Creating Maps with Lines and Polygons

Once you have imported a dataset with a (multi)polygon or (multi)line geometry type, you can use the visualization tool to create maps based on the data!

Accessing the Visualization Tool 

From the landing page of your dataset, simply click on the Visualize button and select Create Visualization. Or, from within the dataset, click the green Visualize tab and click on Launch New Visualization. This will open a new page where you can begin building your visualization!


Creating Your Map

Once you do this, you'll open up the visualization editor. To create a Map, click on the globe icon to start the map creation process!

Once you have selected the globe icon, some details will immediately generate. To the left of the page, there are two menu buttons that can be used to customize your map visualization: Map Layers and Map Settings.

The Map Layer section will be where you configure, shape, and stylize the data that is used to generate the map. You can also view and select other layers to add to your map, you can find more information on creating multilayer maps here.

The Map setting section will be where you configure the behavior of the map across layers. Here you can adjust things such as the title, description, base map, and search options.


Map Layers

We will first explore all the options available to customize your point map in the Map Layers section.

Data Selection

Geo Column

The main component of your map can be found under Geo Column. When selecting the globe icon, this field will pre-populate with the location column.

Scale Line weight by Value (Lines Only)

You can choose a numerical column to be used to adjust the weight or thickness of your lines. 

Color by Value

This section will allow you to modify the shape or line colors based on the values of any column in your dataset.


Color Palette

Choose a color or color palette (when coloring by value) for the shapes on your map. You can also set a custom color scheme if you do not want to use one of the predefined palettes.

Quantification Method (Shapes Only)

Choose between Linear and Category. Linear is best used when your colorized data covers a wide range of values like population. The Category can be used when you have a distinct list of values that are ascribed to the different shapes.

Number of Data Classes (Shapes Only)

When using the Linear quantification method, this setting allows you to select the number of different classes used for your color scheme.

Midpoint (Shapes Only)

When using the Linear quantification method, this setting determines the middle value for your color groups.

Shape Fill Opacity (Shapes Only)

This setting is a slider bar from 0 - 100 that will allow you to set the opacity of the shapes

Line Color Opacity (Lines Only)

This setting is a slider bar from 0 - 100 that will allow you to set the opacity of the lines

Line Weight (Lines Only)

Min & Max

After you set a value for Scale Line weight by Value, this setting determines the minimum and maximum line width for your map.

Number of Data Classes 

After you set a value for Scale Line weight by Value, this setting allows you to choose the number of data classes (from 2 to 7). This can help set the range of different line weights and colors you would like in your map.

Shape Outline (Shapes Only)

Shape Outline Color

This setting sets the color of the outline for your shapes.

Shape Outline Width

This setting sets the width of the line that outlines the shapes

Flyout Details 

When clicking on a specific shape, these are the details that will be displayed. You can configure a column to be used as the Flyout Title as well as add additional columns to your flyout details.


This section contains a check box that determines if the legend is shown or hidden

Advanced Options

Simplification Level

This setting allows you to determine the simplification level of your map. You have options of More detail, Normal, or Less detail.

Map Settings

In this next section, we can set a number of different map setting options.


In the Type drop-down, you can choose from a list of nine prepopulated base maps, such as Basic or Satellite. The map will refresh after you make a selection. 


Set the title and description of the map, this will show up in the map area but will not change the name the map is saved as.

You can toggle the "View Source Data" link on and off, this link will direct users back to the dataset used to create the map.

You can also toggle whether to show or hide the data table below the map

Map Controls

In this section, you can choose whether you want to show three different controls: the search bar, the locate button, and the navigation button.

The search bar allows you to search for a specific location

The locate button will zoom to your current location to view the map

The navigation buttons will add buttons to zoom in and out

Legend Options

This section gives you a few options

You can choose to show or hide the legend

You can decide whether to have the legend be open or closed by default

You have the option to set the decimal precision on flyouts. Automatic will use the decimal precision of the dataset, while custom will allow you to set the precision between 0 and 4 decimal places.

Zoom Level

This section gives you a slider to set the minimum and maximum zoom levels for your map

Search Boundary

This section allows you to select a custom search boundary on the map by selecting shift + click to draw a box on the map that sets custom boundaries. These boundaries will limit your search results on the Map to the area within them. 




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