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Easy maps that are easy to update too
May 14, 2007, 10:04 pm
Filed under: data, journalism, maps, online

Wouldn’t you like to make maps of your local restaurants and other favorite spots? I don’t mean you, the private citizen (but maybe you too), but rather you, the newspaper. I know, I know — updating is the thing that scares you. It would scare me. How are you ever going to be able to keep those maps up to date?

Well, what if you could just keep the data in a spreadsheet? An online spreadsheet that could be edited by several suitable people in your newsroom?

Google has your candy. Thanks to Andy Dickinson for finding this.

You haven’t used Google Docs & Spreadsheets yet? (Help files here.) What are you waiting for?

Update (May 15): Andy has a couple of new links to help you out if you’re using WordPress.

Cool uses of Google’s MyMaps: America’s Highway: Oral Histories of Route 66 and Charleston Voters’ Guide 2007.

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