VitaraMaps Chart installation has three default charts; World Physical, US Physical, and US counties. The charts list can be expanded by adding other countries or other shapes of images and is explained in the subsequent sections.
VitaraMap acts as a heatmap. Color codes the map regions based on one given metric . The following section describes the inputs required .
1. Attributes: One attribute. For world physical map, if the attribute elements contains either iso-standard country names or iso-a2 country codes format, we can directly use without any modifications. Below is the screenshot of web page where we can get iso-a2 codes of countries.
If there is some difference between the country names in our data and shape file country names, we have to add synonyms. This concept is explained in ‘Mapping layers’ chapter.
For US Physical map the attribute should contain US states names.
2. Metrics: Minimum of one metric is needed to draw map chart. Drag and drop a metric into ‘Color By’ drop zone. Any metric at the map region level can be used in this drop zone to create the HeatMap. We can add any number of metrics into ‘tooltip’ drop zone. These metrics will not be use in plotting of the map, but will show their value in tooltip when we hover cursor on the map.
The following sections will explain about the three vitara default maps.
Let’s consider the population density of the following five countries - United States, Russian Federation, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom. The following is the screenshot of the data file.
Add the data file to MicroStrategy dashboard or document. Drag and drop the country name attribute and Population Density metrics into ‘Map Attribute’ and ‘color by’ of drop zone field respectively. The default world physical map will show these countries.
The below screenshot is the Vitara map chart showing Population density for all the countries.
To show this map, let’s take the example of 2014-2015 net migration for the following five states - Washington, Arizona, California, Florida and New York.
Add the dataset to MicroStrategy web or desktop. Drag and drop the attribute and metrics into drop zone. Vitara map chart will show World physical map by default. To change it to US Physical, click on ‘Edit’ button. Properties popup window will open. Go to ‘Map’ tab and expand ‘Map Layer’ tab, then select US Physical. The following screenshot is the output of the US Physical map.
By default chart will show ‘World Physical” map. Go to ‘Edit’ and change the map layer to ‘US Counties’ map. The following screenshot is from the example data for counties in US.
The below screenshot is output of the ‘US Counties’ map.