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|Supports Objectives(s)||Map Conflict, Reporting On Activities, Map Relationships|
The Carter Center Syria Conflict Map 6/26/2016
Description of Tool Class
Mapping Tools are tools for displaying information tied to geographic locations. Mapping tools have been used to track and illustrate a wealth of topics, including sexual harassment, violence against journalists, population centers. They are used visualize information, raise awareness of issues, and inform policy.
Many Data Collection tools feature mapping options but are not themselves primarily mapping tools. For simplicity, tools like Open Data Kit (ODK) and KoBo Toolbox are not labeled as mapping tools, because their function is primarily data collection and they have a more limited suite of mapping features.
Mapping tools can be used to Map Conflict, to illustrate the drivers of violence or the instances in which it occurs. PeacebuildingData.Org tracks a variety of indicators associated with violence, from demographic information to citizens perceptions of peace.
Mapping tools can be used to showcase an organization's work globally, on a national level, or at the city level. The PeaceTech Exchange (PTX) website has a simple visualization of the Lab's activities. This information can be useful for effectively communicating to donors and audiences the scope of an organization's work. Tools that allow the free creation of maps include Carto, Mapbox and UMapper.
Often mapping tools are considered to be for geographic mapping, but it's also possible to use Network Mapping to Map Relationships and show how people, organizations, and concepts relate to oneanother. Free services like NodeXL provide tools for mapping relationships at scale. Mentionmapp visualizes simple relationships on Twitter.