Google Fusion tables are an excellent way to map data. They give you a means to create intensity maps showing any statistics you care to mention that vary regionally, such as crime, unemployment or age. Google Maps recognises a type of file called a KML file. To Google KML files are just sets of coordinates that make up a shape, but to us they can mark out London from the rest of the UK, wards in Bristol or the entire world’s borders.
Simon Rogers (a City visiting lecturer) has a handy bank of KML files, but if you can’t find the perfect one that suits your needs the answer might be to create it yourself. This post builds on Dane Watkins’s post here. For this example, we’re going to create a KML file of wards in Bristol (you’ll need a Google account for this). Continue reading “How to draw your own Fusion table maps”