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Online Mapping Tools: Getting Started

There are many different online mapping tools available and deciding which one to use can be tricky. This guide allows users to determine which application would be most useful for their project.

Online Mapping Applications

ArcOnline

Description
Online mapping application with myriad of analysis options
Pros
Users can perform spatial analysis on geocoded points. Users are also able to create Story Maps that tells a story using your map and video, audio, photographs, and text.
Cons
Requires subscription to ArcGIS services and application has a learning curve.
How many point locations?
40 credits/1,000 geocodes
Import file types
.csv, .gpsx, .kml, .wms, .wmts, .zip, .txt, .shp, web service, GeoRSS, and URLs
Export file types
.shp
Sharing
Share with others in your organization or embed in a website
URL
www.arcgis.com

BatchGeo

Description
Online mapping of users Excel data.
Pros
Easy to geocode (drag and drop excel spreadsheet into website). Can calculate straight line distance if desired.
Cons
Limited export options. Calculate distance on one point at a time.
How many point locations?
18,000
Import file types
.xlsx. Need to have name, adtress, city, state, and zip code as headers.
Export file types
.kml. PDF of PNG if users have paid version.
Sharing
Need to save map as "Unlisted" or once you've downloaded the BatchGeo App, click the "Share Button" while viewing map and enter recipients email adtresses.
URL
www.batchgeo.com

Google Fusion

Description
Online mapping tool using Google Docs.
Pros
Easy to connect to data and share. Users can also create interactive maps with pop-up capabilities with pictures.
Cons
Users need to ensure adtress information is in one column and the column with the adtresses are formatted from text to location.
How many point locations?
2,500/day
Import file types
.csv, .tsv, .txt, .kml, or .xlsx
Export file types
.kml or .csv.
Sharing
Data is stored in Google Drive and can share with viewers or editors. Users can also publish to web
URL
Google Fusion Tables

CartoDB

Description
Built on PostgreSQL and PostGIS and lets users build applications on web and mobile devices.
Pros
Can perform column or spatial join and users can manually map points, line, or polygons.
Cons
Limited number of geocode options and need to upgrade to use analysis features.
How many point locations?
100/month
Import file types
.shp, .csv, .tab, .kml, .xlsx, .geojson, .gpx, .osm, .ods, Google Drive documents, Dropbox, Twitter, Instagram, ArcGIS Online, Sales Force or MailChimp.
Export file types
.csv, .shp, .kml, .svg, and .geojson
Sharing
Connect to Google Drive or Dropbox and share. Users can also send web link, embed in a website, or embed in an application.
URL
www.cartodb.com

Subject Guide

Jena Happ
Contact:
226 Bostock
(919) 613-6256