Name: Google Maps
Use For: Visualizing research; Activism
Google Maps allows the user to create maps visualizing data. There are a variety of basemaps the user can choose from. Layers can be added by importing data or drawing data onto the map. The user can import files that are CSV, XLSX, or KML. The user can draw points, lines and shapes onto the map and give these features a title and description. If the user has a particular location where they would like to place a point they can find it using the search bar. The user can add walking, biking and driving routes or use the add directions option which allows the user to include Google directions in the map. There is also a measure distance and area tool.
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. Maps can also be shared through a link, printed, turned into a KML file or embedded. Google Maps is particularly well suited for communicating the path of a march or the location of a human rights event. For more advanced mapping and sharing options the user can use Google Maps Engine.