66213mapping questions from a novice
- Aug 23, 2013All feedback is appreciated.
I am starting from square zero. I have never created a map at all.
My only computer is an Acer Chromebook, so everything is Google in the
cloud. I have no access to any other software, no Apple, no Microsoft,
etc, and I hope I can keep it that way.
My first project is to create a sort of slide show with different
versions of the Bay Area:
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) 5
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) 2
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area (CSA) 12
Arbitron Radio Market 9 counties
Nielsen DMA TV Market 10 full counties, plus 1 partial county
plus possibly other similar ones
Here is an svg map in the wikimedia/wikipedia commons
When I right-click on this map, and select View page source this is what
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 15.1.0, SVG Export Plug-In . SVG
Version: 6.00 Build 0) -->
<!DOCTYPE svg PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD SVG 1.1//EN"
<svg version="1.1" id="Counties_of_California"
x="0px" y="0px" width="620.844px" height="733.027px" viewBox="0 0
620.844 733.027" enable-background="new 0 0 620.844 733.027"
<polyline id="_x30_01_Alameda" fill="#FF0000" stroke="#FFFFFF"
stroke-miterlimit="1" points="160.354,327.507 160.446,327.867
and then, of course, a gigantic file with (apparently) all the data
points to create polygons for Alameda County and all the other
So, here are some questions:
1. Right near the top of the page source is Adobe Illustrator 15.0.1. Is
it necessary to use Illustrator, or a similar package, to accomplish
creating these type of maps?
2. Is it unavoidable to duplicate the very large data points delineation
for county polygons in each map created? Or might there be a more
3. For a complete novice such as myself, what may be a good tutorial to
learn what I need to know to code to create such maps?
4. What potential dead-ends do I face because I don't know enough to
know what I don't know?
Thanks to everyone who can offer advice.
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