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Nepal Relief Map- immappler.com/nepalrelief

Our team at Vertices created a community map that will help the people of Nepal and those there assisting with relief. This map found on immappler.com/nepalrelief, provides a quick and easy way for earthquake victims to add information about the aid they need. By making a visual public map, earthquake relief teams and individuals can see where and what type of aid is needed in a specific area.

We used information from quakemap.org and created a map using our program Mappler. We determined different aid categories that will help the people of Nepal and added need to know variables such as if victims of the disaster need water, food, shelter, or medical aid. We continually add new information to the site, and those in Nepal can add their own data to the map as well. People in the area can either log in and create an account or just sign in as a guest, and are then able to quickly fill out the information they want to be made public. This map makes it easy to see what areas need help and with what exactly they need help with. This horrific disaster has damaged large areas, and injured and killed many people. The Vertices team hopes this map makes it easier to help those in need! Please share the link on social media to spread the word- immappler.com/nepalrelief

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Allergy Forecast- Pollen.com

Personally, my allergies have been horrible so far! I recently heard that pollen this year is worst then it has been in recent seasons. Taking a good allergy medicine is key, but you can also protect yourself by being knowledgeable about the pollen count in your area. I found an allergy forecast map on Pollen.com that shows you the allergy levels in your given area across the United States. You can look at the general prediction for each state on the site which is colored coded- green for low, light green for low-medium, yellow for medium, orange for medium-high, and red for high. Also you can click your state or area of desire for a more detailed report. Once you click the state, you can enter your zip code or pick your city on the drop down menu.

Screen shot 2015-05-13 at 11.49.42 AMCheck out the site on Pollen.com or click here. Thanks pollen.com for the helpful map!

Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Click here to see the site. Contact gis@vertices.com

EDF & Google Earth- Mapping Outreach for Natural Gas Leaks

I came across this really interesting new mapping initiative on the Environmental Defense Fund’s site, that maps natural gas leaks, mostly methane, in cities across the US. This outreach is a collaboration of EDF and Google Earth, which is using “specially equipped Google Street View cars” to collect information. This project is still in it’s start-up stage, so there are only a few cities but more are being added and you can also nominate your city.

The map shows the areas of methane leaks and indicates whether the leak has a low, medium or high impact on the environment. It is color coordinated and easy to understand. Seeing all the points of interest across the mapped cities of Boston, Syracuse, Staten Island, Indianapolis, and Burlington, make you think what it happening in your closet city.

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Here is the map for Boston! Check out the other cities and nominate yours! Go to http://www.edf.org/climate/methanemaps/city-snapshots or click here.

Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Information from http://www.edf.org. Contact gis@vertices.com

Earth Day Community Map!

Our Vertices team created an Earth Day map so everyone and anyone can share what they think makes this planet beautiful! All you have to do is go outside and snap a picture of what you think makes this planet awesome and upload it on the site.

Today on Earth Day, log onto earthdaymap.com from your phone or computer as a guest or create an account. Input your location, choose the category that best represents your photo, upload the picture (example: tree, flower, animal, insect, sunset, etc.), then add a short comment about your data. The time and date will be automatically added in by our mapping program Mappler!

Let’s see how many data points around the US and even the world we can map. So go outside and share your view of this amazing planet!

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National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities- Future Funding Announcement

“The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) intends to promote the first of several planned NIMHD Precision Medicine initiatives by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for new Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research focused on examining the potential for integrative precision medicine approaches to help improve minority health and reduce or eliminate health disparities. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. This new TCC FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015. The FOA will use the U54 cooperative agreement award activity code.” (grants.nih.gov)

  • For more information on this future grant opportunity click here
  • Contact Nishadi Rajapakse for more information & help- Nishadi Rajapakse, PhD, MHS National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Telephone: 301-496-4338 Email: chandima.rajapakse@nih.gov

Everydayhealth.com Flu Map

EverydayHealth.com posted a flu map of the United States to show flu-risk trends and predictions. You can either click on your state and county or enter your zip code to see how your area rates. The map is color coded with mild risk and predictions colored white, moving to moderate risk with a turquoise color, then leading to severe with pinks and then red as the most dangerous.

Screen shot 2015-03-30 at 11.51.34 AM“Our methodology takes into account current and historical CDC data, rising and falling interest in flu on social media and in online searches, and local and regional weather information. The flu map predicts flu severity county by county across the United States so you can plan ahead and take precautions to avoid the flu – both at home and in places where you plan to travel” (everydayhealth.com)

Go and check out the map by Everyday Health!

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

New Jersey Pothole Map

After all of this bad weather we have had here in New Jersey, the roads are a mess with potholes. To help drivers along their route, this map will point out all the pothole hazards on the road, with the help of the public. PotholeMapping.com is a grassroots community mapping initiative by Justin E. Auciello(@auciello) and Dr. Wansoo Im. Anyone can contribute pothole location information from an Apple or Android device using the site, or from your computer. Just login under one-time guest, select Add Data, distinguish the pothole’s location by either clicking my location or find address, then fill in the information about the pothole in each category that has an asterisk. Additional comments and your name can also be added, and the time and date of your data will automatically be determined by Mappler. Once you are done adding in all of the information click submit, and your data point will appear on the map!

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Visit the site and add any potholes that you see. Community participation leads to community awareness !

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact gis@vertices.com

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