I hope to bring together in one place the best current news and information of interest to those who are interested in Remote Sensing, Geography, Cartography, GIS, Spatial Analysis, Geospatial Sciences, and Geomatics.
GeoFRED is an economic data mapping tool which displays color-coded data on the state, MSA, and county levels. For example, GeoFRED can display unemployment, labor force, and population for all U.S. counties.
This is a great "GIS-lite" website with customizable map layers, scale references for a diverse set of economic data.
# 7 on the Top 10 list of online resources for 2011 is this user-friendly interactive map with customizable layers with U.S. census data from the NYTimes titled, "Mapping America: Every City, Every Block." Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which was conducted from 2005 to 2009. This is super easy to use for students accustomed to internet browsing. If your school has computers but no GIS software, this can provide some of the geospatial technologies for you.
A set of 2000 census maps that focus on religion in the United States. Even in secular societies, religion can play an important role within society, both culturally and politically. Include are links to many more religious maps.
CloudTweaks NewsCloud Crime Mapping: Top 3 Crime Mapping Startups to Watch in 2012CloudTweaks NewsCrime Mapping is basically visualizing where crime happens on a map so that people can either avoid it or factor it in when calculating risk management.
As described by Manu Fernandez, "MySociety developed this project that perfectly illustrates the utility of georeferenced data. Mapumental tool displays the travel time to reach a certain point from anywhere in the city, thereby helping to understand the temporal distance mobility, a much more useful and practical information than just physical distance."
This type of mapping shows the Space-Time Compression as well as the unevenness of that compression. Why are some areas 'functionally closer?' What makes some places 'functionally farther apart?' How do technology, density and infrastructure influence this phenomenon?