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About Mapping Results: Communities are finding that geographic information systems are powerful management and communications tools; Boost4Kids partners are putting them work to get better results for children. Key examples and resources follow.

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides users with the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources. You can use American FactFinder to select data tabulations and maps from the data sets available in the system. You can find a profile of selected social, economic, or housing characteristics for states, cities, counties, congressional districts, and more.

Baltimore City Data Collaborative

Building on previous data efforts, the Baltimore City Data Collaborative was established in May, 1998 to provide data, analysis, and evaluation support for the activities of the Family League of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Safe & Sound Campaign, as well as to serve as a resource for the city as a whole.

Bureau of the Census

The Bureau of the Census “Current Population Survey” (CPS) contains detailed health insurance statistics by state. This site provides access to reports and tables that can be used to measure changes in health insurance coverage of low-income families. Researchers can access the statistical data and create their own reports.

Cartographic Concepts (PowerPoint)

"Cartography has been described as the meeting place of Science and Art. The primary purpose of a map is to convey information or to “get across” a geographical concept or relationship. On the other hand, one of the cartographer’s chief concerns is to keep from producing an ugly map.

Census 2000 Initial Response Rates

This site will be updated daily, including weekends, beginning March 27, 2000 to April 11, 2000 with a final posting on April 18, 2000. Below are Initial Response Rates for the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico along with state and American Indian Area menu boxes for customized searches.

Community 2020 information

Community 2020TM software is an exciting new desktop geographic information system (GIS) that is powerful, yet easy to use. It is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Caliper Corporation. Community 2020 brings to life an extensive array of demographic, economic, and HUD program data in the form of vivid, intelligent maps. The software facilitates a better understanding of the character of a neighborhood, city, or state.

Community YouthMapping

Community YouthMapping is young people canvassing their neighborhoods in search of places to go and things to do. Young people called mappers canvass their neighborhoods, using a survey tool, to gather baseline information on the resources available for young people, children and families in their communities. The Center defines resources as places to go, opportunities and things to do.

Community/Federal Information Partnership

A presentation by Dr. Mark Schaefer, U.S. Department of Interior, on a Community/Federal Information Partnership that aims to advance the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The slides contain information on GIS and Community Demonstration Projects, including Baltimore, MD, and San Diego, CA.

County Demographic and Economic Profiles for Your State

The US Census Bureau has developed a map that allows users to click on their individual county and get demographic and economic profiles.

Crime Mapping Research Center at the National Institute of Justice

Established in 1997, the goal of the Center is the promotion, research, evaluation, development, and dissemination of GIS (geographic information systems) technology and the spatial analysis of crime.

Enterprise GIS in Health and Social Service Agencies - An ESRI White Paper, July 1999

This white paper is intended to assist decision makers in health and social service agencies by providing (1) a definition of geographic information system (GIS) and enterprise GIS and the benefits and issues of GIS in the health and social service arena and (2) a description of the planning process needed to establish enterprise GIS in a given organization. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this document.)

ERSI Library of GIS links

Starting here, you can visit interesting GIS application sites, gather helpful information from other ESRI users and connect with GIS people in your area.

ESRI and Leica Announce Funding for State/Local GIS/GPS

ESRI and Leica will provide software, hardware, and training in an amount totaling $18,900, to ten state or local governments within the United States for projects that demonstrate increased efficiencies in collecting data for decision support or increased productivity in delivering government services.

ESRI Home Page

ESRI is a leading provider of GIS software.

ESRI: Geography Matters to Health

Most problems facing the world and health today--environmental, economic, political, social--exist in a geographic context and any analysis must consider that. Understanding issues ranging from epidemiology to access to healthcare providers requires understanding the geographic context of these issues. The ESRI health industry offerings provides health professionals with the resources to meet their unique challenges.

Federal Geographic Data Committee

The Federal Geographic Data Committee coordinates the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data. The site houses the Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, a collection of over 100 spatial data servers, that have digital geographic data primarily for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), image processing systems, and other modeling software.


More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

Florida Department of Education: Florida School Indicators Report

The Florida School Indicators Report is designed as a ready-reference guide providing data on every school for each of Florida’s 67 school districts. The report allows quick comparisons between schools and districts using a single source. Figures are compiled from the Department of Education’s automated student, staff, and finance databases using data reported by the school districts.

Free Web Seminars on GIS from MapInfo

These educational forums will fuel your imagination and help you see how to apply mapping and demographic analysis tools to your organization.

Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse

The Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse was established in March 1996 by the Information Technology Policy Council of Georgia and implemented by the University System of Georgia, with funding provided by the State of Georgia. The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to collect, document, format, and publish GIS information collected by multiple agencies of Georgia state government.

Innovative Summer Youth Employment Program: Teens Become Inner City Mappers

A great article in ArcNews Online. Initiated by the Greater Eastside Community Association, this unique, collaborative GIS project had three basic objectives. The first objective was to provide summer employment for inner-city youth; the second was to teach them marketable job skills; and the third was to have them provide a service for their community by mapping Brownfields in Flint and Genesee County, Michigan.

Kids Count

KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. The site contains custom graphs, maps, rankings, state profiles, and more!

Mecklenburg County Community Needs Survey

The survey is designed to measure the extent of unmet human services needs and to provide demographic characteristics of Mecklenburg County residents with those unmet needs.

Meta-Indexes for State and Local Government Information

This site, provided as a resource by the Library of Congress, contains links to information from state and local governments.

Midwest Research Institute Outcome Indicators Management

Midwest Research Institute (MRI) has developed a proprietary software system, CIRES™, that establishes a new standard of ease for working with outcome indicators data sets. CIRES (Computerized Indicator Retrieval and Evaluation System) is a Windows™-based program that makes it possible for analysts to quickly retrieve data and produce tables, graphs, and maps with the click of a button.

National Association of Counties (NACo) - Information Technology

NACo's Information Technology projects assist counties in the development of services and projects related to information technology, information systems and technical standards as well as providing resources to additional information and technology vendors. Curent NACo Information Technology projects include GIS.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Survey of technology in counties

NACo commissioned the random survey of 501 county governments to examine how well counties use information technology. The survey found that the nation’s smallest counties, especially those below 50,000 population, are least likely to provide interactive services for citizens on the Internet and are least likely to have adopted policies and ordinances governing Internet activity.

National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty focuses on three enduring and interdependent sets of mission-driven activities: 1) Defining the nature, scope, and impact of young child poverty; 2) Identifying and evaluating strategies to improve the lives of young children in poverty and to reduce the young child poverty rate; and 3) Communicating facts about young child poverty and promoting strategies to reduce the young child poverty rate and help children overcome the risks associated with poverty.

National Science Foundation Research Grant for GIS

program announcement from the National Science Foundation for a research grant that would support community programs using large geospatial data sets to improve decision making.

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

NSGIC is an organization of States committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of information technology. The NSGIC membership includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in geographic information systems (GIS), and data and information technology policy. This site includes State contacts, conference information, and useful state and federal links.


OpenGIS is defined as transparent access to heterogeneous geodata and geoprocessing resources in a networked environment. The goal of the OpenGIS Project is to provide a comprehensive suite of open interface specifications that enable developers to write interoperating components that provide these capabilities.

PlanGraphics, Inc, Helps with GIS and Related Technologies

PlanGraphics, Inc., is the leading international designer and implementor of GIS and related technologies. Since 1979, PlanGraphics has helped hundreds of government, utility, and industry clients manage the technical and institutional challenges of successfully automating geographic information.

Portland State University Child Welfare Partnership

This Interactive Graphing Program contains three categories of Benchmarks data including People, the Economy and Quality of Life.

Public Health GIS News and Information

The bimonthly, electronic newsletter Public Health GIS News and Information is available free of charge through e-mail to anyone interested in using geographic information systems (GIS) in the public health arena.

Rural Public Transportation Operators

What Texas is doing about rural transportation issues. Includes interactive map providing information about rural transportation in specific areas.

State GIS Contacts

Searching for GIS leaders in a State? Go to the National States Geographic Information Council's page on State GIS Contacts.

Tools for Community Design and Decision-Making

U.S. Department of Energy's broad-based solicitation for information dissemination.

Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER)

TIGER sources, vendors, releases, FAQs and other information.

University GIS Consortium

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit organization of universities and other research institutions dedicated to advancing our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved theory, methods, technology, and data.

Vermont Children's Well-Being Online

This Mapping System enables the public to interactively map the key indicators of children's well-being in Vermont by county, school supervisory union, and by school. Much of what is mapped here has been extracted from the Vermont DOE 1998 School Report, and the Vermont AHS 1997-98 Community Profiles. We have also included additional links on the map to county social/economic indicator tables, which have been provided by the UVM Center for Rural Studies (CRS).

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