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WISEmaps Puts New Focus on Wisconsin Education Data

Wisconsin educators, policy makers and parents now have a new way to visualize and analyze the state’s education data and trends.  WISEmaps is an interactive mapping application developed by Blue Raster in collaboration with REL Midwest (Midwest Regional Educational Laboratories) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), for the purpose of sharing Wisconsin education data with the public in a compelling way.

The application, which is part of DPI’s Wisconsin Information System for Education (WISE), was built by Blue Raster using Esri ArcGIS API for Flex.  WISEmaps gives citizens the opportunity to examine Wisconsin education and demographic statistics at the school, district, city or county level.  The data includes more than 5,000 indicators, including statistics regarding enrollment, math and reading assessments, and high school completion rates.

WISEmaps features a split screen function, which makes it easy for users to compare multiple maps, view trends across time, or identify correlations among datasets.  To enhance their maps, users can choose options such as color scheme, layer transparency and map type (street level, topographic, canvas or satellite imagery).  The customized maps can be exported as images or PDF files or shared via Twitter.



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Spatial Analysis to Prioritize and Protect Marine Areas

Conservation International (CI) partnered with Blue Raster to analyze and map an enormous marine species dataset—an initiative that will help CI prioritize areas that should be targeted for biodiversity conservation.  Marine biodiversity faces growing threats from climate change, run-off pollution and overfishing.  Coral reefs, for example, contain more than 25 percent of all marine species, but 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs are now threatened by human activities.  To confront these threats, CI is working with governments and conservation organizations worldwide to establish marine protected areas (MPAs).

To analyze CI’s dataset of more than 11,000 marine species, Blue Raster indexed spatial data using the c-squares system and then aggregated c-square values to a global hexagon layer, which covered the planet in around 200,000 equal-area hexagons.  Each hexagon was analyzed for marine species richness and rarity.  In total the database contained over 230,850,000 rows.

Using ArcGIS Desktop with ArcPy and Esri’s Spatial Analyst Extension, Blue Raster produced a data analysis that allows CI to identify places in the ocean with the highest species richness and areas most threatened by human activities, as well as those that are most pristine.  CI can also use the analysis to map areas with the most endemic species.  These maps will help CI pinpoint locations with the greatest need for designation as a marine protected area.

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