Google Maps - My Places

With Google Apps for Education, here at Colgate we have access to the 'My Places' feature of Google Maps. The video below shows you how to get started with 'My Places' (formerly My Maps) in Google Maps.

Additionally, on this page you can find out how to:

Getting started: The video below is a great intro mapping via Google maps.

To access Google My Places, log into your Colgate Gmail, and go to More > to find the link to Maps.

To add images to the Placemarks on your map, remember that you need a URL for the image. If, for example, you search for an image via Google, be sure to click on the 'Full-size image' link on the right side of the page so that you find the correct URL. (click on either of the images below to see a larger version)

If you can't link directly from an image and instead have to download it, you can always store it in your Google Drive on the fly and from there link to the image. In Google Drive, go to Upload > Files.

After your image is uploaded, you can view it when you click on Images & videos. Look at this list of images and videos in List view, then click on the file name to open an information page.

From the information page, you can right-click on the image to get the URL. Choose 'Copy Image Location' from the right-click menu. Then you can go into your Placemark in your map and paste the URL.

It's a good idea to keep track of where you get your images from, when you retrieved them, and who they belong too (if possible), especially if you want to contact that person in the future and ask their permission to use an image. This can be done conveniently in the description area for the image you've uploaded.

To share your maps with friends, colleagues, or professors, click the link button at the top left of the panel. You can copy the URL or click Send for more options.

To add others as collaborators on your map, to go Google Maps, click on My Places, then the name of the map. You'll see a 'Collaborate' link to the left of the 'Edit' button. Click it.

Add the email address of anyone you'd like to help you on the map. Anyone else with a Google Account will easily have access to the map. Those who don't yet have a Google account will have to create one in order to collaborate.

maps collaborate screen shot

You can download a map as a KML file, which is one way to share it with others. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language and it is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. In order to do this in Google Maps, you must have the Google-Earth plug-in installed in your browsers. Here are directions to help you install.

After you've installed the plug-in, navigate to any map you've saved in 'My places' to download it as a KML file. When you're not in edit mode, you should see a link to download a KML file. Click the link and save the file.


In order to view a KML file in Google Maps, go to Google Maps, log in, go to 'My places', click Create a new map, then click 'Import'. If it seems that not all of the information is there upon first upload, save the map, refresh your browser and try viewing it again.


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