I’m enjoying making maps of participants for kittybiome, a new participatory research project on the microbiome of cats. It was very easy to make this map using Google Maps. (And using Google Maps is particularly appropriate for the project because we have a celebrity cat named NDA, who lives with inventor of Google Maps participating in the project.) Here all I had to do was import a csv file with a column of city and state names and all the pins appeared.
Do any of you have suggestions for other ways to make pretty maps that could be used in publications?
Also I’m exploring different ways to make interactive graphics for microbial diversity data. I’ve been advised that PCoA plots are not what the general public is looking for. Any suggestions are welcome!