After months of testing, collecting feedback and developing our latest mapping environment we are pleased to announce the new Community Commons is live!
Along with a new look, the Commons has a brand new map room, more content and options to export and share information. Designed to encourage peer learning and collaboration, the Commons is intent on helping engaged users working to share and learn.
Make a map or data report like a pro! Take the video tour.
Registration is free and now easier than ever before. For those who haven’t visited the site recently, explore and update the new user profile. You can also search our member directory to find others joining and using the Commons.
Make sure to register with the Commons to take advantage of its latest features.
The black bar at the top of the page is now the primary navigation for the Community Commons. Now regardless of current location, users can instantly travel and access nearly anything on the site.
In the top right hand corner users are able to search the site, view their profile, log in and out and view any notifications from the Commons. Click the top left Community Commons logo at any time to return to the the home page.
Access more maps and reporting tools than ever before on the new Maps & Data page.
At the top of the page, you will find two columns that give you instant access to free, powerful tools only found on the Community Commons. Under Make a Map, our latest mapping environment can be found by clicking Map Room Beta. While we continue to migrate data and work out any bugs in the new map room, you can also access our original mapping environment by clicking Map Room Classic.
To browse starter maps and other potentially useful maps saved by Commons users, explore the Map Gallery. The Map of the Movement is useful to identify those who share and work toward goals similar to your own. If interested in adding your own organization or initiative to the map you can click ‘Add Initiative‘ on the top right and join our network.
The Commons has also adopted the icons next to Make a Map and Build a Report above to help users understand content when browsing by topic. If you continue to scroll down on the Maps & Data page you will find starter maps and pre-selected data reports categorized by the following topics: Community Context, Economics, Education, Environment, Food and Health. Under each topic, use the icons to quickly identify unique reports and maps.
The new mapping environment on Community Commons makes it easier to save and share than ever before. In the map room, users can add individual or multiple data layers, browse an improved map gallery that houses pre-built starter maps and save useful maps to access later. All these functions are available using the tabs in the top left of the page, just above the map.
By clicking the grey and white box just below ‘Add Data’ users are able to access one of our latest and most innovative features, the split-screen view. Extremely useful for side-by-side comparison of data layers, the split-screen enables users to examine and analyze data that normally cannot be stacked on top of each other.
To control the split-screen functionality, use the grey buttons and check boxes at the top.
The map legend on the right features reference layers as well as information related to any data added by the user. Above the legend, there is a search bar able to display any location in the United States. At the bottom right, the Tools tab allows you to add, select and query data. This is also where users can measure distances, export and save to My Maps.
Though the look has changed, the CHNA toolkit still offers the same great functionality as before. Use the Vulnerable Population Footprint to identify potential areas of poor health in a community based on poverty and educational attainment. Also, explore community data in the various reports you are able to generate in the toolkit.
The redesigned Groups are now built to make sharing and learning easier.
These groups provide a web presence for initiatives, organizations, networks working toward common interests. Based on user feedback, Group spaces are customizable and will allow for public and/or private collaboration for deeper-level network and community engagement. Throughout the summer of 2013, the Commons will be implementing a number of custom Groups. If you are interested in creating a group on the Community Commons, contact us by sending in a support ticket requesting more information.
We are very excited about the Commons, but we want to know what you think! Please send in any feedback, comments or questions you have about the site. Also, if you have used the Commons before, we would love to learn how the site has helped you and your community.
Connect with the Community Commons via social media!
To enhance professional networking related to the Commons, we’ve added a LinkedIn group where you can post discussions, questions and polls related your community work, tell us what type of content you’d like to see on the Commons and find jobs related to public health, non-profit management, healthcare systems, etc.
Follow us on Twitter to hear the latest new and updates from Community Commons as well as re-tweets and links from organizations and groups across the country.
Like us on Facebook where we regularly post content as well as share information from many partner organizations and groups. Users can contact us directly or use any of these social media outlets to provide feedback, share story ideas and ask questions about the Commons.