The world’s largest rainforest--the Amazon--is in the midst of a massive ecological and developmental change. Communicating the daily flux of this vital region requires the best available data and networks of communicators to interpret and distribute the information.
Built through a partnership between the Brazilian environmental news agency O Eco and the media development organization Internews, InfoAmazonia is an interactive mapping platform that hosts richly designed maps about environmental topics in the Amazon. Each map is built using continuously updated data from a wide-range of stakeholders. On top of these maps are geo-located stories which lend narrative to the data and evidence to the narrative.
InfoAmazonia’s open data section acts as an aggregator for Amazon-related geospatial data. In order to create the maps at the front of InfoAmazonia, O Eco and the team from MapBox obtain data, sometimes through negotiation, from a multitude of governmental, civil society, and open-source organizations.
Through this effort, InfoAmazonia is now the first journalism platform to display continuously up-to-date data from all nine Amazon basin countries. This information is now available for other journalists, academics, and the public at large to download and use in their projects and to provide an open door to verification.