Mapping 101: Google MyMaps and Carto.com
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/
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