Mapping Discord: Creating a Primer on the Arab WorldBy SARAH KAVANAGH and HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO Overview | Why is there much turmoil in the Arab world right now? What are the key issues facing the nations in that part of the globe? In this lesson, students create an annotated map of the Middle East and North Africa that includes information about five countries in the Arab world and then synthesize what they discover.
Indiana is participating in the National Broadband Program as a multi-year, multi-agency effort to map areas in the state that are currently served by the state’s 170+ broadband providers. The results from this will be integrated into a national broadband availability map, and will provide a solid foundation for future broadband deployment efforts at the state and national level.
“Broadband access supports our economy, attracts businesses, and enables Indiana to be globally competitive. It improves the quality of life for Hoosiers through better communication and learning,” says Jim Sparks Indiana Geographic Information Officer regarding Indiana’s participation. Read more
Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans brings us the United States of Shame Map. Whether it’s a fat population, high rate of STDs or excessive tax rate, it turns out that every state ranks dead last (or is it first?) in at least one unsavory category. A tongue-in-cheek perspective of our country’s greatest weaknesses, Jeff provides full references to his source data on his website.
Mapping departments within local and state government, education, non-profits and private industry use geographic information systems map data every day. In a 2008 survey of the Economic Benefits of the IndianaMap, 312 respondents told how they use GIS. Here are the top ten use-areas among the public and private sector—