Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Chicago Shootings - Use Map to Mobilize Resources

In the articles on this blog and the Tutor/Mentor blog I repeatedly show how maps can be embedded in stories that show what happened, where it happened, and what people can do to help prevent it from happening again in the future. Below is an interactive map, hosted on the DNAinfo web site, showing shootings in Chicago since January 2010. 

Use this and other interactive mapping platforms to show areas of Chicago where high concentrations of poverty lead to a multitude of problems and where volunteer, donor and public support are needed to help residents overcome those problems.

Using the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, created in 2008, people have been able to zoom into neighborhoods, build overlays showing poverty, tutor/mentor programs (if any) and assets who could be helping programs grow in the area. 

While the Program Locator is not updated due to financial challenges, this "how to create a map story" guide, can still be useful, showing how map stories can be created using any of the data platforms that are now available. 

If you're creating stories using maps, post a link to your stories in the comment section below. 

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