Digital Space: Practical

Section 1: Data with Coordinates

In this section we will be taking some data with coordinates and plotting them on a map using Google Fusion Tables

It works best if you use Firefox or Chrome.

Fusion Tables auto-detects location data in a table and displays a tab called Map of location column name . In this case, the Map tab is titled Map of Latitude.

This will automatically show the data on a map, using the coordinate data provided. Try clicking on each point - it will give you more details. Using the Filter by tool, we can select out specific types of crime.

Experiment with the different crime type options. Do you notice any spatial patterns?

We also have the option of creating a heat map. Have an experiment with the options. Is the heat map any help? What does it show?

Section 2: Data with Addresses

We can use the same approach for data without coordinates, using postal addresses instead.

We can also do the same process without postcodes - although the results are less reliable. Try experimenting with the liverpool-addresses-2.csv file.

As will all maps, you should always check the results you are getting. Do they make sense? Are the addresses geocoded in the correct place?

This practical was written using Google Fusion Tables on 10/09/2018 for use at the Digital Space session at the North West Digital Research Methods Festival at University of Liverpool on 13/09/2018. It is available at and if you wish to reuse, please contact Dr Nick Bearman first.