Configurable layers showing schools, hospitals and other points of interest for tracking H1N1 Configurable layers showing schools, hospitals and other points of interest for tracking H1N1.

Viewing stories related to NYC as a map popup Viewing stories related to NYC as a map popup.

Tracking H1N1

Managing News helps a team within the federal government monitor media mentions of swine flu and visualize private internal data sets.

Fairly light customization was needed to make this work, including adding a custom parser to manage private data that had a unique XML schema and adding additional custom map tiles, in this case tiles made from ESRI's data on hospital and school coverage. These screenshots show the custom map tiles and a few public media feeds from a development site.

We have swapped out the main map for hillshade tiles We have swapped out the main map for hillshade tiles.

NGOs can monitor on the ground security situations. Our internal site monitoring news on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan/Pakistan News

Managing News allows NGOs to monitor on the ground security situations around the world. Here are screenshots from our internal site monitoring news on Afghanistan and Pakistan, which we used last month when we were in Islamabad and Kabul.

As you can see, we have swapped out the main map for hillshade tiles, since the region's geography and isolation have a large influence on the news. In this example, base layer maps really matter.

We also uploaded a custom geo taxonomy so we can tag key places like Peshawar, Swat, and Waziristan that don't normally make it onto geo tagging lists.