ArcGIS Online

Blue Raster at the White House AAPI Data Challenge

Blue Raster is excited to attend and present at the 2016 White House Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data Challenge & Convening on October 7th. The event highlights the importance of AAPI data and how it can be used to improve outcomes in areas including education, health, and civic participation. Christina Phang will tell the story — Language…  Read More

Putting Trees on the Map: Adventures at the 2016 Esri UC

The Blue Raster team had a fantastic time at the 2016 Esri User Conference in San Diego earlier this month! Highlights: Our booth visits were more exciting this year because of our campaign to plant a tree for everyone that pinned our map. Blue Raster is very proud to sponsor 526 trees to be planted in Tahoe National Forest…  Read More

ArcGIS Online Accelerate Training

We visited Austin, Texas last week to lead a second round of ArcGIS Online Accelerate training for the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Texas State Education Agency (TEA). We held a first round of hands-on training in August that covered the skills needed to create (and to teach others in creating) maps in ArcGIS…  Read More

Blue Raster Presents Emerging Hotspots of Global Tree Cover Loss

Blue Raster is excited to attend and present at the 2015 Earth Observation in the Cloud Demo Day on November 10th. Michael Lippmann and Jon Nordling will be presenting on our work with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Earth Observation Data. The talk will highlight how big data analysis provided by AWS is helping pinpoint emerging hotspots of tree cover…  Read More

Easy Data Collection for School Attendance Boundaries

Due to the widespread success of School Mapper for the 2013-2014 school year, it has now been released for the second round of data collection for the 2015-2016 school year. Built in collaboration with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Sanametrix, School Mapper provides District Superintendents the ability to add, update, and delete…  Read More

Three Compelling Story Maps for Agriculture Risk

We worked with Conservation International to upgrade their Vital Signs mapping applications. Using the Esri story map series template, we customized, optimized, and styled the atlases to reflect the mission and spirit of Vital Signs. Designed to provide risk management tools for agricultural development, the atlases feature new functionality including the ability to: Re-order layers Adjust transparency Download datasets Share…  Read More

The Hidden Cost of Suspension

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) new public awareness campaign, #RethinkDiscipline, Blue Raster launched The Hidden Cost of Suspension story map in partnership with Sanametrix. Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice have collected data on suspensions, expulsions, and other practices that remove students from instruction. To make their data comprehensible at a glance by…  Read More

Bear Basics – New Portal Into the World of Bears

Blue Raster has long recognized the importance of putting exploration tools into the hands of science enthusiasts. So we were excited to collaborate on a joint project with Bear Trust International, a non-profit dedicated to conservation education. As part of their STEM program, Bear Trust asked Blue Raster to create an engaging web lesson plan rooted in…  Read More

Fires in Indonesia Park seen with GFW Fires App

The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Global Forest Watch Fires is currently being used to respond to a massive outbreak of fires in Tesso Nilo National Park, Indonesia. The fires in the protected area began May 29, 2015 and have continued to burn since. In response, Blue Raster created the maps below using ArcGIS Online and a custom…  Read More

Visualizing Open Data’s Global Reach

Blue Raster worked with the Center for Open Data Enterprise to build a mapping application showcasing a centralized, searchable database of organizations using open data worldwide. The Open Data Impact Map makes it possible to explore open data-use trends through filters and visualizations and facilitates comparative analysis by country, region, or company use of data.…  Read More


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