As of mid-summer, users can now create and manage their own maps via Google Drive, called "Google My Maps" or simply "My Maps." All you need to do is setup a free Google Drive account, click on "My Drive" at the top, then "New File", and "Google My Maps"
|Google created a very user friendly way for users to make online maps from Google Drive.|
In this example, we will look at a spreadsheet of Substance Abuse Clinics (2011) from the City of Chicago of Data Portal. After clicking "Import, we are asked to select the location field(s). It can handle addresses in a single or multiple fields. Next, you will be asked what name/title for your places should be.
|If Google has problems geocoding a spreadsheet, you will receive a warning.|
Next, we will symbolize the markers by "Population Served" or age groups that each clinic serves. You can also change the symbols for each class.
|Google allows map creators to make changes to symbology.|
|You can even add a widget for people to get directions.|
|What the map looks like so far. Clicking on markers brings up attribute data.|