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‘Globalization and Me’ mapping guide

A. Preparations
1) First, if you do not already have one, create a Google account and remember your
Gmail address and password. It is free to set up an account like this, and can be done
easily on the Google New Accounts page.

Just be sure to remember your password and Gmail address.
2) Once you have a Google account, sign in and go to You can verify you are signed in at the upper right
of the page

tab on the lower right. Begin by reflecting on all the different counties in the world to which you can trace ties from your community. You will see the new title and description you wrote on the upper left of the map. or the middle mouse key) to scale the map so that you can see all the countries in the world to which your community is tied. 7) Now you are ready to start making your map. 4) Click on the upper left where it says “untitled map” and a new input box will appear. Once you have done this. A map showing some of the sites of Seattle that land-mark global ties) 6) Click on save and return to the map. . Creating your map 3) Now try creating a map of your own by clicking the ‘Create a new map’ button itself. Matt Sparke’s Global Seattle) 5) Now also fill in the description box to give a more detailed description of your map (e. click on the map itself and use the scale tool (+/.g.g.B. Input a short catchy title that links your name with that of the community you want to map (e.

One way to identify some possibilities is to go back to a regular google maps display.C. zoom in on your community. just click on place marker icon in the bar: 10) Then for each place-marker write in: .  Then write down your list: For example… i) Pike Place Market – global tourist icon and commercial tie to global supply chains ii) Seattle Center – world’s fair center turned 1999 base for global justice protesters iii) Gates Foundation HQ – center for global humanitarian projects iv) Amazon HQ – global management center for the corporation v) UW Department of Global Health – center for research and teaching on global health 9) Once you have your list of places to mark on your map you can start adding them back in google my maps. But you might also want to identify some local government and nongovernment agencies. and type the word ‘global’ into the search box in the upper left hand corner like this. The commercial connections of shops and restaurants are easy examples to pick. To do this. To do this. or institutions such as universities and colleges with non-market ties to global affairs. Adding and Editing Features to your Map Place markers 8) Now you need to add place markers to show the 5 sites in your community that seem to you to land-mark global ties in the most obvious ways. begin by creating a list of sites for selection.

click SAVE (you can always return and edit it later. just double click on the last circle in the line you have just drawn. To do this. and “More Icons”. “Individual styles” will allow you to customize each map marker—Select “Individual Styles”.a) A title for the place marker (that will also show up at the top of the menu of all the place-markers you create on the left side of the screen). you can start to add their global ties to your map. and then click the cancel button and trash-can icon. and URL links to other websites) c) Once you have entered a title and description. Select “More Icons” and either use one of the options available there or find an image of your own to use as an icon by simply doing an image search and getting the url to add. Click on the line icon and this will allow you to start adding lines to your map that depict key sourcing ties. If you want to delete a line altogether just click on it until you get into edit mode again (sometimes this is tricky if the scale of the map is too small). movies.g. To turn off line drawing. b) A description of the place and its global ties (into which you can include photos. You can also edit the width of each line which may be useful if you are scaled way out on the map. and any place markers you don’t like can be deleted easily by clicking the garbage can icon instead of save) 11) For each place-marker you can also now edit the marker icon itself to add a customized icon from the menu or from a web url-accessed image file. 13) Now that you have located your local places. “Icon Shape”. green lines for financial ties. Line colors can be changed in the same way that you changed the first icon in the box on the left. A drop-box will appear offering several different options for the icons you use. 12) From here. red lines for trade ties. blue lines for humanitarian ties and so on). just click on the paint-bucket icon in the list of place-markers on the left side of the map underneath the “Style” tab. you will have the option to select “Color”. . Try to use different line colors for different sorts of tie (e. The icon description will change from “All Items to the title you gave the first marker. Hover your mouse over the name of the marker and click the paint icon that appears. Play around with this tool a little and you will see that you can easily create both straight lines and jagged lines.

you can return and edit the description. carbon footprints) that are both distance-based and politically significant. or line. Each line and description you add will become a clickable feature on the final map. add as many as you want to map all the crucial global ties that you have discovered in your research of your community. marker. title.g. if not. click on the camera icon: A very convenient feature is that you can search for images and videos to link to your map directly from the map engine. or. and any user that clicks the line will open up a box with the description and its embedded links and photos. click on “SELECT”: . and color of the line anytime. With the editing option on (the pencil when you click on the marker). Again. These are useful for communicating details about how your local connected globally. you can delete it. places are Click SAVE when you are happy with the description box. it also re-saves the entire map Photo and Video Links 15) Remember you can also add images or video links to your icons and lines. This is a good feature to note or use if you are addressing ‘food miles’ or other similar sorts of supply chain metrics (e.Each line needs a title and description too. 14) Now that you know how to add lines that show global ties. After choosing a picture (note that you can scroll down for more options). Note that each time you save a title. The line description boxes also automatically calculate the physical distance of the line.

Once the line is editable. so you don’t have to worry about your map getting too cluttered. select the line in the map or from the list on the side menu and edit (click the pencil icon). To fix this. click Save. scroll over end points of the line until you see a white square. click “SAVE” on the description Now when viewers click on the icon. you may find that their end points are not accurately located when you zoom into the neighborhood scale of a city or region. 16) After reviewing your lines with the editing off. the image will not show up unless the particular marker is selected. . You can also link videos.Once you box. You may have to play with the scale of the map a few times until you can move the lines’ end points to the correct locations. then drag this square to a more accurate location. Once you are happy with all the lines. you return to the map page. appear. the image will Note that the image won’t appear unless have the icon or line selected. Again.

take some screen shots to use as figures in your ‘Globalization and Me’ research essay. you can provide a title and description for any enclosed market regions you create this way. You will also need to change the privacy settings to at least “Anyone who has the link can view” so that your classmates and the instructor can view your map. If you so desire. . Just as with lines and place-markers. 20) To post your map to the class forums. you can create a line right around the local area. 19) Finally. 18) Once you are entirely happy with your map. Simply connect up all the points of a line together in a polygon and google sees it as a polygon which you can then color in. Using the shape tool. copy the link generated when you click on “Share”. click on the “share” button near the top right of your map and use this to generate the URL you will use to share your map with the instructor and class. You can also edit their color and transparency. define and demarcate as a shape using the box on the left of the screen. you could also use this URL to embed the map in other websites including Facebook and/or any class site created for sharing the maps by your instructor. Then click Done.D) Finishing Up 17) A useful way to define finally the parameters of your local-but-global community is to use the shape tool to created a bounded polygon around the community on the map.

Your instructor may also suggest that you invite fellow classmates to collaborate on the mapping project. Now you are really done! Congratulations!!! . To do this at any point. just click the Collaborate button and add their emails.