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Penn State GIS Day

Penn State Graduates Stephen Ansari (Earth Science, 1998) and Chris Gabris (Geography, 2009) are proud to share a Blue Raster Story about GIS helping reduce illegal fires in Indonesia and aiding the world’s commitment to sustainable and responsible supply chains for consumer goods. This video will weave together the perils of illegal fires, the growing…  Read More

TNC Story Map: Planting Healthy Air

By 2050, the majority of humanity will live in cities, towns, and other urban areas. Among the most pressing of global urban environmental challenges is air quality. In cities, the most damaging air pollutant is particulate matter (PM), but another pressing problem cities face is heat: the air is simply so hot in summer that…  Read More

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

REL Midwest Releases New EdMaps

This year, REL Midwest EdMaps launched two new story maps analyzing education trends in the Midwest. With the ArcGIS Online Map Journal template, the story maps naturally walk through the narrative behind the maps. The first story map, Advanced Placement (AP) Program Participation explores the expansion of the AP Program, a College Board offering giving high school students…  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

Unless We Act Now: UNICEF

Blue Raster is proud to announce a collaboration with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to contribute to Unless We Act Now: The Impact of Climate Change on Children – a report published by UNICEF at the annual Conference of Parties (COP21), also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. COP21 is a renowned conference that brings…  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


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