How do I create a map from my data?


Learn how to create a map from your data.

Skills Covered

  • Building a map.


  1. Go to
  2. If you do not see an image similar to the one below, go to the home page by clicking on the Home menu in the upper left.
  1. If you do not see the Create a Map area as pictured below:
  • scroll down
  • log on
  • you may not have the credentials to create a map. You may request access from hexmap at ucsc dot edu.
  1. Click on Layout input to download the example file for the layout.
  2. Click on Color attributes to download the example file for the colors.
  3. Click on Create map to display the window below.
  1. Click on Layout input: Choose File to select the layout input file just downloaded.
  2. Click on Color attributes: Choose File to select the attribute file just downloaded.
  3. Click on the Create button to upload the files and create the map.
  4. When the computations are complete the new map will load.
  5. To use your own data, be sure it is in the format of the example files or other formats described at Create a Map.
  6. Shortcut: File menu -> Create a Map.