Google maps and google My Places just keeps getting better.

The potential to apply geo mapping to a whole range of task has become easier than ever allowing us to visualise concepts that was historically only available to a small few with fancy mapping software.  Nowadays Google  provides a powerful mapping engine accessible to everyone to create amazing mapping experiences.  One cannot help but be impressed.

Google makes things even easier by providing an import function that allows us to import KML (keyhole markup language) co-ordinates straight into your own maps.

There are two distinct tools that can be used and both are very similar in their import methods.  My Maps and Google earth.

Before we start, its important not to confuse the google earth “view” that the online mapping provides and the Google Earth downloadable app that runs on your computer.   I tend to use google My Maps more often only because I can access it from any computer.  Google Earth runs on a single computer.  But if you were to load google earth on all computers that you use, it has the ability to sign in and access your online saved maps making portability not so much of an issue.  It then becomes a matter of preference.  If you haven’t looked at google earth, it ts seriously worth a look.  It’s a free download from google.  Download it here http://earth.google.com

To install google earth, have a look at the instructions below.


Importing KML data into Google My Places

1. Login to your google account and select maps

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2. When the mapping engine loads, look for the setting gear that appears in the bottom right corner

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3. Select My Places

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4. With the My Places window open, select create map with classic maps

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5. Give your map a title, description and then import your KML file.

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6. Browse for your KML file that you have saved to your computer

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The file will upload….

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7.  Once the import has finished, you may notice that NOT all markers are visible.  Scroll down the bottom of the list on the left and check to see if there is more than one page.  You will be able to select multiple pages.

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8. Some data imports have attributes for each marker.  This means that by clicking on a marker, there may be some information displayed in a bubble.


Importing KML data into Google Earth App

For instructions on installing Google Earth, have a look here.

1. Open Google Earth.

2. From the menu, select Open…

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3. You will be prompted to browse for your KML file located on your computer

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4. Once the import is complete, its possible that the markers will be loaded into Temporary Places and they may not visible…

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5.  Simply check the box next to the temporary folder and the makers will appear.

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6. Some data imports have attributes for each marker.  This means that by clicking on a marker, there may be some information displayed in a bubble.


Installing Google Earth

Google Earth is a free download from google.  Download it here http://earth.google.com

There is a pro version available with some extra toys as well.

1. Google will ask you to agree to its terms of  Service.  Once you agree an installer file will be saved to your computer.

2. Once downloaded, click the installer file and you may receive the following prompt:

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3. The installer will run and then download some extra files that it needs.

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4.  Google earth will then Open

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