nonprofit GIS guide released

Found this on Geowanking:

Hi folks, We released a free “Guide to Nonprofit GIS and Online Mapping” PDF this
week, aimed at staff and volunteers of NPOs, NGOs, grassroots groups,
voluntary sector organizations, etc.  It’s chock full of cartography for
a good cause, as we say.  It’s focused on free and low-cost tools and
data sources, although the data source section is currently very
US-centric.  Download at:* We’re currently seeking feedback on the guide, as well as resources
for free and low-cost data and tools that nonprofit groups outside the
USA might find useful.  Please submit your suggestions at:* We have organizations in Canada and Latin America that have expressed
an interest in producing localized versions (Spanish, Portuguese, and
French so far!).  If you’re interested in helping review a future
non-English version for accuracy, or if you know of an awesome
neogeo/community mapping project outside the US that should be included,
please email me off-list.

2 thoughts on “nonprofit GIS guide released

  1. Jason Woofenden

    I don’t think it’s legal to print/distribute screenshots of Google’s proprietary maps like this. Am I wrong? Or did you get permission?

  2. Jim Craner

    Except for screenshots of the mapplications based on Google Maps, I believe all of the illustrations proper in the Guide containing actual maps are based on OSM, not Gmaps.That said, I’m no lawyer, but I believe excerpting these map images is covered under fair use in the US since this guide was released for free as a noncommercial educational resource, as well as the fact that tiny representative samples of the maps are included strictly for illustrating within context.It’s not like people are going to give up going to Google Maps or OSM so they can squint at the half-dozen tiny thumbnails used as examples in this guide. For that matter, the guide itself recommends in several places that people check out both Google Maps and OSM.

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