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Where Does Your Water Come From?

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This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive).  Most people can't answer this question.  A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it.  This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water.  This is also a fabulous example of an embedded map using ArcGIS Online to share geospatial data with a wider audience.  

 

Tags: GIS, water, fluvial, environment, ESRI, pollution, development, consumption, resources, mapping, environment depend, cartography, geospatial. 


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Nic Hardisty's comment, October 15, 2012 9:01 AM
I was definitely unaware of where my drinking water came from. This is nice, user-friendly map... Hopefully it gets updated regularly, as it will be interesting to see how these sources change over time.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:55 PM

water is a resource we all depend on. Some of my best studies were on local Chesapeake Bay issues.

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Online Maps: 50+ Tools and Resources

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"Mapping is a huge and growing sector, from social maps for sharing with friends, to mashing up Google Maps in every possible way."

 

You know that the technology exists for you to link your online information with maps...but not sure how to go about it?  This link from mashable.com lists over 50 sites that specialize is visually representing your data, information or projects.  Online mapping is not just for the experts, but being democratized ...online mapping for the masses! 


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GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables

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"Google Fusion Tables is an excellent way to create and share visualizations of data in map, chart, and tabular formats. Today we’re starting a new series of blog posts designed to get you up to speed with using this fantastic platform. We’ll also be releasing a free e-learning course called Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables to all our newsletter subscribers."


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Kim Vignale's comment, November 3, 2011 4:31 PM
Google Fusion Tables can assist many professionals with pinpoint certain areas on the map. It can help city planners build structures within the city in a safe and efficient way. It can pinpoint areas that are most affected by disaster such as hurricanes and wildfires. It can be visually appealing for an average person trying to read the map.
GIS student's comment, November 3, 2011 4:32 PM
I feel that this an excellent way to understand GIS represented data to those who are not as familiar with GIS systems. It also appears to be a quick and useful tool to any member of society that needs to demonstrate any sort of representational data.
Dania's comment, November 3, 2011 4:33 PM
I don't know what I'm doing but I did this is relating to the numbers of building permits of 2010 for the city of Austin. It includes location and progress of the city.
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GIS - National Geographic Education

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Encyclopedic entry. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map.

 

This informative webpage (and accompanying features) simply answer the question, "What is GIS and how is it a useful way to work with spatial data?" 


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Pau T.'s curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:39 PM

Què és un sistema d'infromació geogràfica (SIG/GIS)?

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World Bank eAtlas of Global Development

"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year."  This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns.  To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en


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MapMaker-National Geographic Education

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Customize one-page maps and download, email, print, or share!

 

Want to make a custom map don't have a cartographic background or access to GIS software?  This online program will give you what you need. 


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MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education

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Use our tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns, and make your own maps.

 

This is an excellent online resource to allow student to create thematic maps without GIS software.  


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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   


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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 3:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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The Prime Meridian: Natural or Cultural?

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mderder's comment, February 19, 2012 5:04 PM
The system works fine as is. Maybe down the line, when it would be far easier to quickly change the global coordinate system, this thing would be feasible. Now, though, it would needlessly entail a huge amount of labor. Just think of all the PRINTED materials which could cause confusion. You would have to change out EVERY chart on EVERY seagoing vessel in the WORLD. That, all by itself, is an enormous task, and in some areas would be economically prohibitive. Charts are NOT cheap. In the future, when everything is linked up and digital, it would be much easier. Now it would be a disaster. Some people don't think things through.
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Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites!

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The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  All readers can select 5 images on the USGS website and the poll closes on July 6, 2012 (The image above is from Coahuila, Mexico).


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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 8:11 PM
Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.