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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Community Commons Make a Map and other Health GIS News

The Community Commons, is a social network was founded by Advancing the Movement and IP3 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kaiser Permanente and the YMCA of the USA. The idea is to connect organizations who work on public health issues. Among the resources is a map of participating organizations (built on Google Maps) and a tool to build your own map based on various data sets (log in required).

- via Governing

Need some details radiation data for Japan? It's coming thanks to a newly funded Kickstarter effort called Safecast.

Mapping the world’s radiation and air pollution data, using one volunteer with one gadget at a time — that’s the goal of the Safecast project, which this week closed over $100,000 on Kickstarter to deliver a limited run of its open source geiger counters to interested buyers. “I don’t think it’s an unreasonable goal,” to create comprehensive maps of this data from all over the world, says Sean Bonner, co-founder of Safecast, in a phone interview shortly after his team’s project was funded.

The vision is that the data collected will be a available to all. The Kickstarter version of the device is $400, but the manufacturer will sell it retail for $800.

- GigaOm

Zanzibar now enjoys spatial distribution of health services with an average walking distance of five kilometres, the Deputy minister for health, Dr Sira Ubwa Mamboya, informed the House.

"Geographic Information System (GIS) shows that a health service covers 99 per cent of Zanzibar. This is admirable development," said Mamboya in response to question from Mr Jaku Hashim Ayoub (CCM-Muyuni). Ayoub asked why Pete village, Makunduchi in South Unguja has no clinic, and the deputy said Pete had two health centres at Kitogani and Unguja-Ukuu separated at a distance of three kilometres.

- All Africa via Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (never heard of it, but sounds like a good idea; note map has a big ad for Tanaznia Yachts on it!)

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/26 at 03:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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