Finally, the last post on the Google Earth, Google My Maps and & GIS interface series! By now, you should know how to create line and point features on Google Earth, export it into a KMZ file, import it into ArcMap, properly store it and manipulate it as well as export KMZ files from ArcMap.
The last piece is to import it into Google My Maps, a more user-friendly interface for the public and project partners.
Import Data into Google My Maps
- Go to https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/
- Click > Create a New Map
- Give a title to your map by clicking on “Untitled Map” on the upper left corner.
- Under the layer name click Import. See that you are able to import not only KML (KMZ-file family) files but also XSLX, CSV and GPX. Browse and upload your KMZ file.
- Notice that the platform will place line and point data into different layers. On the layer menu, you are able to toggle layers on and off.
- By clicking on the three points next to the layer name, you are able to rename, delete or open the data table of the layer.
- Click > Open Data Table. If you brought your data from ArcMap, the data table will contain as much information as you were able to input in the software. If you are bringing your KMZ directly from Google Earth, you’ll have the chance to change each data entry’s name and add a description.
- Close out of the Data Table and Click > Individual Styles. You are able to set the feature style by different attributes such as name and description.
- After choosing the style for your data features. You can experiment by clicking directly on them in the map. Notice you are able to change the color, thickness, name, description of it as well as add pictures.
- Next step is to choose a base map for your project. Click > Base Map directly under the last layer listed on the drop-down menu.
- Note that you can also create point and line data, as well we perform measurements in Google My Maps. But you don’t have access to the timeline feature in Google Earth that lets you access older aerials or Google Street View.
- Finally, Click>Share so you can acquire a link, choose the public, invite collaborators and share it via different platforms!
Now you should have a better understanding of using one mapping platform versus another and choosing the best one for your projects.
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