Tech finds of the week: Tools for WordPress, maps, charts, curation

Interesting technology tools and posts I came across this week.


Project Argo

Interesting and valuable information about a project that allowed a dozen NPR stations to create local-interest sites. The “Learn” section is especially useful, with sections on using social media, blogging, strategy, and philosophy of site design. Argo themes for WordPress are available for download and adaptation, as are the WordPress plug-ins. Via @NiemanLabs.


Maps and mapping


An online database of place names that can be easily placed on a map using the accompanying mapping tool. Once you’ve mapped a location, you can click to Google Maps, MapQuest or Tagzania. The database of place names is licensed under Creative Commons and can be downloaded. Data from the site helped create the interesting ZIPScribble Map. Via MobileMediaToolkit.

The Map Database

A useful reference collection of nearly 800 historical maps. Browse by continent or search for subject matter.




Allows you to create motion charts based on preinstalled data. A desktop tool for PC or Mac allows you to display the charts from your own screen. You are limited to the data included in the site and tool, though. You can’t add your own. Via @rmbyrne at Free Technology for Teachers.




A site that combines curation, social networking and publishing. You can create short online magazines, tutorials or subject collections that incorporate material you write, upload or find on the Web. You then create a design for your publication and post it to the site. Via the Scout Report.


About dbward

Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.
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