Tag: tilemill

by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of delegates from government, civil society, and business gathered in Brasilia recently for the first [Open Government Partnership meetings](http://www.opengovpartnership.org/Brasilia2012) since the inception of this initiative. Transparency, accountability, and open data as fundamental building blocks of a new, open form of government were the main issues debated. With the advent of these meetings, we took [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

We recently released [MapBox Streets](http://mapbox.com/tour/#maps), a zoomable web map of the world that’s powered entirely by open data through the [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/) project. Our main focus with MapBox Streets was to provide a beautiful street map alternative to the ones normally seen online, primarily Google Maps, and to make it incredibly easy for people to start [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

[TileMill](http://mapbox.com/tilemill), the free and open-source design studio for creating beautiful web maps, is now available for [download on Windows](http://mapbox.com/tilemill/#windows/). With the latest release, the map-making tool is fully operational on the three leading operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux. With Windows still dominating the marketplace, this is a huge development that will open the door [...] more »

by AJ Ashton

Mapping can be as much about choosing what data not to include as to include, so you can best focus your audience on the story you are telling. Oftentimes with data visualization projects, the story isn’t about the streets or businesses or parks, but rather about the data you’re trying to layer on the map. [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

For this week’s [climate meetings in Durban](http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/), the World Bank [released a series of maps](http://climate4development.worldbank.org/) showing the predicted impact of climate change on the world between now and 2100. The data is dismal. If climate change continues unmitigated as it has for the past century, temperatures around the world will increase 5 degrees Celsius (9 [...] more »

by Eric Gundersen

This week I’m at [Innovation Lab Pakistan](http://pk.innolab.info/), helping train journalists and media activists from Pakistan and Afghanistan on how to better leverage technology in their stories and media advocacy. We’ve blogged before about how maps can quickly tell the story behind complex issues like the [famine in the Horn of Africa](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/08/using-maps-to-make-sense-of-the-unimaginable-in-the-horn-of-africa238.html) and [violence against journalists [...] more »

by Sean Dalby

If you maintain a database of the work your organization does, then you need to be able to learn from that information and communicate about your data effectively. Data visualizations do this quickly and efficiently. Development Seed, which helps organizations use data to explain complex issues and make better decisions, recently worked with [A Wider [...] more »

by Eric Gundersen

Development Seed recently launched horn.wfp.org, a mapping tool that visualizes one of the worst famines in recent history that’s unfolding in the Horn of Africa. We did this project in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the United Nations, to leverage data from the humanitarian community to better communicate [...] more »

by Paul Goodman

In May I worked with Plan Benin to improve its Violence Against Children (VAC) reporting system. The system uses FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi to collect and visualize reports of violence against children. Ushahidi develops open-source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. While in Benin, I was frustrated by the lack of local data available [...] more »

by AJ Ashton

One of our favorite collaborative open data projects is [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org). We’ve [talked before](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/10/openstreetmaps-audacious-goal-free-open-map-of-the-world288.html) about the project’s goals, how its free and open nature is advantageous for non-profit and commercial applications alike, and how its open and near-real-time editing process is a major [advantage in rapidly changing situations](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/12/how-openstreetmap-helps-to-curb-haitis-cholera-epidemic342.html), from city construction projects to natural disasters. The [...] more »