Rhiza helps the Tides Foundation with the Never Ending Data Story

One of our customers, the Tides Foundation, recently partnered with Rhiza to analyze the impact of its grantmaking activities. Irene Kao, Project Manager for the Impact and Innovation Department at Tides talks about her experience of using Rhiza Upshot to bring their data to life to tell a continuous story that is meaningful, dynamic, and actionable in a recent blog…

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Wild Horses and Burros of the American West

Whenever I picture the American West as it was at the turn of the 20th century I always picture wee homesteads, rocky country, trucks with curved fenders, and big herds of wild horses. After watching the Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, I assumed that every last feral horse in the west had been rounded up long ago and…

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New on FluTracker: Flu Trending

The FluTracker map makes it easy to determine where clusters of swine flu are in relation to homes, businesses, and facilities. But what about flu information not tied to location, like the average number of new swine flu cases per day, the total growth in cases since the beginning of the epidemic, and the increase in reports of fatal cases„…

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June 17: The Environment’s Impact on You – Moderated by Rhiza CEO Josh Knauer

6:30PM @ NEW HAZLETT THEATER How does YOUR environment impact YOUR health„ What is more important – the products you use every day, or the effects of your outdoor surroundings„ We’ll review a typical day of two of our favorite citizens and 1. unveil the kinds of things they are exposed to every day – in their daily habits, their…

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Josh Knauer Tapped to Give Keynote Address at Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza Labs, will deliver the keynote address to attending GIS professionals, scholars, nonprofit and government staff at the 2009 Pennsylvania GIS Conference on May 19. His presentation will use the Information Commons to explain how social entrepreneurship in the geospatial community can stimulate new and useful thinking about data sharing. The conference, an outreach service of…

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Cool Tools: User-filtered biz news, tourism aggregation, brief map links, and geodata parties

Some more cool tools: BusinessWeek has launched Business Exchange, a user-filtered news aggregator separated into professional interest topics. (My personal favorite – the urban planning feed.) NYCGo has collected myriad New York City travel brochures into one interactive map so popular that heavy traffic crashed the site soon after it went live. [via New York Times City Room] “Some map…

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The Scouts’ Motto — on Data

After January’s airplane miracle on the Hudson, divers charged with retrieving the craft demonstrated a good reason for public agencies to maintain comprehensive, current public data — even if their immediate utility is not apparent: The divers who located the engine at the bottom of the Hudson River could see only a few inches in front of their masks, but…

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Cool Tools: Urban reinvestment, language acquisition, and daily letters to Obama

Obviously, Rhiza Labs makes the coolest participatory Web tools around. And, there’s a lot of creativity in the web world. We’re particularly impressed with: The National Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Visions for Transforming America, an interactive map showing older neighborhoods that are ripe for revitalization, those neighborhoods’ metropolitan contexts, and slideshows illustrating paths to reinvestment. [via Rooflines] LiveMocha combines social…

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“Cartography Boom” – Business & Pleasure„

Mapping, at its best, promotes insight and facilitates data-driven decision-making; at its worst, it generates gee-whiz infotainment. The Boston Globe reports: Maps have increasingly become vehicles not just for telling us how the world looks, but for organizing and representing all sorts of information … The past year saw an explosion of such maps, portraying everything from earthquake devastation to…

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