Visualize

Whether you're comparing local demographic trends over time, setting the scene in a broadcast story, or looking to display before-and-after satellite imagery of a disaster area, a map or chart can help bring your data to life and make it easy for your readers and viewers to understand your story.

Google Maps Engine

Want to point your readers to shelter locations after a disaster? Share key locations related to an unfolding trial? Or maybe you’re looking to create and publish a map with detailed county shapefiles overlayed with population data. The Maps Engine family of products offers familiar mapping solutions for beginners and pros on a deadline.

  • Google Maps Engine Lite and Pro: Create an interactive, custom map in minutes with this tool that lets you easily pinpoint locations, and draw lines and polygons on a map. You can also choose from one of nine map styles to best complement the style of your website. Creating a more complex map? Google Maps Engine Pro allows you to display more points, more data layers and add custom icons, in addition to Lite’s features. When you’re ready to share your Lite and Pro maps, copy and paste the provided HTML to embed an interactive version on your website. See the full list of Lite and Pro features, and learn more about upgrading to Pro with a paid subscription
  • Google Maps Engine: For advanced mappers, Maps Engine platform provides an end-to-end, scalable mapping solution, from creating a custom map with complex geospatial data to embedding that data on your website and publishing it to billions of Google Maps users. The Google Maps Engine APIs allow you to access Maps Engine data directly, reading from and writing to your spatial data hosted on our fast and reliable cloud
Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Bay Times uses Maps Engine Lite to pinpoint craft brewery locations in the Tampa, Florida, area.

Google Maps API

The Google Maps API lets you build customized, immersive maps to fit the look and style of your website. Access our comprehensive map data—classic maps, global satellite imagery, Street View—then use Styled Maps to customize the display, from colors to elements like roads and parks. Further engage your audience by visualizing your data with symbols and heatmaps.

Get started with the Google Maps API documentation and check out the developer showcase for inspiration. Note that our generous billing structure ensures that many news uses of the API can be done for free.

Bicycling Routes

The New York Times asked readers around the U.S. to share their bicycling tips and used the Maps API to pinpoint hundreds of reader locations and style the map.

Google Crisis Map

Share emergency and disaster-related information with your readers by embedding our crisis map, which is maintained by the Google Crisis Response team and provides up-to-the-minute information about an incident or crisis in the form of a map. You can also modify and build your own crisis maps by using the open source code used to power our crisis maps. Past Crisis Response work includes the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and Superstorm Sandy in the United States. Learn about more Crisis Response tools under Additional Resources.

Crisis Map

The Google Crisis Response team created a crisis map for the June 2013 floods in Canada, featuring evacuation zones, public alerts, traffic conditions and more.

Google Earth

Take your audience anywhere in the world with Google Earth’s visually distinct, extensive database of satellite and terrain imagery, 3D imagery and models. We frequently update our imagery database in an ongoing effort to accurately document the state of the world. You can also access historical imagery for timelapse and before/after animations, or to see various seasons. There’s much more you can do with Google Earth, and we invite you to learn about these features in our Help Center.

Note that there is both a free and paid-for version of Google Earth. Google Earth Pro gives you the ability to export high-definition movie files of your touring animations (great for television and online video) and save high-resolution images (great for print and websites). Purchase a new license or renew an existing license directly from the Google Earth Pro website.

Google Earth

ABC News illustrates an Oklahoma school hit by the May 2013 tornado using 3D models in Google Earth.

Google Earth Engine Timelapse

Explore the Earth through time with a special timelapse map, featuring Landsat satellite imagery from 1984–2012. Fly anywhere in the world to view stunning changes to the planet’s surface (e.g., urban growth, deforestation), and localize these timelapses by flying to your area of the world and either embedding an interactive version of the map or creating a custom tour. See timelapse highlights on our website, including the sprouting of Dubai’s Palm Islands and the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier.

The Atlantic

The Atlantic illustrates urban growth around the world using Landsat imagery via Earth Engine.

Google Fusion Tables

This web application lets you host, manage, collaborate on, visualize and publish data tables online. Fusion Tables takes large volumes of spreadsheet data and makes it easy to read, present and share. Create charts and maps, and embed them on your website. Use the Fusion Tables Layer Wizard to further customize your map, and Shape Escape to import shapefiles.

The Guardian

The Guardian maps meat consumption around the world using Fusion Tables.

Google Charts

Create interactive charts with your data and embed them on your website. From simple line charts to complex hierarchical tree maps, the chart gallery provides a large number of ready-to-use chart types. Get started with Google Charts and the Visualization API.

Google Chart

Estadão Dados created a chart of voting intentions based on data collected before São Paulo's 2012 mayoral race.

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Permission and Licensing
Learn about Google Maps and Google Earth usage guidelines by visiting the Google Permissions website. If you’d like to use our maps on television or in film, apply for our free broadcast license.