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Maps & Geospatial: Web-Mapping Tools

For individuals seeking resources to explore and use to display spatial data using online mapping applications for research, projects, and teaching exercises applicable across disciplines

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online

Includes multiple examples of ArcGIS Online across industries and disciplines

Description: Online mapping platform for creation of web maps, and web map applications

Pros: User friendly interface, linkages to media, inclusion of own features, markers, and map elements, search-ability of ESRI and user-created/organizational created layers to include in map products, shareability, description and summary information for details/context of map purpose, contact, and use limitations, multiple file formats supported

Cons: For the inclusion of own spatial data requires preparation, Analysis features are available in subscription, geocoding available with subscription, support for map images as tile layers in subscription

Accounts: Free/Subscription

Penn State ArcGIS Online Account: This Penn State ArcGIS Online Account is available to all with a Penn State login. Authenticate to this account with your Penn State credentials. 


About Carto

Description: Web-based platform for visualizations

Pros: Supports multiple formats; supports custom modification of symbology; geocoding; Joining attributes; sharing capabilities.

Cons: Advanced features may be in paid account, such as connections to other web-based products, such as Twitter; custom projections in advanced features; Requires knowledge of data format structures and data preparation; References to SQL and CartoCSS has a learning curve

Account: Free/paid


Description: Web-mapping platform for developers

Pros: Primarily supports vector data, Mapbox studio is used for additional customization, custom basemaps and basemap styles are possible (such as changing the color and width of basemap street lines)

Cons: Limited file formats supported, analysis and manipulation of data files is not a primary purpose of Mapbox