Computer mapping has changed the way people
visualize data, enabling them to make important decisions
based on new ways of seeing patterns and trends. But this
powerful technology called a geographic information
system (GIS) can involve a steep learning curve,
expensive software, and complicated datasets.
NYPIRGs Community Mapping Assistance Project
solves this problem by providing affordable access to
maps and spatial analysis for nonprofit organizations
so these groups do not have to purchase the software
and analyze the datasets on their own. Our maps are
powerful and our fees are affordable.
CMAPs mission is to strengthen nonprofit,
philanthropic, and public service organizations by
providing affordable access to computer mapping and
other data visualization technologies.
We launched CMAP in 1997 as a venture of the
New York Public Interest Research Group Fund, Inc. (NYPIRG)
, New York States largest environmental and consumer
research and advocacy organization. CMAP helps further
NYPIRGs goals of helping to inform the general public
concerning topics such as consumer protection, social
justice, the environment, and government reform
CMAP has provided mapping services since 1997 to
more than 300 organizations, helping these groups to
educate policymakers, board members, and the
media; illustrate reports and outreach materials;
secure funding; and provide interactive access
to information about health care, the environment, transit,
education, and more over the Internet.