NATO HQ Launches Interactive Web Map Based on Esri Technology

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has just released “NATO on Duty,” an interactive, multi-media web map based on Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) software.

“The purpose of the map is to illustrate to the general public the wide-range of NATO’s work, both in terms of geography and in terms of the activities we carry out,” says Pino Nobile, Geo Section head at NATO headquarters. “Relatively few people understand how complex, widespread, and active NATO is across many different fields. The map is intended to show them in a simple, and graphic way what NATO does, and why we do it.”

Esri’s ArcGIS Online web platform and NATO data were used to develop this easy-to-use map. The map includes NATO’s current operations, missions, and allies & partners, as well as video highlights, and feature stories about NATO members. NATO on Duty also details the organization’s command structure.

People Can Now Easily View NATO Activities, Operations, Partners, Video, and More

People Can Now Easily View NATO Activities, Operations, Partners, Video, and More

You can view NATO on Duty at

Official announcement

AIDSVu Maps Depict Impact of HIV in Denver Metro Area

Some new mapping for the Denver Metro area from the AIDSVu project out of Emery University. AIDSVu is a compilation of online maps that display HIV prevalence data across the U.S. at the national, state and local levels, and by different demographics, including age, race and sex. The maps pinpoint areas of the country where the rates of people living with an HIV diagnosis are the highest.

AidsVuAIDSVu Denver CO metro area

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Beer Maps and more! Interactive Maps from Esri Add Geographic Context to the Super Bowl

Some super bowl mapping fun from Esri… Are you ready for the big game? In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, we’ve created a pair of maps that provide different views into the NFL’s annual championship game. These maps are available for the media to embed or share as part of your Super Bowl and sports coverage. You can even view a map showing the areas of the country (USA) where beer spending for Super Bowl Sunday is most likely!

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Utah is Not Only Gorgeous But Their #OpenGov State Web Portal is Awesome!

Kudos to the State of Utah on their awesome web portal and for being recognized for excellence in web design and serving the population with an internet gateway that is complete awesome! The State was even recognized recently with a VEMA award for excellence – the VEMA Award recognizes outstanding work of the innovative, artistic, and creative professionals involved in the multimedia arts. See Wins Award for Excellence in Multimedia Arts and Creativity

From the get-go, when hitting the site you know that you’ve hit something special! The front page is informative, reactive, and yet not too over the top. The search functionality is front and center, giving the site a Bing-like look and feel. All the required navigation and info is found along a top ribbon including friendly drop-down navigation options.

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Build your own vector based web map of rivers in the contiguous 48 states

You may have already seen this infographic making the rounds on various social media channels. The visual is a stunning look at all of the hydrographic features in America and indeed it is quite impressive. But what you may not have seen is what’s behind the scenes and how to make this webmap for yourself!  The map was produced by Nelson Minar (@nelson) and he’s documented his experience in details on his blog, furthermore, the entire project and everything you need to know to create it for yourself is on Github

About the project… “This project contains everything you need from start to finish to make a vector based web map of American rivers in the contiguous 48 states. This demonstration map is neither particularly beautiful nor complex, but it is a complete example of how to build a web map using tiled vector data into a web map. The source code is open source you are encouraged to read and tinker with. There are three parts to the project: data preparation, HTTP serving of vector tiles, and clients that render maps”

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

Webmaps – National Geologic map database serves up geologic maps of the US

I’m a huge fan of geologic maps and so I was pretty stoked to poke around in the newly updated National Geologic map database from the USGS. This awesome WMS enables you to quickly pan around the US in search of amazing geologic maps for quick preview or download. The MapView component ( of the project is particularly impressive.  Simply zoom to an area of interest, notice the map grid that appears, click on any grid cell, then explore and download a geologic map in a number of formats (GeoTIFF, PDF, JPG) . Coincidentally, Joseph Kerski of Esri (was with USGS) has also just blogged about the resource. Joseph commented, “the NGMDB, through its Geoscience Map Catalog, provides access to more than 89,000 maps and reports by more 630 publishers. More than 23,000 of these publications are geologic maps.”

This from the USGS… This is the first stage in a complete redesign of the NGMDB.  All other aspects of the site will be addressed in the months ahead.  While the redesign will mark a significant milestone for the geologic map database, the project’s main focus will continue undeterred – that is, to make the NGMDB even more comprehensive and useful to the public. See more details, National Geologic Map Database Gets a Face Lift

Source: via Glenn on Pinterest

Amazing Street View WebMap of National Parks from @Nature_Valley

Wow, I’m simply loving this one! During my morning crawl around the web for interesting “Geo” news announcements I was surprised to notice a little gem from of all companies, Nature Valley – yes indeed, the guys who make those awesome, healthy bars that you may have enjoyed. Interesting to note, have you ever checked out their website at  It’s actually quite impressive to see the focus on nature, the outdoors and geography… oh, there’s also some info about their products buried there too! Back to the news.. so today the company has announced details of Nature Valley Trail View, a visually stunning and immersive experience for outdoor enthusiasts to plan trips and explore trails.. hundreds of miles of trails.  At the heart of the web service is an impressive WMS and stunning imagery, loads of it!  Pan around the map, zoom in to view hiking trails, get information about interesting places and POIs, click on icons and view stunning photos and videos (300 miles of trail videos) … this is truly awesome.

This is a terrific example of taking GIS and Geo technology to the masses and to the mainstream for a practical business use. This isn’t about GIS or Geo Technology, rather, this is just another fine example of how the Geo professionals can think about unlocking their valuable Geo data and serving it up in an innovative way for a client that you may not have considered approaching. Check out this video where Trail View was announced at SXSW and of note, see Pete Cashmore (Mashable) comments… kind of funny I think how Cashmore almost implies that Nature Valley has invented a great idea here! Perhaps a wakeup call as to how GIS professionals have really locked up their data and apps and now mainstream business are getting much attention and accolades for implementing technology that you’ve all worked on for many years but have never really told the World about!

Check out the resource at and explore the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Park, and the Great Smokey Mountains. – See also this video from SXSW

For complete details See – Nature Valley Launches First Ever Street-View Style National Parks Experience

Video – Tim O’reilly The Power of Platforms from Web 2.0 to Gov 2.0

The internet operating system is a data operating system… Via Esri videos, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, explores the notion of the Internet becoming an Operating System with subsystems and applications that deliver services and the importance of data as the foundation of the future. O’reilly recognizes how mapping professionals have been living in the future for many years now… cool!

Dartmouth Health Atlas Project – Mapping Health Trends and Stats

For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.

This web site provides access to all Atlas reports and publications, as well as interactive tools to allow visitors to view specific regions and perform their own comparisons and analyses. These tools have helped other groups create reports like those listed on our Case Studies page. See