We believe that examining civic data is something everything citizen, especially students, should try at least once. Here are some of the free tools we use, that anyone can use. Let us know if you have other ones.

Google Drive

Google Spreadsheets

Google Fusion – No longer available

Google My Maps

Google Charts



Nitro Cloud

Derek Eder’s Searchable Map Template

Timeline JS

Storymap JS

Juxtapose JS

And if you want to get more serious and look into coding:


To find like-minded people to guide you and encourage you:

Code for America Brigade