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Brainstorming to select Mapping Outcome

Howdy! The Map & GIS Library at Texas A&M University would like to share some of the questions that we consider useful to explore before making decisions on how to map your tabular data.


  1. What kind of maps do you need to offer to the user?
    • Fixed maps
    • Interactive maps
  2. Would the data be constantly changing or is it a fixed dataset?
  3. Have you thought how will you distribute your maps?
    • Hard copies, brochures, etc.
    • Maps offered in your organization's website
    • Maps can be shared through any web mapping interface
  4. Are the data intended for public domain, limited or secured access?
    • Maps can be open to the public
    • Data will be shared with collaborators only
    • Access with password only


  1. At what geography level do you have the data?
    • Political boundaries: State, county, city, etc.
    • Census geographies: Census tracts, census block group, census block, etc.
    • Special boundaries: School districts, police beats, agricultural districts, etc.
  2. Do you need to display the data as polygons or data point would work?
  3. Do you need to display one dataset, or do you need to combine two datasets?


  1. Have you identified one or few maps that you would like to replicate with your data?
  2. Are there any projects on your field of study that you could use as reference to find reliable data sources?

    Geospatial Librarian

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    Cecilia Smith, Ph.D.
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