Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for Frequently Asked Questions about using Whimsy Maps.

Who's behind Whimsy Maps?

Whimsy Maps was created by the GSE IT Team at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) is a world-class education school at what is arguably the nation’s most dynamic and engaged research university.

What is a GeoJSON file and how can I find one?

Please read our "Getting Started with GeoJSON" page for more information about GeoJSON files.

Why do all of my map regions say "undefined"?

If you have uploaded your own GeoJSON file for use with Whimsy Maps, you may notice that each region's display name shows up as "undefined" when viewing your map. To change this, go to the "Edit Map Details" page and under the "Advanced Settings" tab find the "Display Settings" section. There you will see a field called "Region Name Key". Click the "Click to see options" link to show a list of available keys for your GeoJSON file and enter your desired choice. In this section, you can also add a prefix or suffix to your region names, if desired.

Can I bulk import my map data?

Yes! You can bulk upload location and activity data for your maps. Simply use the "Import Data" menu item from the drop-downs in the "Map Data" tab of your map. Click here to download our bulk upload templates.