Custom Browser-Based Mapping (T1-A)

Internet browser-based mapping applications offer free, readily accessible, and easy-to-use mapping technologies to everyone with an internet connection.  Many of these mapping applications are custom-built; they make specialized datasets available to a targeted user community.

The RJI mapping team recommends the following targeted browser-based mapping sites:

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography System (SMART) system.  Please visit our SMART from OJJDP page for a more in-depth introduction to this application.
  • Find Youth Info’s Map My Community. Please visit our page for a more in-depth introduction to this application.
  • GeoCommons is a robust map-making resource that also stores data gathered from other sources, allowing map makers access to data sets created by government, local, and individual agencies.
  • bills itself as ‘the first hyper-local social utility for creating and managing community involvement with local law enforcement’.  Another site in this area is – their stated goal is ‘provide the public with valuable information about crime activity by neighborhood’.
  • The Rural Assistance Center is a resource meant to help rural communities and organizations. Resources provided include pre-rendered maps showing education, health care, population and other social demographics. Each map is on a national level or can be customized to add data or focus on a certain area like a county.
  • The Regional Knowledge Network is a resource maintained by the University of Buffalo. It is meant to help organizations in the Buffalo/Niagara Region (which includes Allegany county but not Steuben County). This site provides data/maps for a wide range of topics from demographics of the region to environmental concerns.
  • Insight Mapping is a resource that locates reliable, peer-rated data sets, allows organizations to map and save multiple layers of data, and connects individuals who could benefit from spatial collaboration. Please read our post about how this website was used to map crime and poverty in Pittsburgh.
  • is a Californian website where users may search for community services, research and share community data, and consult the Healthy City team for strategic advice. Please read our post for more information.

Continue to Tier 2 mapping.


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