Mapping and mashup tools
a free, easy-to-use web service that automatically maps news from any RSS feed.
many people are primarily interested in information from a specific country or city and Rssmapper makes it extremely easy to show your - or someone else’s - information on a map. In doing so, Rssmapper will be as precise as the location information in the RSS feeds. This can be a country, a town or a part of a city – basically anything that Google Maps will recognize.
powerful desktop software to create three-dimensional maps of the world onto which you can overlay your own information.
even simple visualisations with Google Earth look impressive. This is also the reason why so many news organizations use Google Earth on TV.
desktop software which can turn Geographic Information System (GIS) based data into beautiful thematic maps.
once you have grasped the basics, being creative is more easy in TileMill then in Google Maps or Google Fusion Tables. While the Google products are excellent for specific purposes such as simple heat maps, TileMill gives you much more flexibility in the design of your maps. However, initially the learning curve for TileMill is steeper than in these consumer-oriented products. Take a look at the examples to get a better idea of what is possible with TileMaps.
a free tool that automatically extracts content from websites and publishes it in different formats which you can reuse.
you can create data feeds for websites that don’t offer a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed or whose feed is too general for your purposes.
You could for example create an RSS feed for the “Visualisation and Resources” page of “Drawing by Numbers” (see images for how this would be done) and then embed that feed on your blog.
a free online tool that enables you to grab, mix and filter data before displaying the results in feeds, lists or on maps.
you can take data feeds from multiple sources, merge them with Yahoo pipes into one feed, filter the information and then use the results as a new source for any application that can accept data feeds.
For example: you could grab all Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds for police reports from around the country, filter them by keywords in the headline such as “drugs” or “prostitution” and then add the result as a new RSS feed to a Ushahidi installation so that the reports can be mapped.
NEW WORKTHROUGH showing how we created a heat map.
it's easy to use and will accept most types of data you enter into it. Unlike Google Maps it can handle thousands of plot points by blurring points together into larger points that can illustrate particular concentrations in certain locations.
a website to collect, show and share information about a series of events like an election or a crisis as it unfolds in real time, or after the fact.
it's specifically design to show data about events and incidents, and you can create a map very quickly by using Crowdmap, a service provided by Ushahidi.
a free online map of the world, created by it users.
you can search the map for the street, town or country you want and then download a map of it that you can change myself.
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