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Low Cost/No Cost Maps, Data, and Other Stuff Nahila Ahsan November 16, 2013 Minnesota Rising UnConference


A little about me… Research Associate at Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) in Minnesota California native Twitter handle: @nahsan209/Email: nahila@hacer-mn.org


Maps tell/show us…  Where things are: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION  Quantities: Number of things in a specific area  Densities: Distribution  Change/Behavior: how and when things move allows us to see patterns


Assumptions & Goals  Desire to learn about new tools and data sources  You will have some new tools/data sources to add to your belt (I hope!)  Desire to incorporate maps/spatial analysis in your work  Depending on context, you will learn how mapping can be used in different ways/make connections to ideas in a different way


Google: My Places https://www.google.com/maps/myplaces


Social Explorer www.socialexplorer.com


batchgeo batchgeo.com


New York Times: Mapping the US Census http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/map


County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: Interactive Maps and Data (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/


National Geographic Education: MapMaker Interactive http://education.nationalgeographic.com/ mapping/interactive-map/?ar_a=1


CDC: Diabetes Interactive Atlases http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/atlas/county data/atlas.html


Many Eyes http://www958.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/


Wrap Up/Concluding Thoughts… • Other ideas Open source software like QGIS can make complex multilayered maps. Free to use and many, many tutorials/videos online. Establish partnerships with other researchers and/or universities with GIS resources, tools, and skills.

• Resources from Audience Share any cool mapping/data sites you know about 


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