InfoAmazonia takes Environmental Mapping to the Next Level

Apr 32013

We’ve recently launched the newest version of the InfoAmazonia platform, which includes interactive photo galleries, video mashups and a new “distribution widget” that will allow journalists and NGOs to customize their own maps and data layers.

The InfoAmazonia platform uses satellite feeds and other publicly available data to monitor the fragile, nine-country Amazon Basin region. The platform was launched last year as part of my Knight International Journalism Fellowship in partnership with Internews and O Eco.

We are making changes to InfoAmazonia on both the front and back end of the platform. Our team worked with two studios in São Paulo, Memelab and Cardume, whose developers were trained by MapBox/Development Seed, the company that built our original platform.

The news aggregator of InfoAmazonia now works on an open source WordPress theme developed specifically for using the MapBox API and allowing journalists and the public to post and geolocate stories directly on our Amazon maps.