Google MyMaps helps you build layered maps using nothing more than a spreadsheet and shapefile (.KML, .KMZ). This tool is great for smaller “day-turn” maps for routine stories such as pothole repairs, vaccination centers, etc. The map will handle any spreadsheet up to 1,000 rows in length and is easy to embed and share.
Google MyMaps: https://www.mymaps.google.com
You need a paid account but you can build cool timelapse maps with nothing more than a spreadsheet.
Link to dataset of Chicago potholes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XT0z1ZHO-UzPl12RazOV4lpPXUcCVEl8
Link to Chicago neighborhood shapefile (.KML) to download: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XT0z1ZHO-UzPl12RazOV4lpPXUcCVEl8
More mapping tools on Journalist’s Toolbox: https://www.journaliststoolbox.org/2021/05/14/mapping-and-geocoding-tools/
More training on Design:
Data visualization: InfoGram 201
Students will use datasets to build more advanced maps and single chart graphics.
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Data visualization: Canva and Venngage 201
Students will use a set of data points and data sets to build static and interactive graphics. We also will show how Flourish interfaces with Canva, since Canva now owns it.
Data visualization: Datawrapper 301
A deep dive on building choropleth and location maps. In 75 minutes we will build three maps, based on both US and global data. We will work on a more advanced chart and focus more on adding tooltips and footnotes in the charts.