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National Arboretum Launches Explorer for Touring and Research

With over 440 acres of trees, shrubs and plants, as well as a massive collection of plant records and specimens, the U.S. National Arboretum can be an overwhelming place for first-time visitors and skilled researchers alike.  Beginning this month, however, guests can plan their Arboretum visit in advance using a new web mapping application developed…  Read More

Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is launching two powerful online mapping applications that offer unprecedented capabilities to support industry and government efforts to achieve more sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia.  The Suitability Mapper helps users find potential sites for sustainable palm oil production, using a customizable map. It empowers companies and government planners to…  Read More

Identifying and Understanding Changes to Protected Areas

Conservation policy assumes that national parks and other protected areas are permanent fixtures on the landscape, but recent World Wildlife Fund (WWF) research demonstrates that these precious natural resources are at risk.  To understand and address the changes happening to existing protected areas, WWF worked with Blue Raster to develop PADDDtracker.org, an online portal that uses spatial…  Read More

IUCN Threatened Species Now Available via ArcGIS Online

Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, announced the immediate availability of species data on ArcGIS Online.  Aligned with their mission to “influence society to conserve nature and natural resources in an equitable and sustainable manner”, IUCN…  Read More

Introducing the School Boundaries Geodatabase

It is an exciting year for the School District Demographics System (SDDS), which was developed by Blue Raster for the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  There are many new data updates including an initial release of School Boundary files.  The announcement was made at the Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego…  Read More

MOBILE APP MODELS HIV PREVENTION STRATEGIES AND OUTCOMES

Each year, nations spend millions of dollars on efforts to prevent HIV infections without completely understanding the most effective ways to allocate these funds.  To equip health officials and policymakers with effective decision-making tools, Avenir Health worked with Blue Raster to develop the Goals Express: HIV Impact Tool, a new tablet app for iPad and Android…  Read More

Geocoding Our Nation’s Schools – NCES Stats-DC 2012

Blue Raster’s Adrienne Allegretti presented Geocoding Our Nation’s Schools at the 2012 NCES Stats-DC Data Conference in Washington DC. Geocoding Our Nation’s Schools – Blue Raster NCES Stats-DC 2012 Presentation View more PowerPoints from Blue Raster.

School District Demographics System (SDDS) Goes Mobile!

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics turned to Blue Raster to enhance the content and accessibility of their School District Demographics System (SDDS) by deploying it to mobile devices.  Using ArcGIS Server 10.1 and JavaScript API 3.0, our team developed this HTML5 application to run in a tablet browser (Apple iPad Safari…  Read More

New Tools Help Forest Legality Alliance Reduce Illegal Logging

The Forest Legality Alliance, a joint effort of the World Resources Institute and the Environmental Investigation Agency, partnered with Blue Raster and others around the world to release two new web tools to help in their efforts to reduce illegal logging by supporting the supply of legal forest products. The recent focus on illegal logging has made people…  Read More

Green Belt Movement Maps Progress of Community-Based Tree Planting in Kenya

With the launch of their new website, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) is sharing the good news about forest restoration in Kenya using a new web mapping tool developed by Blue Raster.  The GBM Impact Map is an interactive application that charts the progress of GBM’s tree planting initiative, which mobilizes Kenyan communities to start…  Read More


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