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MEASURE DHS Launches the Spatial Data Repository

Blue Raster is pleased to announce the launch of the Spatial Data Repository (SDR), a  new open data tool that provides geographically-linked health and demographic data from the USAID funded MEASURE Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) project and the U.S. Census Bureau for mapping in a geographic information system (GIS). This new resource offers: National and subnational boundaries…  Read More

Rapid Response WebMaps – Indonesia Fires Case Study

News happens fast. Are you prepared (in a moments notice) to deliver a rapid response map to help illuminate an important news story or policy issue your organization focuses on? With their ArcGIS Online subscription, World Resources Institute was. Together using open data, we created a webmap to tell the story behind the Indonesia forest…  Read More

MEASURE DHS Mobile Featured in Adobe PhoneGap Success Story

Blue Raster is excited to announce the Demographic and Health Surveys – MEASURE DHS mobile application is featured in a new case study publication by Adobe. Leveraging Adobe PhoneGap and Adobe PhoneGap Build, Blue Raster developed and deployed the application which enables users worldwide to access key demographic and health survey data provided by MEASURE…  Read More

Phase II of eMammal Project ‘Captures’ Attention

Blue Raster is pleased to announce the completion of the second phase of eMammal, a collaboration between researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.   The objective of eMammal is to document the effect of recreational use of conservation areas on animal populations.  To help in the effort, citizen scientists…  Read More

Enhancing Press Releases with Interactive Story Maps

You can find press releases everywhere.  To increase the effect of an online press release, Blue Raster recommends including a story map, visually demonstrating the message with an approachable visual aid.  Here is a recent example of enhancing a text-only announcement with the power of a story map. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released, Census Bureau…  Read More

Aqueduct – Mapping Water Risk Around the Globe

Blue Raster and the World Resources Institute (WRI) recently launched the latest version of Aqueduct Atlas, helping businesses around the world understand the impacts of a sustainable water supply. The platform creates customizable, multi-variable maps that display twelve indicators of water risk in a given area, including groundwater stress levels, drought intensity, and flood occurrence. It…  Read More

New Department of Education Profile Viewer: Mapping Our Nation’s School District Demographics

Blue Raster and partner, Sanametrix, are pleased to present the Demographic Profile Viewer. This is the newest addition to the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) School District Demographics System (SDDS). It provides: Policymakers, education professionals, and the public a unique way to better understand patterns in our school systems. Visualization of key demographic data…  Read More

Increasing Forest Transparency in the Congo Basin

Current information relating to land rights, agriculture, and forestry in Cameroon is now easily accessed with the development of the Cameroon Interactive Forest Atlas, produced by Blue Raster in collaboration with the World Resources Institute. The Atlas combines the use of remote sensing, mapping, and ground-truthing to monitor and manage forests. Stakeholders can access timely…  Read More

Mapping the Global Adoption of Digital Media

The explosion of digital media has created new ways to distribute news and information with global audiences. Events in almost any location can be shared immediately with citizens in the remote corners of the developing world.  Although this digital revolution holds promise for organizations that support freedom of expression and balanced news coverage, it also…  Read More

eMammal – A Citizen Scientist Camera Trapping Project

eMammal is a project where citizen scientists work in collaboration with researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to document mammals throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and soon, the entire country. Citizen volunteers place “camera traps”, infrared activated cameras, across the landscape in parks and other natural areas to collect photos…  Read More


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