PolicyMap: Getting Started

Adding Data Points

Users can take advantage of the mapping capabilities in PolicyMap by uploading their own data points for use. Data uploaded must include:

  • A valid street address (complete with 5 digit zip) OR latitude / longitude
    • If you have zip+4, PolicyMap can not support the file.   You will need to either adjust the zip to 5 digits, or as you upload the data, tell it to read the zip code as a "number" and not a zip code.  It will then place the data on the map according to latitude /longitude.
  • Be saved as a .csv file
  • Only have one worksheet per file.
  • Contains less then 5000 rows.   If the dataset is larger, please save into two or more separate files.
  • Instead of uploaded spreadsheets, you have option of adding Data Points directly onto a map.

To get started:

  • Select the "Uploaded Data" option.
  • Select the Spreadsheet option
  • Name your data points.   Choose a name that is informative, especially if you want to share the data with all users of the Binghamton University Libraries' account.
  • Select the option to share the data.  If want sole access to the data, contact PolicyMap about an individual account.
  • Import your spreadsheet.
    • You will be notified if any adjustments need to be made to your spreadsheet. Once the upload is complete, a green circle to the far left indicates that row was accepted, red indicates that there was a problem.
    • Adjust the spreadsheet, if needed, and re-upload to correct any errors.
    • Click Save.  
  • Data uploaded by Binghamton University users will be available under the "Upload Data" tab.

Downloading Data

Signed-in users can also download over 37,00 individual data points into a CSV file.  More information on how to do it can be found on the blog post or at the video below.

Finding Data

Here are some places to look for data that might be uploaded into PolicyMap.