Mapping Data with Datawrapper
In our last newsletter, I wrote about how to build basic charts with Datawrapper. In this edition, we’ll explore how to build choropleth and locator maps with Datawrapper.
Datawrapper is one of many mapping tools we list on Journalist’s Toolbox. The free version offers many options choropleth, symbol and locator maps. The tools was developed by a team of 18 data visualists and journalists, and is available in several languages.
The tool is great for building “day-turn” maps that journalists must produce quickly. The graphics can be exported as interactive, embeddable maps or as static images for print (the quality is surprisingly good).
Datawrapper also offers “The River” — a wonderful collection of maps and charts from all over the world. It’s great inspiration and can be helpful for developing graphic and story ideas.
I think it’s one of the best tools for building choropleth maps as it has so many options (world countries, US states, census tracts, congressional districts, etc.) from all over the world. It has sample datasets you can practice with, or you can just start by importing your own sets.
The software does an admirable job of matching the columns in your dataset to its built-in shape files. It’s one of the easiest tools I’ve used for building these types of maps.
Video: This training video offers exercises for building choropleth and 3-D locator maps in the free version of Datawrapper.
Around the Web
KMZ to Shapefile Converter
Use this free tool to convert shapefiles to work with various types of maps and images.
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