Import Data to Your Map: Spreadsheets, KML, Google My Maps, and Custom APIs

Unlock the full potential of your maps with Proxi's seamless data import and powerful automation features.

July 2, 2024

Creating interactive maps has never been easier, thanks to Proxi. Whether you're a small business owner, a marketer, or just someone who loves organizing data visually, Proxi is here to make your map-making journey smooth and enjoyable. In this post, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about importing data into your Proxi maps.

Introducing Proxi

Proxi is a powerful online map maker designed to help you visualize your data in a way that's easy to understand and engaging for your audience. With Proxi, you can create custom maps that showcase locations, lines, and shapes, complete with detailed information, photos, and more. It's the best map-making software out there, combining ease of use with robust features to suit all your mapping needs without any code. 

Why Proxi is a Powerful Data Visualization Tool

Proxi stands out as one of the best mapping software options because it offers a user-friendly interface along with powerful tools to bring your data to life. Here are a few reasons why Proxi is the top choice for map makers:

  1. Intuitive Interface: Proxi's no code interface is designed to be straightforward, making it accessible even for beginners.
  2. Customizable Maps: You can tailor your maps to fit your specific branding needs, from adding custom pins to colors and logos.
  3. Rich Data Integration: Proxi allows you to import data from various sources, ensuring your maps are comprehensive and accurate.
  4. Engagement Tracking: With Proxi, you can track clicks, views, and other engagement metrics to understand how your audience interacts with your maps.

Import Function - Adding and Editing Data on Your Map

One of Proxi's standout features is its import function, which makes adding data to your maps a breeze. Proxi allows you to import data from spreadsheets, KML and GeoJSON files, and Google My Maps. This flexibility ensures you can gather information from various sources and seamlessly integrate it into your maps. Let's dive into how you can import different date types into Proxi.

Spreadsheet Uploads  

To start building a map, you'll need location information. You can add pins individually using address lookup or latitude and longitude coordinates. Proxi allows you to bulk upload location and point data from spreadsheets. Here's what you can include for each place:

  • Address*: Pinpoint the location accurately on your map.
  • Descriptions: Provide detailed descriptions to give context about each location.
  • Title: Name your locations to make them easily identifiable.
  • Links: Add URLs to provide additional information or resources related to the location.
  • Category*: Assign categories to group similar locations together.
  • Tags: Use tags to further categorize and filter your locations.
  • Photos: Upload photos to make your map more engaging and visually appealing.

*Required Data Attributes 

Importing Data Files: Lines, Shapes, and Points

Proxi's powerful features enable you to create detailed and informative maps by adding lines, shapes, and points. Whether you're mapping out a parade path, outlining district borders, or highlighting specific areas of interest, Proxi provides the tools to make your map comprehensive and visually appealing. You can draw lines and shapes directly on your map, or upload line and shape files in KML, KMZ, and GeoJSON formats. These formats are commonly used in mapping and geospatial analysis, allowing you to bring in complex data sets with ease.

GeoJSON and KML files can contain detailed information about geographic features such as points, lines, and polygons. This makes them ideal for advanced mapping projects, offering a high level of precision and detail. Many boundary outlines, like states, counties, and districts, are publicly available on government websites. A simple Google search such as “[City Name] Voting Districts GeoJSON” can help you find the data you need. Once you've located the necessary files, importing them into Proxi is straightforward, enabling you to seamlessly integrate detailed geographic information into your maps.

Proxi's intuitive drawing tools allow you to customize the appearance of lines and shapes, adjusting colors, thickness, and styles to match your map's theme. This functionality is invaluable for urban planners, event organizers, and anyone needing to convey spatial information clearly and attractively. By combining your data with Proxi's robust features, you can create maps that are not only informative but also visually compelling, ensuring your audience engages with the information effectively.

Importing from Google My Maps

If you've already created maps in Google My Maps, transitioning to Proxi is a seamless process. You can import your entire map, including all locations, lines, and shapes, directly into Proxi. This ensures you don't lose any of your hard work and can continue to build on it with Proxi's advanced features. This allows you to take advantage of Proxi's superior customization options, better analytics, and more interactive features while retaining all the valuable data and structure you've already created.

Export Functions

Proxi not only makes it easy to import data but also offers robust export functions. Once your map is complete, you can export your data for further analysis or sharing. Here's what you can do with the export function:

  • Locations: Export a spreadsheet with all your mapped locations along with their details.
  • Data Analysis: Proxi provides detailed analytics on clicks, views, and engagements. Export this data to analyze how your audience is interacting with your map and make informed decisions based on these insights.
  • Leads Generated: If your map is used for marketing or sales purposes, you can export the leads generated from interactions with your map.

Step-by-Step Guide to Importing Data into Proxi

Now that you know what Proxi can do, let's walk through the steps of importing data into your map.

Importing from Spreadsheets

  1. Prepare Your Spreadsheet: Ensure your spreadsheet contains columns for necessary data such as address, title, description, links, tags, category, and photos.
  2. Login to Proxi: Sign in to your Proxi account and open the map you want to add data to.
  3. Select Spreadsheet: Choose the spreadsheet function on the left-hand navigation bar.
  4. Upload Your File: Copy and paste your columns into Proxi, starting with location data.
  5. Map the Columns: Match the columns from your spreadsheet to the corresponding fields in Proxi.
  6. Import Data: Click ‘Save and Load Map’ and watch as your locations populate on the map. Note that for large files, this process might take a minute or two.

Importing KML Files

  1. Export Your KML File: Ensure your KML file is ready for import.
  2. Login to Proxi: Sign in to your Proxi account and open the map you want to add data to.
  3. Select Import Option: Choose the import function from the menu.
  4. Upload Your KML File: Upload the KML file and Proxi will automatically parse the data.

Importing from Google My Maps

  1. Login to Proxi: Sign in to your Proxi account and open the map you want to add data to.
  2. Google My Map Link: Copy your Google My Map link and paste it into the Proxi My Map Conversion Tool.
  3. Generate Your KML File: Download the KML file from the Proxi tool.
  4. Upload Your KML File: Upload the KML file back into Proxi.

Building a Custom API with Proxi's Zapier Integration

Take your data imports one step further with automation by leveraging Proxi's integration with Zapier. This powerful feature allows you to automatically add, edit, and delete points on your map using data from various sources such as Google Forms, Google Sheets, Airtable, Hubspot, and more. By setting up automated workflows, known as Zaps, you can keep your maps updated in real time without any manual intervention.

Proxi's Zapier integration ensures that your maps are always current and accurate by automatically reflecting changes from your data sources. This eliminates the need for manual updates and reduces the risk of errors. Additionally, the integration streamlines your workflow, saving you time and effort by automating the process of managing your map data. This is particularly useful for those who regularly collect and update data from various platforms, as it allows you to focus on analyzing and using the data rather than inputting it. By automating your data imports with Proxi and Zapier, you can create a powerful system that enhances the efficiency and accuracy of your map-making process.

Learn more about building custom Zap’s in this video


Proxi is the ultimate tool for map makers, offering powerful features and an intuitive interface that makes creating interactive digital maps a breeze. Whether you're importing data from spreadsheets, KML files, Google My Maps, or custom integrations, Proxi ensures your maps are detailed, accurate, and engaging. Start making a map today with Proxi, and experience the best map-making software available.

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