Slowly we see more and more Apps for Office and one of the highest rated is the Bing Map App.
Here is a link to it – link.
The app lets you select values in Excel and plot them on Bing Map.
Let me just step through how you can do this.
First find some data to – in this case I went to http://www.politistatistik.dk/parameter.aspx?id=27 to extract information about crime reported in 2012 about Break in’s in private houses.
This will give a table like this
But in order to plot it we have to transpose this to a table format. So after a little bit of Copy, Paste Special – Transpose – we can get to this table
And we are ready to map the information – but first we need to activate the Bing Map App for Office – this is done via the Ribbon – Insert and Apps for Office.
If the app isn’t listed under My Apps – you can use the “Find more apps at the Office Store” and search for it.
When you insert you might get this warning.
And when you click Start – you will be welcomed by the App.
Select the table of data and click the Icon – this will plot the selection on the map (please notice that it has a max of 100 points to plot)
Then you will see the municipalities plotted –
But our data has two problem – apparently Denmark has municipalities in USA and Italy.
This is because Bing Maps needs a little bit more information to plot Ringsted – Denmark instead of Ringsted, IA – luckily it’s very easy to fix.
If you modify the label to plot – from Ringsted to Ringsted, Denmark or Ringsted, Danmark – Then we will help Bing Maps to plot correctly.
And voila – all plotted correct in Denmark – and then you can start to play around with the settings and filters.
If you add more columns with data you can plot pie charts on the map – really cool.
Two more tips –
If you have the latitude and longitude – you can use that to plot by