This week the White House announced the Opportunity Project. It is an open data initiative geared towards empowering communities with data and tools to improve economic mobility. Open data is the data equivalent of open source software. It is licensed so that it is freely available to use by anyone.
The main page for the project can be found here: http://opportunity.census.gov/.
Opportunity Project Website
It includes links to sources of open data and online tools built on open data, ,many of them map based. This looks to be a great resource for Community Health Mappers!
If you’ve followed this blog, you know that the goal of the Community Health Maps initiative is to help community organizations identify and apply low-cost and easy-to-use online mapping tools (GIS). If you are a first time visitor to this site we encourage you to peruse the blog entries.
The purpose of these tools is to improve understanding and visualization of health conditions in the community so that attention might be best directed to reduce health disparities. This site is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine, the Center for Public Service Communications, and Bird’s Eye View.
To help advance this mission we have developed a survey. The goal of this survey is to assess community health organizations’ satisfaction with GIS / mapping resources currently available to them. The information will be used to improve NLM’s Community Health Maps site and tailor it to specific user requirements.
You are encouraged to click the link below and take this brief survey.