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T/MC use of GIS maps - archive


T/MC use of GIS maps - archive

The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has  used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other visualization tools in its program support and public awareness strategy. 

Due to tech problems and lack of funds the Program Locator has not been working properly since 2013. Use this discussion to  understand what T/MC was trying to accomplish.

Website: http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net
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Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2015

Discussion Forum

Mentor Map - Who Can help build this?

Started by Daniel Bassill Dec 29, 2011.

Help find benefactors to support Tutor/Mentor Connection's Mapping Solutions 1 Reply

Started by Daniel Bassill. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Aug 18, 2011.

Review of new Interactive Program Locator 4 Replies

Started by Daniel Bassill. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Oct 19, 2010.

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Comment by Daniel Bassill on October 16, 2015 at 10:24am

On October 15, 2015 Chicago Tribune Columnist Dawn Turner posted story about potential of interactive maps, featuring my work as an example. Read at 

Comment by Daniel Bassill on March 26, 2015 at 1:52pm

Very sad to report that the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator 

interactive mapping platform, and other database services on the http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net site,  are not working, as of 3/26/15, do to some coding and web hosting problems that I don't have the talent, or dollars, to fix.   This map view was created using the program locator.  It shows one neighborhood in Chicago and the various assets in the neighborhood who could be working together to help youth programs reach more kids in that map zone.  

If you have knowledge of GIS mapping, databases like php, aspx files, MS SQL 2005 and html, and would like to help with this project, introduce yourself. If you can help find a sponsor who help host this service, that would be even better.  Until then, you can still see uses of maps in the blogs at http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com and http://tutormentor.blogspot.com. These illustrate what we're trying to do using the on-line mapping tool.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on February 25, 2015 at 4:11pm

The Tutor/Mentor Connection has been part of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC since 2011 and has not had manpower or dollars to update the mapping platform, or create new maps using Arc GIS, such as those you could see on the Mapping for Justiceblog, posted between 2008 and 2011.

I've continued to post articles on the site, drawing on maps created using the Interactive Program Locator, and pointing to map platforms hosted by others.  I've also begun to include stories showing uses of concept maps to show who I meet at meetings, and/or who is working to support youth in Chicago. This is one example. 

Comment by Daniel Bassill on July 23, 2011 at 12:05pm
This graphic shows the many ways we have been trying to use maps. Right now this entire project is on hold because of lack of funding.  We've created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC as a social enterprise, with the goal of attracting capital from investors who might want to help develop this capacity and make it available in more cities.  If you can help us find such people, or take a role in our map-making yourself, please join the group.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 26, 2009 at 3:42pm
Take a look at Mike's new article about how maps are being used.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 25, 2009 at 9:48am
If you like the maps we're creating and think they have value then I encourage you to help us raise donations so we can keep doing this. Please visit the "map a thon" page Mike has set up. If lots of donors make small contributions, we may find a few to make larger donations.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 14, 2009 at 9:45am

This is a map created using the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator. Once I created the screen view I wanted to convey my message, I saved the image using the "print screen" button, then pasted this into Adobe Photoshop. I cropped it, then saved it as a JPG, which I've posted here.

It took me less than 15 minutes.

I encourage others to use this tool to make a case for volunteer and donor support of tutor/mentor programs where you are. If you're not in Chicago you can still use these maps to demonstrate how leaders in your own community should be duplicating this process to help you help kids where you are.
Comment by Mike Trakan on February 23, 2009 at 1:23pm
Hi Taeho

This is some cool stuff you're doing here. Great ideas!

Just wanted to introduce myself:

I collect much of the data for the interactive maps, create all the static jpg maps from the office here, and have been working closely with Dan and Ganesh on the interactive project.

I document a lot of the work, and tell the stories behind the maps at:

When you get settled in, come around the corner and shoot me a "hi."

And of course I'm available for any questions, or anything you need while putting these projects in motion.

Good to meet you,
Comment by Rack Hyu Shin on February 23, 2009 at 1:21pm
I am glad you have catched a lot of problems that I also felt that were needed to be improved. You seem to have a lot of knowledge on interactions and I hope you could use your talent to improve the issues below. I have a feeling that your work will give a lot of improvements.
Comment by Taeho on February 23, 2009 at 12:11pm
Hi, I'm from University of Michigan, Human-Computer Interaction. From today, I'm starting to work on "T/MC map strategy" project.
What has been done until now on this "T/MC Interactive Map" is so AMAZING. Four different maps are effectively showing Tutor/Mentor program locations visually.

Three things can be done to enhance overall User Experience of T/MC Interactive Maps.

1) Interactive Help Document

- These maps might be difficult to use for first-time users and someone who is not familiar with Tutor/Mentor programs.
- Help document is full of text and might not easy to read through for some people.
- "Interactive & Intuitive HowTo Guide" would be very helpful for those who want to use these interactive maps more effectively.

2) Usability Enhancement (through Heuristic Evaluations)

- First-time user of the interactive maps might be "OVERWHELMED" by a number of options they provide.
- User Interface of these maps should be very easy to use even for the first time users.
- Through usability evaluation, User Interface of these maps can be redesigned in a more "intuitive" & "straightforward" way.

3) Reorganization of Web-pages

- I talked about this with Dan. Blog is very good for posting different stories related to the maps, but not an adequate place to list up the links to those maps.
- There should be a way to connect these links and blog stories in a more efficient way.

These are just my first ideas on this project at the starting point. Any suggestions are welcome.

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