have a negative effect upon the health of surrounding waterways. Many of these violations go unnoticed by regulatory agencies, but with the help of our interactive mapping services and a handful of concerned citizens, these violations can be made public for all to see and the situation can be dealt with accordingly.
Scott Jablonski, VERTICES Intern
Thanks to an idea given to us by our good friend Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen, IMRivers has created a site dedicated to marking key points effected by the BP oil spill. With his support and hard work, as well as the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers, we have been able to keep track of the extent of the spill daily as well as provide you with original images from the spill site. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this map site or if you have any relavant data that you would be willing to lend us, please contact Wansoo Im at firstname.lastname@example.org. IM Rivers is also offering to provide any organization or group interested in doing their own Gulf Coast Oil Spill related map with a free map site.
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The IM Rivers staff has been focusing much of our energy on improving the existing Interactive Mapping Application to better suit your needs. Users now have the ability to embed their interactive map directly into and existing website while retaining the Layer Control function provided on the main map site. Check out Chester River Association’s project to see an example of this new capability: