Using ZeeMaps to Create a Free Map

​This Tech Tip was submitted by Eric Godin, Associate Director of Education, Association for Institutional Research.

ZeeMaps is an online mapping service that allows users to easily create, publish, and share interactive maps. Maps are stored on ZeeMaps’ server and can be printed or shared with colleagues. While many of the advanced ZeeMaps features are only available after purchasing a subscription, you will be surprised at what you can do for free. The following Tech Tip shows how to use the free options of ZeeMaps to map AIR’s 2012-2013 membership (focusing on the United States).

Step 1: Create a new map. Click “Create a Free Map" and enter the basic map information. Then, click “Create."

 
 
Step 2: Add Markers. There are a number of methods for adding markers on your map. You can add them individually or multiple markers at a time. Because AIR’s 2012-2013 membership includes over 4,000 individuals, I selected “Add (Upload) Multiple Markers.” You can add multiple markers by copy-and-paste, uploading a .csv file or Google Spreadsheet, or using Factual.com.

  

For this demonstration, I uploaded a .csv file with basic location information for all of AIR's 2012-2013 members (city, state, and zip). Because this information will be available for public viewing, and users will be able to click on individual data markers, identifying information has been removed.
 
 
Choose the file you want to upload and ZeeMaps will match the column headers from your file. Data are not uploaded instantaneously, so be prepared for the system to take a few minutes depending on how many data points you have.
 
 

Step 3: Edit the map. Each small red marker represents one person. Highly concentrated areas are grouped together, but you can click on the markers to drill down further into the map. With a subscription, you can change the look and size of markers, as well as print high-quality images.

 
 
Step 4: Share the map. You can share the map by publishing it to your website, creating a high-quality image, or providing a link to the map on the ZeeMaps website. View the public link to the map created above. You can click on individual data points to view that marker's city, state, and zip code. You can include more detailed information in your own map. 
 
 

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Tara posted on 8/14/2013 10:07 AM
Excellent! Thank you for the tip.
Dale posted on 8/14/2013 10:10 AM
I like the look of the maps and look forward to utilizing it with some of my data.
Terry posted on 8/14/2013 10:16 AM
I've used MapPoint in the past and this looks to have just as many features and an even better user interface. I looked at their pricing and it looks very reasonable also.
Sue posted on 8/14/2013 10:19 AM
I've used Tableau for this in the past but I like the visual on this map far better. I can't wait to try this for the incoming class this fall.
Nicole posted on 8/14/2013 10:28 AM
Thanks for the tip! I also use Tableau for mapping, but this is definitely a different look that may be more appropriate for some of my projects.
Melanie posted on 8/14/2013 1:35 PM
Thanks for this. It's nice having a basic free option for a one-off map project!
Fawzia posted on 8/15/2013 8:59 AM
This great! Thank you.
Marlene posted on 8/15/2013 9:33 AM
Great resource to be aware of...thank you!
Maren posted on 8/15/2013 10:19 AM
Thanks! I've used ArcGIS in the past, but for a casual user I found it somewhat cumbersome and time-consuming. This looks like a great tool to incorporate into my office (and free - at least for what I'd need most of the time) -- so that can't be beat!
Nina posted on 8/15/2013 1:15 PM
what a neat tip!! will definitely find it useful for some of my mapping projects. Thank you for sharing...
Dina posted on 6/18/2015 4:14 PM
Wow! I really like how simple this is specially that it is free!