Anna Zhelnina

Sociology, PhD Student

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Anna Zhelnina’s Tools

Anna Zhelnina uses 6 tools from the DiRT Directory:

  • CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.

    Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
    Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes. Learn more on

  • CartoDB makes data-driven map visualisation tool. It's very easy to upload a couple of spreadsheets of data, with latitudes and longitudes or addresses, and turn them into clickable markers on maps. There are several types of pre-canned visualisation, such as categories, choropleths or even animated "torque" maps. It's also a sophisticated platform allowing complex visualisations to be built up using Javascript and the CartoDB API.Learn more on

  • Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

    For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

    Users have complained that Crowdmap is glitchy and unreliable. It is hard to find recent examples of successful projects built with the app. There is no other free and open source tool that fills the precise niche. For a freemium closed source service that allows crowdsourced point data only, try ZeeMaps. For a fee-based, open source crowd mapping tool, try the shared tables function of CartoDB.Learn more on

  • GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating maps from GPS data, driving routes, street addresses or co-ordinates.

    Data is uploaded into the utility and displayed in a format specified by the user. A wide range of data formats may be uploaded into the tool, including .GPX, .KML and .CSV files. Some of the formats in which GPS Visualiser displays the data include Google Maps, Google Earth, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, image files, plain text files or GPX files.

    The website includes a number of other useful tools: a utility for finding the latitude and longitude of addresses, a tool for converting between GPS file formats) and the ability to look up elevation data, to name a few.Learn more on

  • PROS
    Tableau Public is a free service that lets anyone publish interactive data to the web. Once on the web, anyone can interact with the data, download it, or create their own visualizations of it. No programming skills are required. No plug-ins are required. You just need a browser with JavaScript enabled.
    Stylish, slick and user-friendly interface that allows the user to easily convert time and spatial datasets from a range of files, xlsx, csv etc in order to create colourful, interactive data visualisations very quickly. Good for people, for example journalists, students, teachers, researchers, who have no coding skills and want to convert large datasets to interactive, graphical data.

    Not open source. Also the data you enter into Tableau Public and any visualisations you create are stored on Tableau's public cloud, and are accessible to everyone - so not suitable for converting private or sensitive datasets.
    Originally was designed for Windows, but now works with Mac, however only with OS 10.8 or later versions. Learn more on

  • ZeeMaps quickly maps point data on Google base maps in two ways:
    1) The user uploads a .csv file of data points and their locations.
    2) A group of users all add their own data location points to the map, on their own time from their own devices.

    Each point can include text, video, image, or audio annotations.

    Basic functionality is free; larger uploads and large numbers of maps require a paid subscription.Learn more on

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