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National Cancer Institute creates accessible online maps

CORDA Technologies, Inc., a Lindon, Utah based developer of interactive data visualization solutions, announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is using CORDA OptiMap to create Section 508 compliant maps, which display cancer mortality rates for the United States. NCI maintains a massive database containing cancer mortality information for 40 different cancers for all 50 states, more than 3,000 counties, and Washington, DC. The NCI Cancer Mortality Maps & Graphs site, located at www3.cancer.gov/atlasplus allows visitors to view customized maps portraying cancer mortality rates at the state, county or state economic area level for any of the 40 listed cancers, which are tracked and sorted by age, gender, time period, and race. Since NCI uses both PopChart and OptiMap software from CORDA Technologies, all the interactive charts, graphs and maps on the site are compliant with Section 508. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. The information contained in the charts, graphs and maps is made accessible to the blind and visually-challenged through text files that are dynamically generated at the time the chart or map is created. These files are accessed through the [D] link located above and below the graph or map. “Maps are an inherently visual medium, therefore, the information they contain has historically been out of reach for people with visual impairments,” said Neal Williams, chief executive officer for CORDA Technologies. CORDA PopChart and OptiMap technology is the first of its kind to offer Section 508-compliant charts, graphs and maps. The software is designed to provide organizations or individuals with a tool that allows them to quickly and dynamically visualize every kind of data online. Government customers include: Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, Social Security Administration, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, Office of Inspector General, and Bureau of Transportation Statistics.