Read the full post in the Duke University Libraries Data and GIS Blog.
Here at Data & GIS Services, we love finding new ways to map things. Earlier this semester I was researching how the Sheets tool in Google Drive could be used as a quick and easy visualization tool when I re-discovered its simple map functionality. While there are plenty of more powerful mapping tools if you want to have a lot of features (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS,Google Fusion Tables, Google Earth, GeoCommons,Tableau, CartoDB), you might consider just sticking with a spreadsheet for some of your simpler projects.
I’ve created a few examples in a public Google Sheet, so you can see what the data and final maps look like. If you’d like to try creating these maps yourself, you can use this template (you’ll have to log into your Google account first, and then click on the “Use this template” button to get your own copy of the spreadsheet).