Making simple maps

Draft, 12 April 2016
This page should be in a useful state, but still needs work before it's finished.

This tutorial will show you how to create simple data-driven maps using free, cloud-based software.


This tutorial uses free (or freemium) cloud-based mapping services.

Google My Maps

  • Easy to get started
  • Limit of 2000 points
  • Limited formatting options


  • Easy to import and display data
  • Powerful platform for data manipulation and visualisation (use your own PostGIS queries)
  • Can’t edit base maps (but can import custom base maps from MapBox)
  • Limits on free account


  • Powerful styling abilities
  • Make your own base maps and tilesets
  • Limits on free account

Getting started

Cleaning data

More advanced maps with CartoDB

Storytelling with maps


maps CartoDB