Track Kit GPS App Day 1
Visualizing GPS Data with Track Kit & Google Maps
Hands-on Activity, Day One
Track Kit Exercise Overview
Managing Your GPS Data on Track-Kit.net ............................................................................ 3
Log into Your Track Kit Account on the Web ....................................................................... 3
Log into Your Track Kit App on Your Device ....................................................................... 3
Upload Your Tracks to the Track-Kit Website...................................................................... 4
View Your Track on the Track Kit Website .......................................................................... 5
Exporting Data from Track Kit ................................................................................................ 6
Importing Data to Google Maps .............................................................................................. 7
Sign into Google Maps ........................................................................................................ 7
Google My Places ............................................................................................................... 7
Create a New Map .............................................................................................................. 8
Import Your Track Kit KML .................................................................................................. 8
The Google My Maps Interface ............................................................................................... 8
Formatting Waypoints in Google My Maps .......................................................................... 9
Add Labels to Your Map.....................................................................................................11
Waypoint Pop-Up Windows ...............................................................................................11
Customizing Your Track Line in Google Maps ...................................................................12
Bonus Google Map Functions ...............................................................................................14
Saving Your Map ...............................................................................................................14
Sharing Your Google Map ......................................................................................................15
Track Kit
GPS App
Day 1
Exercise Outline
Visualizing GPS Data with Track Kit & Google Maps
Hands-on Activity, Day One
Visualizing GPS Data with Track Kit & Google Maps
Now that you know how to collect waypoints and tracks using your smartphone or tablet, let’s
explore ways to visualize the data on the web. In this exercise, you will upload your GPS track
from your phone to the Track Kit server. Then you’ll export the data from the Track Kit website
to a Google Maps file (.KML) and add it to a Google Map. You’ll learn how to customize the
color and symbols on the map, as well as how to share your map with others.
Managing Your GPS Data on Track-Kit.net
Track Kit provides a free online mapmaking site, http://track-kit.net. It provides a space for
storing your GPS tracks as well as tools for editing and visualizing the data you collected using
the Track Kit mobile app.
Log into Your Track Kit Account on the Web
In order to save your GPS tracks, waypoints and photographs online, you must
register for a free Track Kit account.
- Go to http://track-kit.net in an internet browser and click on SIGN
IN/REGISTRATION.
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If you have already created an account, Log In. Otherwise, click on
the Registration link and fill out the required information. WRITE
DOWN YOUR LOG IN INFORMATION. You’ll need it again.
Username/email:_______________________
Password: ________________________
Log into Your Track Kit App on Your Device
Before you can upload your GPS data to the Track-Kit website, you must first log into your new
account within the Track Kit app on your device. You may also be required to confirm your email
before you can access the Track Kit server (check your email).
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Open the Track Kit app on your device. Click on the three dot ellipsoid icon
in the
lower right side of the screen. Android users, select the Menu button. When additional
options appear, click on the Settings icon. In the Options menu, scroll ALLLL the way
to the end. Look for the orange Log in button. Click on it. Enter your email and password
to log in. Note, if you just registered, you may need to verify your email (check your
email).
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Click on the  arrows at the top of the Options menu until you return to the main map
screen.
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Upload Your Tracks to the Track-Kit Website
On your smartphone or tablet, from the main map screen, tap the Tracks icon
and select TRACKS. ***ANDROID USERS, tap the Menu icon and select
TRACKS.
The app distinguishes between two categories of tracks.
Those that are “On The Device” and those that are ‘On The
Server.” The current view will be highlighted in black text.
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Tap on “On The Device” to ensure you are looking
at the tracks on your phone/tablet.
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Locate the track you just collected and wish to
upload to the server and tap the blue cloud icon.
This will upload that track to your account on the
Track-Kit.com website.
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Once your track has been loaded, the blue cloud will turn gray.
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To ensure your track has been uploaded, tap “On The Server.” Your track should be
listed.
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Tap on the orange “i” information icon next to the name of your track. You will see a
summary of the track appear on the screen. Options for editing the track information,
sharing the track and deleting the track are listed on the bottom of the window. Tap on
the Share icon in the middle. Notice there are four different data formats to export the
track including GPX, KML, KMZ and CSV. These can also be exported and shared via
iTunes or Email. Click Cancel.
Click on the white  at the top of the menu to return to your list of tracks stored on the
server.
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By default your track is “public,” which means that anyone who visits the Track-Kit
website can view it. It must remain public for you to share a link to the map.
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To make your track private, swipe your finger to the right
over the name of your track. You will see a menu appear with
three options (share, lock, delete). Tap on the padlock icon
to lock the track. This will make the track private. Note that
you now no longer have the option to share your track.
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Since you may want to edit your track before you share it, leave it as a private track for
now. Use your finger to swipe left and close the menu.
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View Your Track on the Track Kit Website
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Return to your computer and your web browser. The Track Kit
website, http://track-kit.net should still be open (if not, open it
and log in).
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Because you are logged in, you will notice a “My Tracks” option
added to the upper left navigation menu. Click on My Tracks. A
map will open with a list of the tracks you have uploaded/saved
to your account.
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Click on the title of the track you just walked to view to
open it (Note, the name of your track may be different than
what is shown to the right).
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A map of your track and waypoints will open.
Tip: To unclutter your map window, click on the X in the
upper right corner of the Tracks box. This will close the
box. But don’t worry, you can reopen it at any time by
clicking on
.
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Take a moment to explore the Track Kit map page. (NOTE: your map will look different!)
Share
Download
Waypoints Menu
Turn on Waypoint Titles
Edit Track
Show Waypoint Photos
Change Base Map
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The panel on the left may obstruct a portion of your track. To move your map out of the
way click and hold anywhere on the map and then drag (i.e., pan) it to your desired
position.
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Explore your track and waypoints by clicking on them. Pretty
snazzy right? No coding required and your photos and
everything you entered in the field is on your map. Can I get a
Woo-Hoo!?
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Notice that as you click on different points, they are highlighted
in the Waypoints menu on the left.
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Click on the pop-up icon
next to green start flag in the
Waypoints menu. This will turn on the waypoint labels.
Click on the icon that looks like two overlapping pages
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in the Waypoints menu to display the photos associated
with each waypoint. Turn these options off when you are
finished exploring.
Exporting Data from Track Kit
The Track Kit website does a decent job of organizing and displaying your data. It is also
essential for transferring your tracks from the Cloud to your device. However, there may be
times when you wish to export the data to a file you can save on your computer, or upload to
another mapping tool like Google Maps. In this step of the exercise, you will export your track to
a Google KML file.
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You should be viewing your track in the Track
Kit web map. On the Track Info panel on the
left side of the screen, locate Download Track.
Click on the KML link.
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You will be prompted to specify a location
where the track will be saved. Click on
Browse… to select a drive and folder location
(this may be different on a Mac). If you have a
USB flash drive, save it there. Otherwise, save
the KML to the hard drive of the computer you
are using (but don’t forget the name of the file and
WHERE you saved it!).
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Note: your browser may format this window
slightly differently and may also be
automatically set up to save the file to your
“Downloads” folder. The Downloads folder
(on a PC) is usually located here:
C://Users/{your username}/Downloads
Pro Tip: We won’t use it in today’s workshop, but you may also
want to download your track as a GPX file. GPX is the standard
format for storing GPS data and can be used in a variety of
different mapping tools. It never hurts to have a backup! Just
note, this file will not include photos.
Importing Data to Google Maps
Your Track Kit data looks great (better) in Google Maps. Trust us. You’ll see. In this step of the
exercise, you’ll upload the KML file to Google Maps, My Places. From there you can do more
edits, or share your map in a variety of ways.
Sign into Google Maps
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Open a new tab in your browser and go to Google Maps.
If you are not already signed into your Google Account, you will see a blue Sign
In icon in the upper right hand corner. Click it and sign in with your Google
password.
Google My Places
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Google My Places is a place to create and save your own Google maps. To find it in Google
Maps, click on the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the search bar in the upper left hand
corner of Google Maps.
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In the panel that appears, click on Your Places.
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In the Your places panel, click on Maps. If you have ever
created maps in Google My Maps, you will see them listed.
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Create a New Map
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At the bottom of the Maps tab in the Your places panel, click on Create Map. Google will
switch to the Map Editor and create a new, Untitled map.
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Click on the words, Untitled map in the panel on the left side
of the map. Edit the map title and description to reflect the
GPS data you collected earlier today. Click Save.
Import Your Track Kit KML
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Below your newly updated Map title and Description you
will see Google has created an “Untitled layer”. This is
where you will import your Track Kit KML file.
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Below the layer name, click on the blue Import button.
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In the Choose a file to import window, be sure Upload
is selected and click on “Select a file from your
computer”. This is where you will navigate to and select
the KML file you exported from Track Kit and saved to
your USB flash drive or computer’s hard drive.
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The Google My Maps Interface
The image below points out important features of the Google My Maps interface. We’ll take a
closer look at some of these in the following steps of the exercise.
Search
Undo/Redo Pan Add Waypoint Draw Line Add Directions Measure
Options &
Open Data Table
Format
Waypoint
Symbols
and
Labels
Format
Track
Line
Color and
Labels
Change Base map
Formatting Waypoints in Google My Maps
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Click on the three dots next to Waypoints and select Rename this layer in the options that
appear. Rename the layer to better reflect the type of data the waypoints represent.
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Click on the three dots again. This
time select Open data table. A table
displaying the waypoint information
will appear. Notice you can edit the
content of these fields. Any
changes here will also be reflected
in the pop-up window that appears
when you click on the waypoint
symbol on the map. Caution: don’t
mess with the wptPhotos field or
else your images will not appear in
the pop-ups!
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Close the table.
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Click on the Individual styles link under the layer name. This will
allow you to customize the appearance of the waypoint markers on
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your map. You will also be able to add labels (we’ll do that in the
next step).
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Click on the arrows under Group places by and check out the
options.
(All markers the same)
(Markers numbered in a
particular order)
(All markers unique)
(Marker symbol
determined by a data field)
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For now, select Individual Styles. Hover your mouse over the name of one of your
waypoints. Notice a paint can icon appears. Click on it.
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Change the color and icon of the waypoint.
Notice there are better icons than in Track Kit? You are also
able to upload a custom icon.
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If you have time to spare, repeat this with the other waypoints.
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Add Labels to Your Map
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Click on the Individual styles paint brush icon under the waypoint layer name again. This
time look for Set labels. Click on the arrows to specify the field you wish to use to label the
features on your map (hint: try name first). That’s all there is to it!
Waypoint Pop-Up Windows
Waypoints can also be edited from the pop-up window itself. Let’s take a look.
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Click on any of your waypoints on the map. A pop-up window will open, displaying the
information you collected (and edited in either Track Kit or Google Maps), along with the
photograph collected in the field. Tools for editing the content of the pop-up are located at
the bottom of the pop-up window.
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Click on the paint can.
you.
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Click on the pencil.
This allows you to edit the content of the
pop-up. Uncheck the box next to wptPhotos. This will remove
the field from the pop-up display. It’s unnecessary and clutters
the pop-up.
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Click on the camera icon.
Notice you can add additional
photos or video clips. Select cancel.
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Click on the driving direction icon. This will add a new layer
to your map that will allow your map readers to navigate to the
waypoint. After you added it, remove the Driving direction
layer by clicking on the three dots to the right of the layer name
and select Delete this layer.
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The garbage can does what you think it does. Don’t do it.
The style tools should look familiar to
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Customizing Your Track Line in Google Maps
In this step of the exercise, you will learn how to delete, edit and symbolize your track line.
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Your Track Kit KML includes both waypoints and track segments. The track segments are
added to a layer listed below the waypoint layer in the side panel. Notice you can make the
tracks visible on your map, or invisible simply by checking the box next to the layer name.
Give it a try.
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You can rename the Tracks layer by clicking on the layer name. Give it a better title,
maybe “Walking Path” or “Trail”.
Notice the layer includes (at least) two track segments. This
is a carry-over from Track Kit. In order to avoid confusion,
let’s delete the route segment.
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Click on the track line on your map. In the pop-up that
appears, click the garbage can (yes, now you can do it!).
The track segment will be removed from your map and
your layer.
Did you notice when you clicked on the track segment on the map that the track line vertices
appeared (the dots that connect the line)? Those can be used to edit the track line.
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Click on your track line. Click the X in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up window to
close it.
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Hover your mouse over one of the white track line dots. Notice your cursor turns into a
hand. Left click and hold the mouse button down over a dot and drag it to a new location on
the map. Release the mouse button and watch as your track line is transformed. Pretty
simple right?
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Track line vertices can also be deleted. Hover over a dot and right
click. Select Delete point.
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Oops. Was that a mistake? Try using the Undo button to undo your
edits.
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Click anywhere off the track line to hide the vertices.
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Next, let’s change the symbology (color and style) of the track line.
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Click on the track line again on your map, then click on the paint can icon
in the popup window that appears. Select a new color and adjust the line width. Close the symbol
selector.
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Next click on the pencil icon
in the pop-up window to rename the segment and provide
a description. Click Save. Click anywhere on your map to unselect your track segment.
Great work. That’s a nice looking map!
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Bonus Google Map Functions
There are a few additional tools in Google My Maps that we don’t spend time on in this
workshop. Below is a brief description of these. If you have extra time, try them. If not, do not
worry, these are for your reference.
Add Layer
Add Marker
Draw a Line
Add Directions
Measure
Print Map
Export to KML
Creates a new untitled layer in the side panel. Data can be imported
(KML, CSV, GPX, XLSX) as well as georeferenced photos stored on
Google Drive or Google Photos. New markers and lines can also be
added to this layer using the add marker and draw a line tools
outlined below.
Allows you to add markers to the map. The marker will be added to
the “active” layer. The active layer will have a blue bar along the left
side of the layer name in the side panel. Click on a layer to make it
the active layer. You can also drag markers from one layer to another.
Markers can be edited to customize the name, description and
content of the pop-up. Photographs and YouTube videos can be
embedded in a marker.
Allows you to add a line or enclosed shape to the map. Can be a
point to point line, or enclosed polygon. The feature will be added to
the “active” layer. Custom driving/walking/biking routes can also be
created using this tool. They will be displayed in a new layer in the
side panel.
Allows user to generate driving/walking/biking directions using a point
to point address search. The result will be displayed in a new layer in
the side panel.
Allows user to measure distance (ft/miles) and area (acres/sq mi) on
the map.
Option to print map to jpg or pdf. Click on next to the map name
and select Print map.
Export entire map or select layers to KML or KMZ file. Click on
to the map name to access.
next
Saving Your Map
Did you notice you haven’t had to click a Save Map button yet? That’s because your Google My
Map is automatically saved in your Google Drive. Nice!
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Sharing Your Google Map
Now that you have collected GPS data and created a beautiful custom map, let’s learn how to
share it with the world!
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Click on the Share link in the side panel. It’s the one with the + sign growing out of a human
head.
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A Share settings window will open. Notice it provides a link that you can use to share your
map with others. This can be copied and pasted into an email, or linked to on a website. You
can also share the link directly from this window via Gmail, Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Don’t share anything just yet, we have a few more settings to get to.
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Access to your map will be set to “Private” by default
– only you will have access and you will not be able
to share it using a link. You can change this setting
under the “Who has access” section of the Sharing
settings window. You can share your map with
specific people, anyone with a link, or with the Public
(anyone). Those who you share it with do not need
to have a Google sign-in to access it. For now, set
the link sharing to “On – Public on the Web”. Be
sure the “access” is specified to “can view” not “can
edit”. We don’t intend to collaborate on this map (but
you COULD if you wanted to).
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Back in the Sharing settings window, notice that
you can invite people to view and/or edit the map
via email. You also have the opportunity to
“prevent editors from changing access and adding
new contributors”. That may be a handy check box
in the future. You can click on the Learn more link
to learn more about file sharing.
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Click Done to close the Sharing settings window.
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Next, let’s preview what your shared map will look like. Click on the Preview link in the side
panel. It’s the one with the eyeball.
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Your map will open in a new browser tab in “view-only” mode. This is what your map readers
will experience when you share your map with them. Take a mintue to click around.
Notice that all of the properties of your map will be retained – the base map and zoom scale
that you set will carry-over, as well as the status of the layers in your side panel. If they were
“turned on” (checked) in your My Map, they will be visible on your shared map. If they were
unchecked, they will appear in the layer list, but will not appear on the map until the user checks
the box.
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If you wish to change anything about the map, you can click on the EDIT link to return to the
Google My Maps editor.
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If you are satisfied and ready to share your map, click on the SHARE link. Click Share via
email. An email message will be composed and will include a link to your map. Send it to
someone (or yourself). Alternatively, if you use social media, you can try sharing your new
map using any of the social media links provided.
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Click on the SHARE link again. This time
select, Embed on my site. A window will
open providing HTML source code that can
be copied/pasted into the source code for
your webpage. This will embed the map
directly on your site. Cool.
If you want to see what this looks like, visit
http://s.uconn.edu/gmembed
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Congratulations! You have completed this exercise. If you finished before everyone else, go
back and poke around some more.
If you want to read more about Google My Maps, visit the My Maps Help.
https://support.google.com/mymaps
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