StatPlanet - Create Interactive Maps & Graphs

By StatSilk Tue, 09/06/2011 - 04:20
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User guide

StatPlanet (formerly StatPlanet Map Maker) is a free, award-winning application for creating interactive maps which are fully customizable. In addition to maps, the software also has the option of including interactive graphs and charts to create feature-rich infographics. For more advanced features, including additional maps, support for large data sets (StatPlanet has a limit of 5 indicators), importing maps, export options and more, see StatPlanet Plus. To create a simple interactive map with a more basic set of features, please see StatPlanet Lite. Data can also be copied and pasted directly into StatPlanet using this experimental map creator tool.

StatPlanet includes the World and USA maps. For additional maps, please see: download free shapefile maps.


Create and publish an interactive map online in 5 steps: 


1. file download icon


 StatPlanet and extract the files to your computer.
2. folder open icon


In the folder 'World_map' (or 'USA_map') open the StatPlanet_data_editor. Make sure macros are enabled. Press the 'Clear data' button to remove the example data.
3. database import icon


Press the "Import data" button and select a file containing data you wish to import. You can also add data manually using any spreadsheet software.
4. save icon Save Press the 'Save data' button (which saves the data to the file "data.csv").
5. publishing icon Publish Copy the contents of the folder 'Web' to your website to publish it online.

 Click on Flash IconStatPlanet.exe  to view the results offline, or open StatPlanet.html to view the results in a web-browser.

For further details, see the StatPlanet User Guide (PDF)


Create an interactive map in 5 minutes: how-to video 


Enable macros in Excel

When you open StatPlanet_Data_Editor.xls you will normally get a message asking you whether you wish to enable macros. The message depends on the version of Excel.
  • Excel 2007 or newer: In the top of the screen, next to 'Security Warning', click the button 'Options'. Select 'Enable this content' and click on 'OK'.
  • Older versions of Excel: Select 'Enable macros' in the popup window.
If you do not receive this message, the macro security level in Excel is set to high. Follow the instructions below to change the security level to a lower setting.
  • Excel 2007 or newer: Click the Microsoft Office Button (top-left) and click Excel Options. In the Popular category, check 'Show Developer tab in the Ribbon' (if it is not already checked). Click on 'OK', then select the Developer tab. Click on 'Macro security' (on the left). Select 'Disable all macros with notification'.
  • Older versions of Excel: In the Tools menu, go to -> Macro -> Security. Change the security level to Medium.