Mapping and Geocoding

Mapping and Geocoding

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Spatial Journalism Newsletter
A great newletter on mapping and geospatial journalism from Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State.

Atlas of Surveillance
A database and map of what surveillance technologies are used by police agencies across the United States. It is designed specifically for journalists reporting on the growth of high-tech policing.

EthicalGeo: Ethical Mapping — How Not to Map

GeoJournalism.org
Online training and resources for journalists, designers and developers to dive into data visualization using geographic data.

GIJN Guide for Finding and Using Satellite Images


MAPPING AND GEOCODING TOOLS

Google Flourish
Turn spreadsheets into responsive interactive maps.

Datawrapper.de
Build simple interactive charts and graphics with this browser-based tool.

StoryMap JS
Free, open source tool helps you build interactive maps.

Carto.com
Build all types of interactive maps, including timelapse maps.

Maphub
Create interactive maps.

TimeMapper

Let’s Make a Bubble Map Tutorial

PixelMap Generator

Polymaps
Mapping tool. JavaScript library for image- and vector-tiled maps in SVG (scalable vector graphics)

Maps4News
A responsive, interactive map-making tool released in June 2019. The simple interface can be used to create and publish beautiful basic story locators or to make map visualizations of your data.

Comparea
See a visual comparison of two states, cities, countries or continents. Move them around. It will also tell how many times bigger a geographic area is to another.

GeoJournalism.org
Online training and resources for journalists, designers and developers to dive into data visualization using geographic data.

Bellingcat Maps, Satellite and Streetview

Data Viz Mapping Tools

EthicalGeo: Ethical Mapping — How Not to Map


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


Quickstart Mapping Guides
Links galore and some great primers.

Heatmap.js
Build cool heatmaps for your websites.

Geocoding Tipsheet
Amanda Hickman set up a great tipsheet on this page.

Geocode by Awesome Table
A Google Sheets extension that will geocode a column of addresses.

Batch Geo
Mapping tool.

Geocod.io
Geocode addresses in a spreadsheet. Requires a fee.

GIJN Guide for Finding and Using Satellite Images

Digital Globe
Satellite and geospatial data resources. Requires a fee.

Planet
Archive of base maps. Requires a fee.

Python U.S. Census Geocoder

Texas A&M Free Geocode Tool

Highmaps
From Highcharts, this tool helps make HTML 5, Javascript maps.

Statplanet
Free application for creating interactive maps which are fully customizable.

100 Years of National Geographic Maps
Photo-based storytelling platform.

Ken Blake: Making a Quick Locator Map

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map

Data and ImageryViewers

Pull Earth Imagery with Bash


MORE MAPPING TOOLS

Google MyMaps
Build quick-and-dirty maps on the fly.

Google Flourish
Build more advanced maps using only a spreadsheet.

Google Maps Gallery
Examples galore of great Google Maps projects.

Comparea
See a visual comparison of two states, cities, countries or continents. Move them around. It will also tell how many times bigger a geographic area is to another.

MapCreator.io

F4Map.com
Create cool 3D maps, but there is no embed or download option. You have to screenshot them.

JournalismTools.io: Mapping and Data Visualization Tools

Carto.com
Mapping tool with cool features such as timelapse maps.

Maphub
Create interactive maps.

National Landcover Database
Land cover information at the national scale for a wide variety of environmental, land management, and modeling applications.

Over-View
A map that contains thousands of free, high-res satellite images of the Earth.

Data and ImageryViewers

Pull Earth Imagery with Bash

Use QGIS to Create an Australia Wildfire Map (NICAR 2020)
Great exercise.

Use QGIS to Filter and Analyze Australia Wildfire Data (NICAR 2020)


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map

NASA Landsat
Pull satellite imagery.

AM Charts and Maps
Build great data visualizations with Javascript.

F4Map.com
Create cool 3D maps, but there is no embed or download option. You have to screenshot them.

GroundSignal.com
Location-based search.

Maphub
Create interactive maps.

Google Moon
Zoom in on areas of the moon. Works similar to Google Earth.

Polymaps
Mapping tool. JavaScript library for image- and vector-tiled maps in SVG (scalable vector graphics)

Data Viz Mapping Tools

GeoSearchTool
Type in an address or location with a time frame and find videos uploaded from that area. Great for fact-checking locations and crowdsourcing.

Maps4News
A responsive, interactive map-making tool released in June 2019. The simple interface can be used to create and publish beautiful basic story locators or to make map visualizations of your data.

NatGeo: Topographical Maps
Every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site. Easy print out.

ALERTWildfire Network Map
A consortium of three universities — The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) — providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


Ken Blake: Making a Quick Locator Map

Atlas of Surveillance
A database and map of what surveillance technologies are used by police agencies across the United States. It is designed specifically for journalists reporting on the growth of high-tech policing.

Google Earth Timelapse
Track changes over 32 years to environment, city, region.

WikiMapia
Use for fact-checking locations of photos and videos shared on social media.

Bellingcat: A Beginner’s Guide to Flight Tracking

Batch Geo
Mapping tool.

Google My Maps Now in Drive
Primer from Google, December 2014.

SnapMap
A live map of all the public stories people are sharing on Snapchat

PixelMap Generator

Lifehacker: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

BackCountryMaps.com
A Google Maps-based map with great information for all the backroads and by-ways.

Crowdmap
Helps you collect data from web, cell phones, etc., aggregate it and visualize it on a map.

U.S. Census Maps

Mapillary
A street-level imagery platform, powered by collaboration and computer vision. Use it to find user generated pictures of a variety of countries and cities.

MapChecking
Estimate crowd sizes with the maps mashup tool.

Latino News Media Map
An interactive map and directory of nearly 600 Latino news media outlets in the United States and Puerto Rico and a companion to the “State of the Latino News Media Report” by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


Free State Maps
Rights-free maps.

Color Brewer
Tool for selecting color schemes for cartography. Great tool.

MapAList
Turn spreadsheets into searchable maps.

AM Charts and Maps
Build great data visualizations with Javascript.

MyGeoPosition
Type in an address to get longitude/latitude. Also use it wit Twitter’s search to locate tweets in a specific area.

Stamen Maps
Free mapping tool.

HeatMapTool

Chartsbin
Web-based data visualization tool.

Statplanet
Free application for creating interactive maps which are fully customizable.

Creately
Build collaborative flowcharts and graphics.

Global Maps Show Press Freedoms by Country
From the Global Post, the maps and stories show you the best/worst countries to be a journalist.

How to Make a Real-Time Travel Map
From the Thematic Mapping Blog.

Google World Wonders Project
Usings its StreetView technology, this Google tool lets you by continent or by themes — historic sites, wonders of nature, etc.

Highcharts Maps
Create Maps visualizations.

Heatmap.js
Build cool heatmaps for your websites.

Ushahidi
Open source code for interactive mapping.

Intro to Mapping and Mashing with Google Fusion Tables

Intro to Mapping and Mashing with Google Fusion Tables

Tutorial: QGIS Basics For Journalists
Free training from KDMC.

Georeferencer
Compare the past with the present. Old maps over Google maps.


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


Free or cheap data tools for newsrooms

Essential Visualization Tools for Mapping

Mapstarter
Turn a geographic data file into a map.

Landline
A JavaScript library that creates SVG maps from GeoJSON. It comes with Stateline, which makes creating responsive U.S. state and county maps easy. Pull it off of GitHub.

Quickstart Mapping Guides
Links galore and some great primers.

SickWeather Map
Download this map in iTunes. It shows you a map of sickness hot zones.

Autocomplete Maps
Autocomplete Maps are a way to display Google Search Autocomplete results for a collection of places on a map. Although the results are not necessarily scientific or correct they can be quite informative and/or entertaining. Clicking the labels will display a list of all the Autocomplete results that were obtained.

Mapquest.com
Get lost all the time? This will help you search by address and zip code and get driving directions.

Iraq: Map Sources
In .PDF formats.

Remapping Debate

WhatWasThere
A Google Maps mashup of historical photos. Type in an address or intersection and you get photos of what used to be there.

Video: Tutorial on How to Use BatchGeo with Google Maps

Placeopedia.com
Jon Dube has pointed out this site: Wikipedia has entries about towns and geographic locations. This site links about places in Wikipedia with Google’s map tool.

MapBlast.com
Search by address and zip code.

Pew Social Trends
Social, demographics and stats galore. Great resource for localizing these national/global trends in your community. Has stats down to the local level.

Atlapedia Online
Full-color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

Geographic Encyclopedia

Global Map of Natural Disasters
This interactive map mashup shows disasters around the globe.

Meograph
Build maps/timelines in this mashup tool. Great way to build interactive stories.

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool
Analyze college campus crime statistics with this resource from the Office of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

OpenStreetMap
A free Wiki world map.

Sepiatown: Mapped Historical Photos, Film and Audio
Upload historical images by location. Then/now tool compares Google Streetview images along with images from the past.

OnTheMap for Emergency Management
Access detailed U.S. Census Bureau reports on the workforce and population for current natural hazard and emergency related events.

Rethinking Schools: Online Geography Test
A good quiz to give young

Yahoo! Maps
Allows you to pick any address and automatically map businesses and other entities in more than 50 categories.

Multimap
Online maps to everywhere.

Library of Congress: Maps Archives
The Library of Congress offers a massive collection of maps spanning more than 1,000 years.

Google Moon
Use the image map to track past Apollo missions and zoom in on various areas.

Google Earth
Free site that allows you to zoom in on your address/zip code from a satellite image.


For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.


WorldMapper

Mapperz Mapping News
A blog about mapping.

GEMMA: Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications
From Gemma: “allows you to create Google Maps with data from a number of different sources. It is possible to create maps with gemma with layers from MapTube, SurveyMapper, OpenStreetMap and from your own data. Gemma even has an accompanying iPhone app that lets you record observations on the go and then upload them to a gemma map.”

Manhattan Address Locator
Helps you find the cross streat to the avenue and number. Easy to use.

Terrorist Attacks: Regional Maps of Afghanistan
Several maps of Afghanistan, Kabul and several other places in the country and region. From the University of Texas at Austin.

Historical Maps of Afghanistan

Ersys
A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts — all freely available.

CNN Interactive Maps of Sept. 11

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Maptitude: Zip Code-Based Maps
Does zip-code based maps on everything from brownfields to public-assisted households to entitlement zones.

USNaviGuide.com
ZIP code finder. Look up all of the zip codes for a specific area.

Maporama.com

How Far Is It? Distance Calculator

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search

MSN Live Search Maps

W3 Web Tutorials
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.

MapJack

Earthmine
Inventory of 3-D maps.

Everyscape


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