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Data Planet Statistical Datasets: Mapping

Learn more about the statistical datasets and sources available in Data Planet.

Data Planet Maps

Data Planet Statistical Datasets comes with a robust - and easy - mapping feature. Data Planet maps are powered by Google Maps API, which allows for precise rendering of map images based on user geography selection and zoom level. Users are able to choose from four basic map types: thematic, terrain, satellite, and hybrid. Quickly move back and forth between views to decide on the view that best communicates the point you're trying to make.

Thematic:

Terrain:

 Satellite:

Hybrid: map data overlaid on top of satellite/aerial imagery

ZOOM ON IN!!

The large +/- sign on the lower right of the map image can be used to zoom in for map detail or out to take a bird's eye view. Use the expand/contract icon on the upper right of the map image to view - you guessed it - in full screen, and easily toggle back to the window view.

 

Using Map Options in Data Planet

Mapping is a common way to visualize data. A map displays data points for a specific time period and geographic area as a continuum through changes in color. Below is an example of a map created in Data Planet showing counts of central and branch libraries by state . The colors easily communicate the states with the most libraries and the fewest:

 

To create a map of the statistics you've selected, click on the Map icon on the center tool bar:

 

Open Chart Options, also on the center tool bar, to customize your map.

Here you'll find choices on the number of colors to use in your map and your preferred color palette:

 

To export the map (and the data associated with the geographic area), use the Shapefile export option on the Export menu. This will export the information to a GIS-usable file that you can use in other mapping software.

 

The View/Print DataSheet export option opens up an infographic of the map and description of the dataset it represents. The DataSheet opens up in a new tab - if you have pop-up blockers enabled, you might need to adjust those settings in order for this option to behave as intended.

The URL links back to this view option generates a URL that you can use (or share) to link directly back into the view that you've created.

 

 

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