We know that adding geospatial context is an important part of making data relevant and meaningful to constituents. This is why in this release, we made several improvements to the map experience based on user feedback. With these new features, maps in Data Lens come alive with more colors, interactivity and detailed information. Publishers now have more options at their disposal to easily curate engaging maps and make them the centerpiece of their visualizations.
Choose a Location Column to Create a Map
We made changes to the map creation workflow: when you want to create a map, always start by choosing the location column in your dataset from the “Add a Card” dialog. From there, you can decide to chose to visualize using a Point Map or a Choropleth Map. A Choropleth Map is a thematic map in which areas are shaded to represent scaled values of a particular attribute, e.g. population count. To get the Choropleth Map option, you must already have Spatial Lens boundaries set up for your domain. Examples of Spatial Lens boundaries are neighborhoods and ZIP codes. Learn more about how to create maps in the All Things Geospatial support article.
Point Map Flyout
We added the ability to view point level details on Point Maps when users hover and click on the map. Users can hover to get information about how many points are in an area and click to get details about each point. This capability to drill into details compliments the big picture view that users get when viewing the entire distribution of points on a map.
Publishers can customize the title of the map flyout to highlight the most important information about each point, e.g. facility name or request type. Visit the All Things Geospatial support article to learn more about creating and configuring a Point Map.
New Basemap Option and Point Colors
We heard from users that they would like to see more contrast in our maps so that points on the maps are more visible so we made some changes to address that feedback. Points are now orange so they stand out better from the basemap. We also changed the default basemap option to our new “simple blue” theme.
Publishers can still choose the “simple grey” theme which was the previous default as well as the Esri basemap and custom basemap options.