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Working with Kepler

Kepler is a very interesting mapping tool. There are many different styles of maps you can create such as heat, time, line, point, cluster, etc. You can also layer maps, utilizing many styles and other data. My experience using Kepler included creating a map of various interviews of former slaves which were from the Library of Congress’ WPA Slave Narrative Collection. I created various maps including a point map, heat map, line map, and time map. In order to use Kepler, all a user need to do is upload a file with the data they would like mapped. From here you create your layer for your map. If you wish to create more layers you can either upload more data or you can add a new layer with a different style. The longitude and latitude buttons allow you to mark certain points on your map. In my activity, one of the longitudes and latitudes I selected what where the interviewee had been enslaved. Kepler also has tools that you can use to see your map in 3-D, draw on your map, and split your maps into two screens for comparison. Kepler also provides filters where you can select which either uploaded data or other characteristics of the data. Overall, Keppler is a great mapping tool and is very easy to use.

Here is the link for an interactive map for you to try out!