Map Your Data

by Jack Dougherty, Stacy Lam, and David Tatem, last updated March 21, 2017

Maps entice readers to explore your data story and develop a stronger sense of place. But good maps require careful thought about how to clearly communicate spatial concepts with your audience. This book features free tools to create interactive maps that you can embed in your website. In this chapter, you will learn how to:

See also related chapters in this book:

Basic map types Best use and tutorial chapters
Point map
Best to show specific locations, such as addresses with geocoded coordinates, with colors for different categories.
Easy tools: BatchGeo tutorial or Google My Maps tutorial
Power tool: Leaflet Maps with Google Sheets and other Leaflet templates
Polygon map
Best to show regions (such as nations or neighborhoods), with colors or shading to represent data values. Also known as choropleth map.
Easy tool: ??
Power tool: Leaflet Maps with Google Sheets and other Leaflet templates
Polyline map
Best to show routes (such as trails or transit), with colors for different categories.
Easy tool: ??
Power tool: Leaflet Maps with Google Sheets and other Leaflet templates
Combination map
Best to show any combination of points, polygons, or polylines.
Easy tool: ??
Power tool: Leaflet Maps with Google Sheets and other Leaflet templates

TO DO

  • story map
  • heat map
  • tab-view map for historical change
  • synchronized side-by-side map -

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