GIS and mapping is increasingly moving to the web/cloud and many services are being developed to let you make your own maps and perform basic GIS operations. Web Maps/GIS range from simple online maps to complex interactive systems allowing users to layer, track, analyze, visualize, and export spatial data. The sites listed in this guide are a small sampling of what's available. Some sites are worldwide general systems, some cover specific geographic areas, while others are thematic.
Datasette is a tool for exploring and publishing data. It helps people take data of any shape, analyze and explore it, and publish it as an interactive website and accompanying API. Datasette is aimed at data journalists, museum curators, archivists, local governments, scientists, researchers and anyone else who has data that they wish to share with the world. It is part of a wider ecosystem of 40 tools and 99 plugins dedicated to making working with structured data as productive as possible.
The Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Viewer (Viewer) is intended to provide an online atlas to support the Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (Report) that was mandated by Act 83, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi (SLH) 2014 and Act 32, SLH 2017. Please visit the Hawaiʻi Climate Change Portal website to view the full report and for more information on climate mitigation and adaptation. The Viewer is intended to provide map data depicting projections for future hazard exposure and assessing economic and other vulnerabilities due to rising sea levels.
The Electricity Maps company provides organizations and governments with actionable data quantifying how carbon intensive electricity is on an hourly basis across 50+ countries. The data can be accessed historically, in real time, or as a forecast for the next 24 hours. You can also explore the real time data on the Electricity Maps app. For personal, non-commercial, and educational projects, there is an API that allows you to access a restricted amount of data for free.
Sites of Shame traces the paths of Japanese Americans forced into camps during WWII. During World War II, more than 125,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry were held without trial in a complex network of detention sites throughout the U.S. Over two-thirds of those imprisoned were U.S. citizens.Forty years later, the U.S. government determined that the incarceration was wrong and President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. While many of the physical sites have faded into the landscape, their history serves as a reminder of the fragility of our democracy.
Native Land. Native Land Digital is a Canadian not-for-profit organization, incorporated in December 2018. It is designed to be Indigenous-led, with an Indigenous Board of Directors who oversee and direct the organization. For a fuller explanation of the map and language resources, consult the Native Land Resources page.
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