Carto

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Name
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Carto
Tool Class
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Mapping, GIS, Geocoding
Developer
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Carto
Date Created
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2011/09/15
Still Maintained?
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Yes
Open Source?
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Yes
Platforms
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Web
Website
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https://carto.com/
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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English
Skill Level Needed
*
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  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Intermediate

Description of Tool

Carto (formerly CartoDB) is a Mapping tool that takes geospatial information and visualizes it in map form. It has powerful Geocoding functionality.

While a subscription is required to use Carto servers, the tool is open source and available on Github.

Carto can generate complex maps that are then embedable via iFrame or javascript into other websites or applications. Maps can have multiple layers. Carto provides a wizard to easily generate various types of visualizations, including heat maps, cluster, animated, category, bubble, etc, provided your data is prepared correctly. Carto maps can also provide "infoboxes" allowing the user to mouse over data points and explore information surrounding them.

Carto can be integrated with Google Sheets files in Google Drive to have live updating maps.

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Geocoding

With a little extra effort, Carto can be used as a geocoding tool. Carto has several powerful geocoding options - it can generate latitude and longitude coordinates from city names and addresses or generate shape files of administrative boundaries like countries, states, departments, provinces, and municipalities. Most often the user will use this functionality within Carto itself, but he or she can export this information for other services using a simple SQL query.

1. Import the desired dataset into Carto.

2. In the data view click on the "SQL" button next.

3. Replace the default query with the following code:

SELECT *, ST_X(the_geom) AS longitude, ST_Y(the_geom) AS latitude FROM mytable

4. In the query above, replace "mytable" with the name of your dataset in Carto.

5. Click "Apply query"

6. In the top bar, click "edit" and "Export"

You should now download a spreadsheet with longitude and latitude columns.

What Makes this Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Carto is a powerful mapping utility. It has a moderately capable free version and a relatively affordable subscription. Unlike ArcGIS it operates in a browser. It can generate more complex maps than Google Maps because it can more simply generates different layers, provides more assisted visualizations, and complex tool "infoboxes". Mapbox

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