OurMap of Environmental Justice
OurMap of EJ is built with the open source Google MyMap tool. It shows the Assets and Toxins Tour, video interviews with community residents and pictures, stories and videos about our struggle to attain environmental justice. We are also mapping other sites in the environmental justice movement with links to youth groups like ours. Click on the blue words below the map that read View Larger Map to take you to GoogleMyMaps.
Would You Like To Add To This Map?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com stating your organization’s name, purpose, and what you would like to add and we will add you as a collaborator. Make sure you send us the e-mail address that you will be using when you add to the map. Below are instructions for adding to the map.
How To Make A Multimedia Google Map
If starting a new map, start from step 1. If adding to an already existing map, start from step 3.
1. Go to www.google.com/maps
-Click on the â€œMy Mapsâ€ tab
-Click on the â€œCreate New Mapâ€ button
-Sign in to your Google account, or create an account
2. A blank map will appear. On the left side will be a box for you to put in a title and a box for you to put in a description. Below that are two options for your map- public or unlisted. Click the box which your prefer.
2a. Notice that above the title box there are two buttons, Save and Done. It is good to save your work frequently. When you click the Save button it will change to â€œSavedâ€. When you are done editing the map, click the â€œDoneâ€ button. Once clicked, the Done and Save buttons will be replaced with an â€œEditâ€ button.
3. When in Edit mode, 4 buttons will appear in the top left corner of your map. The first button has a hand icon on it and is the â€œselect/edit map featuresâ€ button. The next button has what looks like a balloon on it and is the â€œadd a placemarkâ€ button. The next button, with a zigzag line on it, is the â€œdraw a lineâ€ button. The last button has a geometric shape on it and is the â€œdraw a shape buttonâ€.
3a. The select/edit button is just like an arrow tool, used for selecting things. If you hold down a left click and move the mouse, you can move the map perspective manually. To zoom in and out you can use the click wheel. (Another way to move and zoom is the buttons to the left of the 4 edit buttons. To move north, south, east, or west, click on the respective arrow. To zoom in click the plus sign, to zoom out click the minus sign.) To edit a marker youâ€™ve put on the map, click on it when youâ€™re in select/edit mode.
3b. To add a placemark, click on the â€œadd placemarkâ€ button and then click the location on the map you would like the placemark to be. A bubble will pop up with a title box and a description box. When adding text to the placemark, make sure you are in â€œPlain Textâ€ mode (next to the word Description). When adding pictures, sound, or video, make sure you are in â€œEdit HTMLâ€ mode. To change the icon of your placemark, click the icon in the top right corner of the bubble. A screen will pop up with many icon options. There are numerous default icons, but you can also add your own icons. To add your own icon, click â€œAdd an iconâ€ in the top right corner. A box will come up asking for the URL of the picture you want to use. Google images is a good place to get icons, the best size is around 40â€ x 40â€. Copy the URL from the picture and paste it into the box on your google map. Once you have put the URL of the picture in the box, click â€œOKâ€. The icon you upload will automatically become the icon of the placemark you have just created. When you are done editing your placemark, click the â€œOKâ€ box. To delete a placemark, click the word â€œDeleteâ€. You can edit your placemarks at any time by clicking on them.
3c. The line tool is used for drawing lines anywhere on the map. It can be used for connecting placemarks, but doesnâ€™t have to be. To start a line, click the â€œdraw a line buttonâ€ and click the place on the map you want the line to begin. A white box will appear where you begin your line. The line only draws straight lines, so you have to click every time you want it to turn. To end your line, double click on the last box you create. To edit the line, click on it. The same bubble will appear with Title and Description. If you click on the line icon in the top right corner, you can change the color, width, and opacity of your line. When you are done editing your line click â€œOKâ€ in the lower right corner. To delete it, click â€œDeleteâ€ in the lower left corner.
3d. Shapes can be used to highlight regions, cities, and other areas of importance. To create a shape, click the shape button. Like the line tool, a white box will appear when you fist click. Draw the outline of the shape and double click when you finish. A bubble with Title and Description will appear. If you click the colored square in the top right corner, you can change the line color, line width, line opacity, fill color, and fill opacity. When finished click â€œOKâ€. To delete, click â€œDeleteâ€. You can edit the shape at any time by clicking on it.
4. To insert pictures, go to Flickr, or whatever webhost the picture is on. Find the embedding code of the picture and copy it. (On Flickr, click the â€œAll Sizesâ€ at the top, a new page will pop up, scroll down to the bottom and there will be a box that says â€œcopy and paste this HTML into your webpageâ€). Once you copy the HTML codes, go to your Google map and select the placemarker in which you want to put the picture. Click on â€œEdit HTMLâ€ in the top right corner. Paste the HTML of the picture into the Description box. Odds are the picture will be too big, so in the code find the word â€œwidth= (some number)â€ and â€œheight= (some number)â€. You can experiment with different sizes, but 410 x 273 works well. When youâ€™re finished click â€œOKâ€. Then click the Save and Done buttons on the left side of your map. Click on the placemark you just put a picture in a make sure it worked and is the size you want.
5. To insert video into the map is very similar to inserting pictures. Go to the video on Youtube or Google Video (Google Maps is not compatible with other video sites in my experience). On Youtube, the HTML code will be on the left side of the screen under the word â€œEmbedâ€. Copy the code below it (it begins <object width=â€425â€heightâ€355â€<paramâ€¦.). Go to you Google map. Click on the placemarker in which you want to embed the video. Click on â€œEdit HTMLâ€ in the top right corner. Paste the HTML code in the description box. No re-sizing should be necessary. When done click â€œOKâ€. Then click the Save and Done buttons on the left side of the map. Click on the placemarker to see if the video worked. Sometimes they do not work right away. If a large white screen appears in the bubble, close out your Google map. Re-open the map and check again, the video should show up. If the video does not show up after closing the map, try embedding it again. If the lines of code appear in the bubble when you click on the placemarker, it means you were in â€œPlain Textâ€ mode. Cut the HTML code, click on â€œEdit HTMLâ€, then paste in the code.
6. To send a link to this map, click â€œLink to this pageâ€ in the upper right corner of the map. Copy the URL in the top box to send links. Paste this code in e-mails, IM conversations, or web pages, and people will be redirected to the map. To embed this map, click â€œLink to this pageâ€. Copy the code in the lower box and embed it into a webpage.
6a. To change the size of the map for embedding, click â€œCustomize and preview embedded mapâ€ in the lower right corner of the â€œLink to this pageâ€ box. A new page will pop up with different size options and the embedding code will be at the bottom of the page, under the preview of the map.
6b. To allow others to edit the map, click on the word â€œCollaborateâ€, on the left side of the map near the Done and Save buttons. A screen will come up that says â€œInvite Collaboratorsâ€ and â€œManage Collaboratorsâ€. Enter in the e-mail addresses of people you want allowed to edit the map under Invite Collaborators (separate all e-mail addresses with commas). Below you can add a message to them. On the right side of the screen you can control who is allowed to edit the map. If you check the â€œCollaborators may invite othersâ€
box, people you invite can invite other people to edit the map as well. If you check the â€œAllow anyone to edit this mapâ€ box, anyone, including people you do not invite, can edit the map. You can remove collaborators by clicking â€œRemoveâ€ next to their name.
6c. If you are teaching a large group of people how to add to your map, you may want to set it to â€œAllow anyone to edit this mapâ€. Once the tutorial is over, you can change the settings again so that only collaborators can edit the map.