Customized maps of your project area are the best way to tell a story about a place using data. Entering the mapping mode allows you to upload your own data as a layer, interact with charts, and add annotations to communicate and gather feedback about a project. Let's take a closer look at what you see when you open up the map page (we'll explain how everything works later).
- This is the main map interface, where you can visualize your data geographically. You can work with the entire map extent, or narrow into a specific place to analyze it more closely.
- This is your tool bar. In order, from top to bottom, you can see the Map Information tab, the Annotations tab, the Charts tab, the Draw Area of Interest tool, the Upload a Layer tool, and the Map Settings tool.
- This is your area of interest selector. This is where you can select an area of interest, such as a city, neighborhood, zip code, etc. This selector has the ability to be toggled on and off, using the check box to the left.
- These are your "Display map by" and "Display data by" tabs. The "Display map by" tab is where you can go to select different datasets to display. The "Display data by" tab allows to select which type of boundary you want to work with (such as state, county, ZIP code, or census block group, just to name a few).
- This is your Map Extent box. This box will tell you the value of your data for the entire viewable map - for example, if you changed the dataset from Total Population to a dataset displaying the total number of people with a high school degree, the box would reflect that new dataset and value.
- The buttons on this bar display all of your options for sharing/exporting your map and map information. You can save your map to come back and work on it later, download the raw data you've gotten from your map, share your map with others, or print it.
- This is your scale bar. The gradient on the bar represents the scale of the values from your dataset. For example, the map is showing the dataset Total Population. The state that is the lightest shade of green has the lowest total population, while the state that is the darkest shade of green has the highest total population.
Now that you understand more about the layout of the mapping mode, it's time to build your own!