National Library of Medicine Announces Community Health Maps Blog
Community Health Maps Blog (communityhealthmaps.nlm.nih.gov) is an initiative designed to share information about free and low cost and easy-to-use applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools. The goal is to help community-based and other types of small organizations collect and visualize information about their communities with an eye towards using these techniques to support planning and decision-making about community health. The tools discussed on the Community Health Maps Blog can support the collection and visualization of health statistics, demographic information, community resources, and events thereby facilitating a better understanding of community conditions.
The interactive nature of blogging helps Community Health Maps share information about hardware platforms and software applications available to communities as they consider how, or if, they might use GIS.
NLM encourages the submission of blog postings by those who use such resources to carry out projects within their communities as well as those who have identified additional applications that may be of interest for this purpose.
The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.
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