Google Maps Engine allows the user to create interactive online maps. The user has their choice of a variety of basemaps and can add vector, image, terrain, and KML files to the basemap. The types of files supported can be found here. Image data can be turned into a mosaic, which will join the files together for ease of viewing. Once uploaded the data can be filtered and the symbology can be changed. Info windows can be added so the viewer sees descriptive information when they click on a feature.The user can also set a default viewport for a map or a layer.
Maps can be viewed on desktop or mobile devices. Maps are saved in Google Drive and the user has control over the map privacy settings. Other people can be invited to view or edit the map. There are two kinds of sharing, those who have access to the draft version of the map and those who have access to the published version of the map. Maps can be shared through a link, printed, turned into a KML file or embedded.
Google Maps Engine is the paid version of Google Maps. It has the ability to create more complex maps and supports a wider variety of geographic data files. For more information on its features and capabilities click here. Google allows nonprofits to apply for a grant if they need use of Google Maps Engine.