April 2019 update: Visit the new Missouri Map Room.
The Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, or CARES, recently integrated their Missouri Map Room into Community Commons to create a better experience for users. Missouri Map Room users now have access to a new slate of map and reporting tools, as well as the ability to save maps in the interactive environment.
CARES supports better understanding of the world through the use of information-based tools and processes and is the technology partner that provides the data and data visualizations that power Community Commons. They launched the Missouri Map Room in the fall of 2000, building on internet mapping activities started in 1997, at no charge to users and largely funded through leveraging efforts from other CARES projects.
CARES was an early adopter of the newest interactive mapping technologies and the CARES Missouri Map Room was a game changer in the state. This innovation and provision of data for the common good directly led us to where we are today: Community Commons.
“This is a really good thing for Missouri Map Room users,” said Chris Barnett, co-director of CARES. “We’re pleased to be able to give them a better interface and new tools to help them with their work.”
The full integration of the map room allow the CARES team to focus on the next generation of tools for all Commons users. This includes regular updates to the map environment resulting in faster response times, access to a greater number of data sets, and the soon-to-be announced subscription services that will include data upload capabilities as well as the ability to collect real-time data on desktop and mobile devices.