Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

Local officials across the West should pay attention to what happened to one devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

Getting Ahead of Hurricanes With Data-Driven Evacuation Planning

A growing number of cities are looking to do more with transportation data analytics before disasters strike.

Can Data Defeat Gerrymandering?

Increasingly sophisticated mapping platforms have made redistricting easier—but data could also be the key to untangling the problem.

Using GIS Mapping for On-the-Ground Situational Awareness During the Eclipse

A massive influx of visitors to places along the “path of totality” is a public safety challenge and operational challenge.

New Mapping Tool Helps Chattanoogans Explore Their City’s Data

"Open data has a tremendous ability to break down barriers and empower communities,” according to Mayor Andy Berke.

How Mapping Disasters Can Help Devastated Communities Rally

The threat of more frequent and more intense natural disasters linked to climate change is forcing cities and states to change the way they prepare for, and recover from, events like tornadoes, forest fires, floods and hurricanes.

Data USA Relaunches With More State and Local Visualizations

Cities from Cincinnati to Phoenix have incorporated the information into their own platforms.

Visualizing Baltimore’s Food Deserts

By identifying where food access is poor, government agencies and nonprofits can better allocate resources.

An Astrophysicist Used NASA Data to Make an Insanely Detailed Map of U.S. Racial Diversity

The map—which allows users to zoom in and check out their neighborhoods—provides a previously unseen view of how the racial composition of neighborhoods is changing in the US.

Mapping Miami’s Flood Risk and Other Resiliency Challenges

An important question facing communities in South Florida: “How do we get the right information we need to inform changes in building codes and prioritizing infrastructure for investment?”

Improving Conservation Planning With GIS to Improve Water Quality

Mapping offers ways for governments to identify, prioritize and mark green infrastructure for preservation and rehabilitation.

Long Beach Tells Stories With New, Spatially Arranged Datasets

“We provide the raw data, but this gives residents the ability to see and understand datasets” that show how California’s sixth-largest city is evolving, according to Mayor Robert Garcia.

Municipal Insights That Involve More ‘Than Just Plotting Data Points on a Map’

Cincinnati has rolled out 14 interactive dashboards that are regularly updated and built upon the city’s open data portal.

Land Cover Data for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Just Got Way Better

New high resolution data for six states and Washington, D.C., is seen as a boon for efforts to cut down on pollutants in the nation’s largest estuary.

Going Where No Street View Has Gone Before

Santa Catalina Island, located southwest of Los Angeles, was a void on maps until a few enthusiasts armed with 360 cameras set about imaging its streets and noting mislabeled addresses.

How GIS and Drones Have Aided Hurricane Matthew Recovery Work

In South Carolina, mapping played a critical role in situational awareness and damage assessments before, during and after the extreme weather event.

Pittsburgh Launches New ‘Burgh’s Eye View’ Online Map Tool for City Data

The city plans to “open source” the computer code for the application in the coming weeks, offering a way for other local governments to replicate the project.

Navigator Award Finalists: Jim Sparks and Team, Indiana Geographic Information Office

Leading a state effort to successfully aggregate datasets from all of Indiana’s 92 counties.