Below is a screen shot that I created from an article in the Washington Post, titled "Where America's developed areas are growing".
I'm showing the Sycamore-DeKalb, Illinois cities. I spent 5th grade through high school in Sycamore, graduating from HS in 1964. I left for college in the fall of 1964 and while my family lived there until 1992, I later made my home in the Chicago region. Thus, I've watched this population growth with interest over the past 30 years.
I used this example to demonstrate the interactive feature of the Washington Post article. Type in any zip code in the bar at the top of the map and you'll get a map showing that location, with the purple shading showing population growth in that area between 2001 and 2019.
This is just one platform that I point to in this blog, demonstrating ways to visualize data and share it via newspaper and Internet articles.
I've used this blog since 2008 and the Tutor/Mentor blog, since 2006, to share map-stories with the goal of drawing attention to the information, then using the information to develop strategies that draw resources into the areas where the maps show help is needed.
I've been collecting links to data platforms for many years and while I point to some from articles on this blog, I created this concept map, to point to many more. And while many major media are creating some fantastic map stories, I don't find many bloggers talking about using their data maps for specific purposes, the way I've been doing.
Thus, I'm pleased to point to a new site being hosted by Adam Hecktman, who has been part of the ChiHackNight group for many years, in his role with Microsoft. Look at the Tweet below and visit Adam's new site. I'm please that this MappingforJustice blog is the first on the site. I hope there will be many more in the coming months.