Beyond the Pie Chart: Maps

Tech Soup Blog

Charts and graphs are useful, but when you have any kind of location data — whether it's postal codes, state abbreviations, country names, or your own custom geocoding — you've got to see your data on a map. You wouldn't leave home to find a new restaurant without a map (or a GPS anyway), would you? Part 4 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series covers mapping. When to Use Maps. Use maps to show geocoded data.

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A look at 15 best and (almost) free mind mapping tools for nonprofits


The same principle lies at the heart of a mind map. Mind maps help us stay organized in the world of content shock, informational chaos, and short attention span. They say mind mapping makes people more creative and retentive. Why use mind maps in your nonprofit practice?

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6 Tips For Creating Better Charts With Your Nonprofit’s Data


Beth’s blog shares Ann Emry’s tips for creating charts with your nonprofit’s data. Charts can turn plain text into a visually, expressive piece of information, which is great for persuading donors to donate or showing your supporters your organization’s impact. Chart diversity. There is a wide variety of charts. Don’t limit your organization to the same old pie chart used in every report. Image courtesy of CraigConnects.

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Feel the Heat: Great Tools for Mapping Website Interactions

Byte Technology

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to gauge and chart your user’s behaviors while they’re on your WordPress website? Well, if you have, then it’s time to check out heat-mapping, programs that help you gain insights into user interactions such as where on your site they click, what specific areas they explore more than others and generally how they use your site for their purposes. For instance, a site owner can view a map that shows what people are clicking on (i.e.

The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We've covered bar charts, line charts, scatter plots, and maps in Beyond the Pie Chart. We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. When to Use a Pie Chart. As we state in our white paper, Which Chart or Graph is Right for You? … Pie charts should be used to show relative proportions — or percentages — of information. When to use pie charts: Showing proportions.

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VisionLink Is In The News: Real-Time Winter Storm Map


Due to the potentially historic damage of this storm, VisionLink successfully created a unique geo-tagged map to chart--in real-time--the damage reports from those in the storm''s path. This tool allows anyone in the country to track the impact of this major weather event.” -- Dr. Douglas Zimmerman , VisionLink''s president and CEO Where can I see and share the map?

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How To: DIY Community & Content Mapping

Amy Sample Ward

During this time, I’ve help create community maps and strategic plans with my own team and with many other groups. More and more often, I get asked at conferences or on the blog for more information about how to create a community map or content plan. Community Map. Why : Why map your community? Create a chart – either on a whiteboard, a flipchart, or even a document on your computer. Content Map.

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Free and Cheap Charts for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Diagramming tools are great if you want to create a flow chart or map of your computer network, projects that are too complicated for Microsoft Paint but too simple for Photoshop. A closely related subject is charts: pie charts, line charts, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, and the like. But it surprises me how many ugly charts I see nonprofits making. Yesterday we talked about diagramming software, the subject of this week's TechSoup article.

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Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

Tech Soup Blog

That's why TechSoup has partnered with Tableau on a new blog series called "Beyond the Pie Chart." Tried to create a report and couldn't find a chart or graph that would clearly illustrate your point? Now think about making a chart comparing donation amounts for the past three years. Congratulations, that chart is a basic data visualization! Some charts or graphs are better at answering particular types of questions. But what about bar charts?

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How-to: DIY Community and Content Mapping


During this time, I've help create community maps and strategic plans with my own team and with many other groups. More and more often, I get asked at conferences or on the blog for more information about how to create a community map or content plan. Community Map. Why : Why map your community? Create a chart – either on a whiteboard, a flipchart, or even a document on your computer. Content Map.

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Guest Post by Steve Waddell: Systems Mapping for Non-Profits - Part 1

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

See larger image here: Map from: Waddell, Steve. One of the tools for better understanding networks are visual diagnostics and mapping techniques. He co-authored a paper called " Visual Diagnostics and Mapping for Scaling Change " and we had an opportunity to discuss it. He agreed to write a four-part primer on a visual diagnostics, mapping, and social networking analysis primer and how nonprofits might use these tools for social change.

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Google Maps: Seek and Hide | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

» Google Maps: Seek and Hide Posted Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 11:22 am by Alan Gallauresi (13 posts) Everybody loves a good Google Map mash-up. For those of our clients who already have geographically tagged data, an interactive map provides an intuitive way to visualize the scope of their work and at the same invites their audience to interactively play while learning more about their organization. Which, of course, is where the map comes in.

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Putting Your Twitter Followers on the Map, Literally

Beth Kanter

TweepsMap is an interesting Twitter app that will put your followers on a map of the world, literally. I made a mistake, I didn’t give my data the sniff test before sharing it. That’s some great advice from KD Paine for the last chapter of our forthcoming book , ”Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” which is on data analysis and turning data in action. So, look at every chart, every graph, every number and ask does it make sense.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth Kanter

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009. Map: Visualize funding by recipient location (orange bubbles) or foundation location (blue bubbles). Click to See Visualization.

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Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Enjoy this post from my of many favorite nonprofit data nerds … Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd. Charts can be one of your strongest communication tools. Better charts = better communication = better understanding = better decision making. There are infinite types of charts, but you don’t have to master them all. Line charts and histograms and scatter plots, oh my! The good news: You only need a handful of go-to charts.

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Two ways to make your own Google map | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Google Maps now lets us all take our map fascination to the next level: over the past few years they’ve given us multiple views, fantastic ( and sometimes astonishing ) detail, driving directions, and even the ability to create custom content. There are two ways to create custom Google maps. The first and most common is using the API, a code library released by Google that allows anyone who knows a little code to build their own map, with a high degree of customization.

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Marc A. Smith on Social Mapping for Network Growth

Tech Soup Blog

Smith and his talk "Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL." TechSoup hosted the San Francisco Online Community Meetup which recently featured Marc A. " Marc is with the Connected Action Group , which uses social methodology to gain insights into patterns of communities.

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Upcoming Webinar March 29: Mapping Philanthropy - Data Visualization for Good

Tech Soup Blog

The first of these free webinars, Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good , will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m. During this hour, the Foundation Center's George Ford and Jake Garcia will take a look at how grant seekers can use the interactive maps and charts in Foundation Directory Online , the Foundation Center’s grant seeking database for nonprofits, to identify prospective funders.

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Webinar Recap: Mapping Philanthropy - Use Data Visualization to Do Good

Tech Soup Blog

The first webinar in this series, Mapping Philanthropy: How You Can Use Data Visualization to Do Good , was held on March 29. Remember: your goals may be slightly different, but do not forget to have them clearly mapped out ahead of time. geospatial resources – a collection of visual maps illustrating U.S. As you may know, we are collaborating with the Foundation Center on webinars designed to provide you with new ideas and tools to aid your organization's mission.

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Putting Caribbean Projects on the (Google) Map | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Serious Games » Putting Caribbean Projects on the (Google) Map Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 6:00 pm by Suzette Gardner (4 posts) Small towns hardly make big news in the world of online marketing technology; small islands even less so. While most of us have gotten over Google putting small town America on the map??in Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad are just a few Caribbean islands that can be Googled down to 110 ft scaled maps in both satellite and hybrid.

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Mapping Your Mix: Are Your Providing the Right Mix of Content?


We like to use a pie chart, as it provides a tidy circle for each channel that you can then combine into additional diagrams. [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the June 2012 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the complete article when you subscribe to the journal for free! ] By Laura Quinn, Idealware Odds are good that your organization is using multiple communications channels to reach people, from social media to direct mail and email to websites and blogs.

Remember Paint by Number? SAP Visual Intelligence: A Visual Treat for Reporting Data

Tech Soup Blog

Oftentimes with other applications, data needs to be prepped before it can be converted into visual form (such as a graph or chart), whether that means adding a column, combining data sets, inserting a new formula, or the like. Basic bar charts, bubble charts on geographic maps, and multidimensional layouts are all possible by toggling through the "picker" buttons at the top of the screen and making a choice.

Org Charts: Social Networking for the At-Work Set

Museum 2.0

Org charts, like maps, aren't given the attention they should be, especially in large institutions. Org charts are not just about putting people in their place. Check out They Rule , on which you can view and generate maps (circa 2004) by linking influential people to the institutions whose boards they are on. Here's a snippet from a map of the affiliations of the JP Morgan board of directors. In 2005, I visited COSI Columbus.

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Replacing Mobile Advertising with Real-Time Data

Amy Sample Ward

First, overall: And when you click on “What does this chart mean?&# it actually tells you, with much richer context: I personally love data-map mashups and Qriously uses them brilliantly! The data on these maps shows the number of responses as well as the direction of response, where orange = “data&# and blue = “friends&#. maps mobile application data marketing qriously realtime reviewDo you believe you can change the world?

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Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base

Amy Sample Ward

Community Mapping. Community Mapping helps you identify not just the various segments of your audience, but also create a clear picture of which tools/platforms are associated with those groups and which messages are best to target where. Then, for each group, create a chart with 4 columns and identify: Their goal: why do they engage with you. Tags: presentation webtools analysis community mapping listening notes tools webinar women womenwhotech

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Great reads from around the web on February 11th

Amy Sample Ward

Oxfam in Haiti – Google Maps – This is a great example of how you can use a tool like Google Maps to tell a story and provide easy access to information – great job Oxfam! "Oxfam This map shows some of the sites where Oxfam is providing water and sanitation, as well as employment through the cash-for-work program. How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action?

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3 Cool Things to Try in Excel 2016

Tech Soup Blog

Try the New Chart Types. What's new with Excel charts? If you look carefully at the Excel 2016 "Insert" ribbon tab, you will notice the new chart types, which will help you better share your data with your audience. Use Power Maps Like A Pro. What Are Power Maps? Power Map is very useful for mapping your data. Imagine being able to plot geographic and temporal coordinates (data) on a 3D globe or custom type of map.

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Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

3rd Sector Labs

The second blog, Why Mid-sized Businesses Need CSR , gives us a map of the problem. Without it, your organization is lost … like a ship at sea with neither a map or stars to guide it. With data, you can chart a clear course to success – and the future can be very bright. Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. This has been a problem for a long time.

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

Ushahidi has been developing open-source crisis mapping software for over eight years now. LABB created an Oil Spill Crisis Map in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Since then, it has since logged, mapped, and tracked more than 14,000 reports of petrochemical pollution. The organization got started when a group of Kenyan bloggers led by Erik Hersman began doing online mapping of violence reports after the 2008 Kenyan election.

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Things We Like (December 2014)


You can journey through London’s civil landscape with these twelve data maps. Here’s a map of search data in list form. We celebrate that a nonprofit campaign — the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the #5 most-searched phrase on the Google Trends Searches Top Chart — made the list. A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog. We’re kicking off Things We Like with these revolutionary ideas for social change in 2014.

If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact?

Amy Sample Ward

Give me an interactive map, a pivot table, even a plain old pie chart and I’m happy. This post originally appeared on the NTEN blog – you can also read the full post and join the conversation on the website. —– I love data as much as the next person. But, there’s more to being data-informed and more to what we should demand of our data, right? When it comes to focusing on the right data, I like to ask myself these two questions.

Recruiting Geeks for Human Rights!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Design and implement data visualizations, including everything from simple static charts and maps to custom interactive visualizations on the web. Familiarity with python, R, and JavaScript libraries for charting, mapping, and vis is helpful. Scientist / Data Analysis Engineer / General Techie Want to help save the world with your code? Like going to hackathons and wish you could get paid to work on a good cause full time?

6 Great Interactive Data Visualization Tools (Part 1)


Websites are loaded with eye candy these days — from slick user interfaces to interactive maps to cool photo slideshows — all achieved without Flash, just HTML, CSS and Javascript. Some focus their attention on traditional charting and graphing, but others delve into the world of geocharting, heatmaps, timelines, and more. Paul Chamberlain. Senior Producer.

Messages, Stories, and Conversations: Creating a Strategy for your organization and your supporters

Amy Sample Ward

On a flip chart or whiteboard (or if you are working through this by yourself, just use a piece of paper or a spread sheet on your computer) draw 4 vertical lines, creating 5 columns. You may want to turn the flip chart sideways or use separate sheets for each column. #1: You’ve just created a map of all your audiences and how you and all of them can be sharing, conversing and campaigning in an aligned way!

TechSoup Tools for Desktop Publishing and Presentations

Tech Soup Blog

That's why TechSoup offers product donations that can help you with desktop publishing, presentations, sketches, graphs, charts, and more! This is the application you'd want for creating professional-looking digital forms, as well as digital versions of annual reports and research reports that include images, graphs, charts, and complex layout. I can't image what we'd do without the charts and graphs it produces, which can be used in other Office applications.

Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools


Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year. Mapping applications that used to require sophisticated software and time-intensive training to create can now be completed in a matter of minutes with user-friendly tools. Maps are a tool for visualizing data about place, much like charts are tools for visualizing numeric and financial data. Jim Craner , MapTogether.

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Using Metrics to Boost Your Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

Are you looking at a map or the rearview mirror? What you really need are metrics that provide you with a plan of action, or a map, to help bolster your fundraising efforts. . Map Metrics.

How to Visually Show Your Impact to Funders with Silk

Tech Soup Blog

It provides a reasonably easy way for non-technical people to enter data into an online template or upload a spreadsheet to create interactive maps, tables, pie charts, and line graphs. Note that to imbed your interactive map or chart, your website must support iFrames. The charts in the piece reveal the surprising results at a glance. He uploaded a spreadsheet and was able to create an interactive map of the playing fields the organization worked on.

All 2gether now

Steve Bridger

I’m particularly looking forward to introducing Hoop MD, Sean O'Halloran who will talk about the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP). MAP is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and is led by Professor Bob Snow at Oxford University. MAP charts the prevalence of malaria throughout the globe, and Bob's team eventually want to make real time data available online. This is where I’m going to be for the next two days. Looking forward to it.

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Poor suffer digital deficit in disasters - Red Cross

AFP Blog

Poor suffer digital deficit in disasters - Red Cross : In its annual World Disasters Report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) charts the revolutionary impact of technology on humanitarian aid, but also explores the barriers to its adoption.

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Digital Platforms for Greater Impact: Examples for Foundations

Forum One

For example, the GCAR platform powers the publicly-available map and database of grants which is a great way to quickly see where initiatives are being supported across the globe.

Why Every Organization Should Make Sustainability Part of its Mission

Saleforce Nonprofit

This focus on partnerships across social justice and climate justice movements resulted in’s Climate Justice Action map , which connects people with local groups and other activists. They also use Salesforce to plan and chart a future path to growth.

Beth's Blog: TouchGraph

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You enter a URL, it crunches a bit, and returns a node map with lines to sites that are ???similar??? My chart was fairly accurate, although a few missing sites I not been twittering and blogging as much lately, but I'm glad Allan has twittering away or rather consuming tweets or whatever. Via tweet from Hey Jude, he shared TouchGraph. The site says: The TouchGraph Google Browser reveals the network of connectivity between websites, as reported by Google???s

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