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 Google Earth Outreach

Google Earth Outreach shares information with a comprehensive spatial view.

Google Earth Outreach is allowing for so amazing advances in GIS mapping. It allows non-profits and international and local organisations a platform in which to share with the world spatial information, details, links, etc. regarding causes and more on a visual and practical level.

Below is a video published by Google Earth Outreach in Canada which highlights sample maps of:

  • ‘Caribou Migration’ by Golder Associates Ltd & Hugh Stimson
  • ‘I Am Fish’ by the David Suzuki Foundation
  • ‘Canada’s Boreal, the World’s Largest Intact Forest’ by Pew Environment Group
  • ‘Voices on the Land’ by Okanagan Nation Alliance, Gregory Kehm Associates & Ecotrust Canada
  • ‘Oil & Water Map’ by the Living Oceans Society
  • ‘Natural Capital’ by the David Suzuki Foundation

The possibilities for GIS maps are endless, as viewed on the video below, found on the Google Earth Outreach Website. It is a fabulous way to share information quickly, visually and will an instant overview of the spatial and social effects countries or areas are experiencing. Sharing information will never be the same as our global community becomes more and more connected.

You can make your own GIS map to share locations and vital data regarding your cause or organization. Start building a map to represent relevant data just as the fine examples below did. Along with Google Fusion, many groups employ Google Earth, Google Earth EngineGoogle Tour Builder and Google Street View to zoom in and out on areas to tell the story and complete the visual picture. This is particularly useful when documented land and water changes.

 Google Earth Outreach MapsLiving Oceans create several maps designed to teach the public about issues, protect and manage marine life and more.

Jane Goodall and like-minded people are using Google Open Source to help track the number and save the remaining chimpanzees in Africa. See more on their work.

Another fine example is Mapping forests to Save Sumatra by WWF & Eyes on the Forest.

The Youth Climate Report pins mini-documentaries on Climate Change and managing earth.

Mark Terry, a PhD Candidate, public speaker and filmmaker, has created a map to represent an International Documentary Film Database.

These are just a few of the innovative way to present data on Geographic Information System maps for social change, environmental protection and development. Let’s see what inspiring endeavours arise next in the evolving world of data delivery.

GIS Map of Documentary Films

GIS Map of Documentary Films from Around the World

Mark Terry is a filmmaker, writer, teacher and PhD Candidate who has created an international collection of documentary films on a GIS Map. He has pinned feature-length, award-winning, social issue documentaries according to the cities, countries or regions in which they take place. Mark selected films which primarily represent these areas, visually, and culturally. The films also represent artistic excellence, having won major international awards and critical acclaim. Mark chose films from each area to represent, as much as possible due to availability, a temporal spectrum dating back to 1895. Not only does the map provide an overview of current issues, it also reveals the evolvement of the documentary film over the years which has benefitted from the affordances provided by new digital technology and methodology.

It is a remediated form of the documentary film which Mark calls a “Geo-Doc”: Geographic Information System maps being used on an overall comparative and documentary level, depicting the director’s vision of actual geographical locations around the world and the social issues affecting the people in these places. GIS maps prove to be an inventive way to zone in on the area of the world which most interests the viewer.

Click on a pin to view this GIS Map of Documentary Films representing each country.

GIS Map of Documentary Films

Along with international feature-length documentaries, you can also view another GIS map of documentary films made in much shorter formats. Students from around the world submitted three to five-minute film projects to the Youth Climate Report created by Mark Terry in conjunction with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. Each year, students are given a choice of two subjects on which to focus, to help inform the world on issues affecting climate change, sustainability, pollution, water, and more.

Mark Terry wrote, produced and directed the documentary films, The Antarctica Challenge – A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer among other projects. See a list of his academic accomplishments at, which includes papers and speeches on climate change and how Mark’s reimagining of GIS maps are an evolving form of the interactive documentary.

Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps

Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps is an innovative way to inform and educate the world about global climate change.

Geospatial information shared Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps is a great way to communicate information using statistics, photographs, videos and more. Take, for example, Mark Terry’s Youth Climate Report published in conjunction with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change via a GIS map. This project focuses on the subjects of climate change, pollution solutions, water management, and inspiration as to the technology and innovations stemming from these areas, as well as the challenges. Every new pin plotted on the map helps develop this new form of interactive spatial and temporal documentary platform. It will continue to grow and be a source for comparative analysis as well as an excellent informational tool for both the world and UN policymakers regarding climate change and managing the earth.

This GIS map project, which was started in 2015, is open to participants from every continent. Submitted videos are juried by members of the UNFCC and Mark Terry to make sure they are of suitable quality and meet one of the two subjects that change each year. If you are interested in participating in next year’s competition, just look at the some the entries to get a feel for what innovative offerings the students are producing this growing GIS map.

Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps

Click on each pin to see a different video.

See the winners of  the COP22 Youth Climate Video Competition, excellent examples of Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps:

Also, watch the two videos produced by the winners of the 2017 Youth Climate Report Competition.

Watch the video by Faouzia Bahloul:
Watch the video by Phuong Vu Hoang 

Elements to display on interactive GIS maps

Read up on factors and elements to display on interactive GIS maps to share information about residential and commercial properties, neighbourhoods and cities.

A well-informed potential client makes completing the sales aspect and transaction process easier and quicker. Coming from an advertising background rather than statistical analysis of factors, Illuminate Geomedia focuses on conveying the content and assets of a property or service, in the most visually pleasing, professional and descriptive way. A combination of seasoned skills in copywriting, design, photography and video bring it all together to present properties, services or events in a succinct and stylish way.

The following categories represent factors and elements that affect decisions made in the real estate market of buyers, sellers or renters. You can choose to display the factors most relevant to your purposes to populate a custom-made pop-up pin on interactive GIS maps. The possibilities are bountiful when it comes to uploading details to represent and analyze homes, neighbourhoods, communities, economic factors, and much more.

General Factors:

Retail and grocery stores

Health Resources


Sports Facilities

Parks and Recreation

Community and Youth Services

Entertainment Complexes





Aerial Views

Roadways and Commuting Routes

Public Transportation



Solid Waste Collection and Facilities

Stormwater Management and Infrastructure

Recycling Facilities

Police and Fire Departments

Emergency and Disaster Response

Natural Resources, Flood Zones


Job Market and Business Resources

Government Services and Departments

Volunteer and Support Groups

Events and Convention Centres

Comparing Values of similar properties within close proximity

Property Assets

Floor Plans

Square Footage of building and property

Number of rooms

Number of bedrooms

Number of bathrooms

Tax assessments

Land Use and Zoning


Other Factors for Analysis and Comparison

Vacancy Rates

Commercial Appraisals

Residential Appraisals

Development and Growth

Insights of market patterns


Demographics and Diversity

Lifestyles and Statistical Analysis

Spatial Analysis research




Links to Websites with other pertinent details

Geocoding and Integration

Geomedia Real Estate Marketing

Geomedia Real Estate Marketing is proving to be the next wave for realtors to share comprehensive details for with property buyers and renters. Geographic Information System maps represent a new and exciting format in which to display details about properties for sale or lease, in an industry that is based on ‘location, location, location’! Perspective buyers or renters can simply click on a pin located on a map of the area that they’re interested in Geomedia Marketing Servicesresiding or operating a business, to open up a page chock full of as many details as the marketer wants to upload. This makes the process of locating and comparing specs of properties fast and easy.

Real Estate Agents and Brokers can list every property they represent all over a city. The map can pin properties belonging to their own clients or link to other properties that potential clients might be interested based on the location. It is so easy to discover properties based on location using a GIS map and lead your clients to the neighbourhood in which they are interested in residing.

Geomedia Real Estate MarketingThe map manager can upload detailed contact information for agents and brokers involved with marketing a property or just provide the minimum details in the window plus a link to a full page on a website. Have videos, logos, interior and exterior photos of the property, along with floor plans, aerial and 3D views, embedded directly on the pinned page. Links to a variety of resources can also be uploaded, including an MLS database, tax records, additional videos, and points of interest in the neighbourhood, such as schools, shopping malls, grocery and retail stores, restaurants, transportation routes and hubs, parks, sport, recreation and recycling facilities, and more attributes that people want to know about when they select their new neighbourhood. The buyer or renter can quickly get an idea of property values with a click, allowing them to quickly compare prices, lot size and other real property data, rather than typing in addresses, or combing through MLS listings found in a specific area. Maps can be customized to only have properties listed in a specific price range, lot size, business requirements, or whatever criteria desired.

The beauty of Geomedia Real Estate Marketing is that it is both a visual medium to locate a property as well as a platform to share a wide range of reports and other data for both professionals and prospective home purchasers or renters. Once people get a taste of the ease with which properties can be viewed using the perspective of Geographic Information System maps, there will be no going back!

The types of maps that can be created using GIS technology are limitless. See a sample map for Solar Providers.