kdmc maps tutorials

KDMC produces a wealth of digital media tutorials to support our training sessions and classes. While the focus of some tutorials is on technology and journalism, most are general enough to be of use to anyone.

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  • Maps Combining Maps and Data Sources
    • Storytelling Apps and Tools
       
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      There are many free applications and online tools journalists can use to make different types of stories, from interactives and graphics to data visualiztions and maps. These are links to many of the most useful and popular ones and tutorials on how to use them.

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    • QGIS basics for Journalists Explore data with GIS maps
       
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      QGIS is a free, open source GIS application that works on most major operating systems. It's a great starting point for journalists who want to explore data with maps. This tutorial will guide you through the basics and give you the tools to make quick interactive data maps that work on every platform.

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    • Map Mashup Resources A list of relevant wikis and examples
       
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      This is a set of resources for map mashups. The resources include links to sample sites used in the KDMC Tech Training Workshops and links to online resources for creating your own map mashups.

      This is not an exhaustive list of resources available; the list will get you started. If you find a great resource, please let us know and we'll add it here.

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    • Using Spreadsheet Data in Google Maps and Google Earth Help users explore your data
       
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      How do you take spreadsheet data and turn it into a great looking map? How do you do this without writing a lick of code? These simple steps will make your mapping work fast and efficient.

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    • Google Map Basics Create map mashups and embed them
       
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      This tutorial will show you how to create your first Google map. These step-by-step instructions are guaranteed to get you started in one of the coolest—and easiest—Web technologies.

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    • Map Mashups: Collaboration How to collaborate building map mashups.
       
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      Map mashups provide a visual location component for data. Collaborating with a reporting team is a great way to visualize a story as the reporting develops. Collaborating with the community on building a map involves direct engagement and can lead to highly relevant and useful information. As with all types of interaction with the community, it is always necessary to monitor and filter community input.

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    • ZeeMaps Take Google maps to the next level
       
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      ZeeMaps is a map mash-up application that can easily map address lists using data from industry-standard .csv [comma separated value] files.

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    • Geotagging and Mapping Photos Shoot photos and geotag them with a GPS device
       
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      Locating photographs and mapping them online is a great way to add another dimension to a story or project. This tutorial will cover methods in tracking the locations where photos are shot and how to get them into maps.

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    • Embedding Map Mashups Things to consider before embedding
       
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      Now that you've learned how to create map mashups, adding them to your site should be a simple matter of copy-and-paste, right? Not so fast - there are a number of issues you may run into when trying to insert the map embed code provided by Google and other providers to your site. We'll cover a few of those here.

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Geotagging and Mapping Photos

Locating photographs and mapping them online is a great way to add another dimension to a story or project. This tutorial will cover methods in tracking the locations where photos are shot and how to get them into maps.

ZeeMaps

ZeeMaps is a map mash-up application that can easily map address lists using data from industry-standard .csv [comma separated value] files.

Using Spreadsheet Data in Google Maps and Google Earth

How do you take spreadsheet data and turn it into a great looking map? How do you do this without writing a lick of code? These simple steps will make your mapping work fast and efficient.

Google Map Basics

This tutorial will show you how to create your first Google map. These step-by-step instructions are guaranteed to get you started in one of the coolest—and easiest—Web technologies.

Map Mashup Resources

This is a set of resources for map mashups. The resources include links to sample sites used in the KDMC Tech Training Workshops and links to online resources for creating your own map mashups.

This is not an exhaustive list of resources available; the list will get you started. If you find a great resource, please let us know and we'll add it here.

QGIS basics for Journalists

QGIS is a free, open source GIS application that works on most major operating systems. It's a great starting point for journalists who want to explore data with maps. This tutorial will guide you through the basics and give you the tools to make quick interactive data maps that work on every platform.

Map Mashups: Collaboration

Map mashups provide a visual location component for data. Collaborating with a reporting team is a great way to visualize a story as the reporting develops. Collaborating with the community on building a map involves direct engagement and can lead to highly relevant and useful information. As with all types of interaction with the community, it is always necessary to monitor and filter community input.

Storytelling Apps and Tools

There are many free applications and online tools journalists can use to make different types of stories, from interactives and graphics to data visualiztions and maps. These are links to many of the most useful and popular ones and tutorials on how to use them.

Embedding Map Mashups

Now that you've learned how to create map mashups, adding them to your site should be a simple matter of copy-and-paste, right? Not so fast - there are a number of issues you may run into when trying to insert the map embed code provided by Google and other providers to your site. We'll cover a few of those here.

Maps Links and Resources

Additional reading, related software, training and more.