mapembedAlthough some mapping applications are included as part of the NILE External Resources blog, more detailed use cases have been assembled in this Xerte learning unit to guide you through some possible applications of free mapping and associated software. This includes creating overlays, plotting images, exploring historic imagery, creating tours and crowd sourcing geographic data. Most tools allow the created content to be shared to viewers who will not need to register in any way.

Many of these use cases could be applied to collaborative student projects or research tasks which  relate to specific geographic areas, though the requirement for registration of an editing tool will restrict their use as part of a summative assessment.

We hope to grow and improve this resources, so if you have any use case examples or other applications we would be very pleased to include them. Since this original post was made, we have added CartoDB as another resource.

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