The folks over at GLEAM have worked very hard to produce a wide variety of maps that help demonstrate the huge impact we have on one of our most precious environmental resources, the water in the Great Lakes, as well as its entire ecosystem, which we all rely on and take for granted. One look at the large map on their home page and the impact that tourism and fishing on the Lakes is clear. Digging further in to the site, you can learn so much more about the things that we do, and nature does, that are shaping the future of the Lakes. As someone who lives in Michigan, I find it well worth exploring.
This team of amazing people at GLEAM has been a true joy to work with, and we couldn't wish better things to a nicer group of people.
We recently completed the first round of major development on a new courseware publishing system for Open.Michigan, the University of Michigan's contribution to the Open Education initiative. In the spirit of open education, the system is freely available for download, modification and, use by anyone interested in contributing to the Open Education Resource (OER) community—the code will soon be available through github.com.