DHAnswers, a project of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and ProfHacker, is a much-better-than-average implementation of the message-board concept, with really smart people who answer questions there. When I saw Bethany Nowviskie’s reference to GeoCommons, I decided to play with it. (I’d just listened to an older podcast from the Scholars’ Lab, Andrew Turner’s November 2011 “Neogeography: from Tower to Town Hall.” Andrew is the CTO of GeoCommons, and that talk’s a good introduction to mapping for non-experts, even if the sound quality’s not great.)
In any case: if you’ve ever wondered how to map some data, and especially if you already have a spreadsheet of it with state names, other place names, or latitude/longitude columns, go play with GeoCommons. Once I clean up my maps a little, maybe I’ll post them here.
I’m finding some annoyances with GeoCommons, largely around how it handles date-formatted data, but overall it’s more useful than frustrating.