Mapd: as an open-source SQL engine, Mapd is an analytics platform that creates visual representations of data to enhance analysis and interaction, including functionalities for multi-layered geospatial mapping. Explore their interactive demos, of which we highlight this live tweet map. Free/Paid.
ArcGIS: A system for working with maps and geographic information. Frequently used for making maps, analyzing mapped information and managing geographic information in a database. Add your maps to powerpoint, or create a StoryMap around spatial data (tutorial here). ArcGIS is accessible on the Data Services workstations (located within the Research Commons on the 5th floor of …
Carto: A platform that provides GIS and web mapping tools for display in a web browser, Carto is great if you want to map a dataset. NYU students, faculty, and researchers can get a Carto account when they sign up here with their NYU email.
Kumu: Kumu allows users to visually map data and then use filters, metrics, discussions, and presentations to engage discussions. Free for students and teachers (with .edu email).
Google Tour Builder: Originally created as storytelling tool for war veterans, Tour Builder is now in beta and available for the public. There are three different types of timelines (Linear, Hub, and Disabled) that control how the lines between pins are drawn and how your story progresses. Pins can be dropped onto a location, and …
Social Explorer: a database containing current and historical demographic data primarily from the United States with features for users to create custom maps and reports to visualize and explore said data. Map features include side-by-side visualization, swipe toggling, multimedia annotations, and multi-map presentations. FREE for NYU community.
Google My Maps : With Google My Maps, you can create custom maps to share and publish online. You can add multiple layers of locations, directions, photos and images. Data can also be imported and mapped. FREE.
Historypin : A crowdsourced collection of photographs, documents, sounds, and moving images that are geo-located. See our blog post on how to use HistoryPin, and this brief article on incorporating Historypin in the classroom. FREE.
StoryMapJS: Easily create stunning, embeddable, multimedia story maps with this free tool. You can use the default map, or create your own image map. Here’s an example:
CartoDB’s Odyssey: create interactive, map-driven stories in a simple sandbox, and embed the final product anywhere. Combine your text with Odyssey’s library , and explore templates, actions and behaviors directly on the sandbox prior to publishing. See an example.
MyHistro: combine timeline and map with a user-friendly interface. Good Google Maps integration and free mobile app available. FREE.
TimeMapper: ideal for integrating timelines to a map. Uses Google Spreadsheets as your data and links source. Easy to publish and share in multiple platforms, but is not embeddable in a Web Publishing site. See an example of TimeMapper, as used by Gallatin’s Lauren Walsh. FREE; no signup required.
Omeka: flexible open-source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Scholars may use Omeka to publish an essay or digital dissertation, share primary source collections, and collaborate with others in the creation of digital scholarship, while educators may build inquiry-based tasks for students, create lesson plans with accompanying primary sources, or …
SnapMap: places an Instagram user’s 20 most recent geo-tagged photos onto a map that can be shared instantly or exported into StoryMapJS. FREE.
Story Maps: Story Maps is an open source application which allows users to create map based narratives without coding. The platform also allows for crowd-sourced maps and uploading of images. FREE.
Map Warper: an open source map warping/geo rectifying service. Find maps and other imagery, organized by tags, upload your own, and correct them against a real map. Also check NYPL’s Map Warper database, and how to integrate it with CartoDB.
Mapbox: allows you to edit map styles, add data, and save your project. Once saved, you can share and embed your Mapbox project and download your data as a GeoJSON or KML file. A starter plan gets 100MB of data storage. FREE/PRO.
Clio: a website and mobile app that uses GPS to locate a user’s location and guide them to historical and cultural sites around them. Each entry contains information such as links to relevant books and articles, sources, and media files. FREE.
Palladio: A data visualization tool that was developed in Stanford’s Humanities and Design Lab. There is no need to create an account, and data can be uploaded within the browser. Map and graph visualizations can be exported as .svg files. There are also list and gallery views where data can be linked to outside web-based …