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Announcing IssueMap: Copy, paste, map.

February 7th, 2011 by Michael Byrne - Geographic Information Officer

Everyone has seen a good spreadsheet go bad. Students, lawyers, public servants, accountants -- if you’ve ever spent time with a complicated dataset, you’ve had a spreadsheet turn against you.

Maps are a data visualization tool that can fix a rotten spreadsheet by making the data real and rich with context. By showing how data -- and the decisions that produce data -- affect people where they live, a map can make the difference between a blank stare and a knowing nod. Maps are also a crucial part of a decision-maker’s toolkit, clearly plotting the relationship between policies and geographies in easy-to-understand ways.

I’m extremely proud today to announce the official launch of IssueMap, the result of a partnership between the FCC and FortiusOne. IssueMap is a long time coming. As a board member with the National States Geographic Information Council, some colleagues and I identified the need for a product that would produce maps from complicated data steps in just three steps: copy, paste, map. IssueMap is that product.

Along with FCC Deputy GIO Eric Spry, we shot a video to show this drop-dead simple tool in action. Check it out, then visit IssueMap.org and try it. You can use the social media functionality in IssueMap to share your map with your community, or even export in a KML file to mash up your map other online services. Leave links to your maps in the comments here, and let us know what you want to see from the next iteration of IssueMap.


4 Responses to “Announcing IssueMap: Copy, paste, map.”

  1. Guest says:

    How much did the Commission pay for the development of IssueMap?

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  2. Guest says:

    Are you able to print your map?

  3. Guest says:

    1. What is the nature of the "partnership" between the Commission and Fortius One?

    2. How much did the Commission pay for the development of IssueMap?

    3. Which Bureaus and Offices will make use of ImageMap, and for what purposes?

  4. Bill F says:

    This is a really cool tool but the explanation is a little scant. Is this good only for state level data? Only the USA? That appears to be the case but I can imagine plenty of people wanting to map at less than state levels, and for different countries, or indeed by country. We need a more complete explanation about the geographic level at which the tool works.

    Otherwise, great job!!!

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