|Google for Nonprofits Newsletter July 2012|
|August 1, 2012|
|Since the Google for Nonprofits program initially launched in March 2011, we’ve been looking for ways to continually improve the website experience. We’ve updated the Google for Nonprofits website to make it easier for users to navigate the Google for Nonprofits application and enrollment process. Additionally, we wanted to make it easier for users to find educational resources, new case studies and other community resources as well as help resources. We’re excited to hear what you think of the updates to the site, and we’d love to hear any feedback directly on our Google+ page.|
|Q. In our April Newsletter, Raleigh Seamster of Google Earth Outreach gave us an overview of the team's mission and current projects. What’s new with Google Earth Outreach?
A. We’ve been spreading the word about using maps for cultural preservation recently at Rio+20, where the Surui tribe of the Amazon rainforest recently launched their Surui Cultural Map after our team held a training this past May near their indigenous territory in Brazil. Since the Surui had contact with western civilisation in 1969, they’ve lost their relatives to disease, their land to settlers and their forest to illegal logging. With the help of NGOs like ECAM, they have turned their story around and have rights to their indigenous territory, are entering the carbon credit marketplace to build an economy around keeping their trees worth more alive than dead, and their youth are interviewing the elders to learn about their rituals and history before it’s lost.
Take a look on their cultural map at paiter.org.
Q. What other tools are you seeing nonprofits using for mapping?
A. Our newest addition to our software grants program is a very cool tool called Google Maps Engine. It’s most applicable for users who have a lot of GIS data or imagery that they want to share within their organization or publish to the world. I encourage nonprofits who have lots of geospatial data to apply for a Google Maps Engine Grant.
Q. Any good examples of nonprofits that are using Google Maps Engine?
A. There are two great examples of Maps Engine being used by nonprofits: WWF & Eyes on the Forest and Living Oceans Society. Living Oceans Society is a GIS shop for ocean planning and marine studies off the coast of Canada. They’re using Google Maps Engine to easily host and style their GIS data and make it available on their website. (View the maps)
WWF & Eyes on the Forest created an interactive experience that allows visitors to see how forests in Sumatra are shrinking due to human encroachment in the past decade or two. You can compare how the ranges of rhinocerous, tiger, elephant and orangutan are matching the extent of the forest -- or what’s left of it. Alongside that data, you can explore ecofloristic activity and carbon stocks in Sumatra. (View the map)
Q. Do you have any suggestions for nonprofits who want to use maps to reach a wider audience?
A. Google Earth Outreach helped stock the updated Google Earth Gallerywith content from nonprofits who are creating either Google Earth KML files or Google Maps Engine maps. If you want to suggest your map be included so more people see your work, post it on our Google Earth Outreach/Education group.
Q. Your team held Google I/O's 'Maps for Good' talk, and had an Earth Outreach booth set up at the event. Can you tell us more about the team's experience with developers at I/O? Anything you learned?
A. We met a number of great developers who are working hard to make an impact. Watch our Maps for Good talk at Google I/O and hear from Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager for Google Earth Engine and Google Earth Outreach, learn about Google Earth Engine from Dave Thau and hear from a couple of our favorite developers, Kevin Bluer from AXS Map and Jake Wall from Save the Elephants.
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