Author Archives: Karen Rogers

How happy is your town?

This interesting maps shows the relative happiness of folks across the country.  How does your community fit in?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/30/the-appeal-of-unhappy-cities/

DC 911 Mobile Calls

I found this article to be very interesting in detailing the incredible challenges facing our 911 dispatchers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/07/10/calling-911-from-your-cell-phone-in-d-c-good-luck-getting-first-responders-to-find-you/ 

Mapping 'Big Data'

This article scratches the surface of what can be done with all the data floating around out there.  How can you put it to work in your state?

http://mashable.com/2013/07/17/big-data-projects/#lead-image:eyJzIjoiZyIsImkiOiJfdGg3dWU3bHByeWIyeTUxcSJ9

How old is your house?

This is a fascinating map that shows the average age of housing units by zip code block.  It paints an incredible picture of demographic patterns across the country through the years.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/24/map-the-age-of-housing-in-every-zip-code-in-the-u-s/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Friday afternoon considerations

I just saw this disturbing map…thoughts to ponder as you enter into your weekend.  Be safe and encourage those around you to do the same!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/27/alcohol-abuse-kills-88000-americans-a-year/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

How do you spend your time?

Here is a series of 10 maps that shows how folks across our country spend their time, from how much they read each day to how long they spend ‘grooming’.  It’s pretty interesting!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/20/ten-maps-that-show-how-much-time-americans-spend-grooming-eating-thinking-and-praying/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Mapping our Energy System

This is a great series of maps showing what our energy infrastructure looks like.

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/12/5803998/the-us-energy-system-in-11-maps

Smithsonian Article on History of GIS

In case you haven’t seen this interesting article:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unlikely-history-origins-modern-maps-180951617/?no-ist

Gerrymander, anyone?

This is a great article demonstrating the craziness of (some of) our Congressional election boundaries.  Who did their GIS, anyway?  What a nightmare!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/americas-most-gerrymandered-congressional-districts/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm

Mother's Day data

Here’s a series of charts and maps in honor of Mother’s Day.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/05/09/11-maps-charts-and-graphs-for-mothers-day/?wpisrc=nl_wonk