Maps101 Election Center: Polling 2016

There are polling maps all over the place, but not many show how the polling has changed over the course of the last few weeks leading up to the election. Maps.com has created for our Maps101 subscribers a polling map that can be used in the classroom – or anywhere – to view how the race has evolved in the run up to election date tomorrow.


Maps101’s Election Center also include interactive primary maps, congressional district maps, election-focused infographics and Geography News Network articles.

Check it out here: Maps101 Election Center: Polling 2016


Election maps are telling you big lies about small things – Washington Post


In 2012, 160 counties cast about the same number of votes as the rest of the country. But, your run-of-the-mill election map won’t show you that.

Because electoral votes are based on voting population not land area, maps of election polls and results often provide a misleading view of the data. When mapped to a standard cartographic projection, the map will over emphasize the states with fewer electoral votes per square mile and underemphasize the high density areas. This is especially notable in the Northeast where high population with large amounts of electoral votes are diminished visually by the state’s small geographic size.

When looking at an election map to see proportionality, perhaps a cartogram would be better suited.


The Washington Post recently published a very interesting article on the topic that included these graphics and more. Want to learn more about the visual balance and perception of election maps? Read on (source): Election maps are telling you big lies about small things – Washington Post



‘Nobody calls it Czechia’: Czech Republic’s new name fails to catch on | World news | The Guardian

Six months after Czechia was adopted, citizens of central European country seem in little doubt over what it should be called. The locals aren’t buying it.

Czech Republic is still the official long form, and Czechia is meant as something of a short and informal nickname, like “the US” or “Britain.”  As far as mapping goes, our team of crack cartographic editors think we should stick with Czech Republic for now because it’s not “wrong” and we can always switch over if Czechia-mania sweeps the world.

Source: ‘Nobody calls it Czechia’: Czech Republic’s new name fails to catch on | World news | The Guardian


Advance Environmental Science Release

The public field-testing of the fifth GeoInquiry collection, GeoInquiries for Advanced Environmental Science and Biology is now open.  This collection is targeted at high school biology classrooms and includes 15 cross-curricular activities with ArcGIS Online. Activities include: 

  • Population dynamics
  • Megacities
  • Down to the last drop
  • Dead zones (water pollution)
  • The Beagle’s Path
  • Primary productivity
  • Tropical Deforestation
  • Marine debris
  • El Nino (and climate)
  • Slowing malaria
  • Altered biomes
  • Spinning up wind power
  • Resource consumption and wealth

The authoring team includes: Brandon Gillette, Perri Carr, and Roger Palmer.  Maps were created by authors and Maps.com.

You can explore the collection here: http://edcommunity.esri.com/Resources/Collections/APES_geoinquiries

A short story map for easy review of the collection is available at: http://arcg.is/1Ux3mpJ

If a teacher chooses to field test an activity, they need only submit their comments to the URL at the bottom of page two (on each geoinquiry). That URL is: http://esriurl.com/GeoInquiryFeedback

– See more at: https://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/2016/06/02/new-geoinquiry-collection-advanced-environmental-science-and-biology/#sthash.E6FgYLwk.dpuf


New GeoInquiry Launched


We are pleased to announce the public field testing of the fourth GeoInquiry collection, GeoInquiries for Grade 4 Interdisciplinary.  This collection is targeted at upper elementary classrooms and includes 15 cross-curricular activities supporting integrated science, social studies, math, and language arts with Esri’s ArcGIS Online Web-based mapping platform.

GeoInquiries are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts found in commonly used textbooks. Using an inquiry instructional model, GeoInquiries integrate ArcGIS Online technology to support subject matter content teaching. Lessons include learning objectives, technical “how-to’s”, textbook references, and formative whole-class assessment items – all packed into one page. These activities are technology agnostic and can be delivered in a classroom with as little as a tablet and a projector. Any teacher can use a GeoInquiry, regardless of their prior experience with digital mapping tools.

The authoring team for this collection includes: Mellissa Thom, Michael Wagner, and Anita Palmer.  Maps were created by authors and Maps.com.

You can explore the collection here:


A short story map has also been created for easy review of the collection: http://arcg.is/1TgiQkJ

Know a teacher who would like to field test? All they need to do is submit their comments to the URL at the bottom of page two (on each geoinquiry). That URL is: http://esriurl.com/GeoInquiryFeedback

Applying our expertise in the development of content for instructional products and continuing our commitment to developing products and content to engage learners and enhance achievement, Maps.com has created maps and data layers appropriate for use by teachers and students in the classroom. These data layers will be held and maintained by Maps.com and are available for use in other products, from interactive maps and apps to textbooks and atlases. Previous collections include High School US History and AP Human Geography. Stay tuned for the next collection: Advanced Environmental Science, coming very soon!

Intrigued by this technology and the data behind it? Want to learn more? Just give us a call, we’re here to help.


IMIA Americas MeetUP – Lakewood, CO June 14

If you are in the Denver area on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, please join us as the International Map Industry Association will be hosting a MeetUP from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the National Park Service offices in Lakewood, CO, just west of Denver.

Maps.com Director of Education and President of IMIA Americas, Bennett Moe, will be attending the International IMIA MeetUP in Denver on June 14. There will be ample networking time and this will be a great opportunity to meet and discuss mapping industry-related business with him, including how Maps.com continues to iterate on its leading cartography and geo-spatial application development in education and commercial sectors.

IMIA Americas MeetUP will be hosting a pair of panel discussions. Brian Fox will be hosting the first panel, focused on the various efforts underway in the Federal government to bring data together and make it available to government, industry partners and the public. Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for USGS’s National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National Map.

Federal Geospatial Data Consolidation Efforts

Efforts are currently underway to consolidate and improve geospatial data throughout the Federal Government. Land management agencies are actively bringing together data from their various local and regional offices, while the USGS is making some of this data available through The National Map. These efforts are helping to improve the quality and access to geospatial data. This panel will allow those attending the IMIA Denver MeetUP to better understand the data that is current and what will be available in the near future from various agencies of the Federal Government.

Robert Aiken
Geospatial Services Group Leader
USDA Forest Service

Nate Irwin
Leader of NPMap Team, Developer on NPMap.js
NPMap Builder, NPS Boostrap, Team Leader on Partner Projects
National Park Service

Greg Matthews
Point of Contact
U.S. Geological Survey

John C. Varner
Information Technology Specialist (Data Management)
Resource Data Branch, Bureau of Land Management [BLM]
United States Department of the Interior [DOI]

IMIA Americas invites you to attend its first MeetUP on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the National Park Service in Lakewood, Colorado. The MeetUP will provide an opportunity for leaders in the mapping industry to meet, network and be an active part in topical discussions and presentations.

Registration is complimentary for IMIA members and for non-members the registration fee is $40. Registration is required for all attendees prior to the event. Click here for the registration form.

For more information about the IMIA Americas MeetUP, please click on:http://imiamaps.org/meetup-denver.


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