Last updated: March 16, 2020

A MapGeo Studio visualization is a map created by displaying any number of individual MapGeo Studio datasets. CartoCSS and help wizards can be used to symbolize the datasets. Within the visualization, you are also able to add configurable pop-ups and hovers with information about data points, lines or polygons and create unique legends. Visualizations can then be exported and added to your MapGeo Viewer.

  • Access to MapGeo Console

  • Access to MapGeo Studio

To create a visualization, you will need to start on the “Maps” homepage of MapGeo Studio,

  • Select the “New Map” button on the upper right hand side. 

  • Select the datasets you would like to include in your visualization from the New map pop-up  menu that pops up. You are able to search for specific datasets.

  • Click “Create Map” in bottom right hand corner.

  • From here, you will be sent to your new map. You are able to, and recommended to, rename the map by double clicking on the title in the top left corner in order to edit.

  • There are two separate tabs to view your data in within the visualization, the “Data” tab and the “Map” tab. You can toggle between them with the Data and Map buttons in the top center. 

  • In the Data tab, open the right side panel to query your data. Use PostsgreSQL to query your data. The results of your query will affect what data is displayed in your map.

  • In the Map tab, the right side panel also controls the visualization of your data. From the first tab in the right side panel, you can also query your data using PostgreSQL.

  • The second tab is the right side panel is the “Map Layer Wizard.” This wizard gives you quick means to configure your visualization. You are able to define your symbology as Simple, Chloropleth, Category and Bubble. 

    • Once you have chosen the symbology method, you can select the color, stroke, labeling or field to symbolize on. Please see the instructional video visually walking you through these configuration options.

  • The following tab is the “Infowindow” tab. Here you configure your pop-ups and hovers on the map. These pop-ups or hovers will display windows with selected information about feature points, lines or polygons. Please see the pop-ups and hovers section for configuration instructions.

  • Next is the “CSS” tab which allows you to customize your symbology using CartoCSS. CSS allows you to make more specific configurations than you would be able to with the simple baseline symbology from the Map Layer Wizard. Please see the CartoCSS section for section instructions.

  • The “Legend” tab is next. In this section, you can create custom legends to match the symobology of your data. Using the Map Layer Wizard will automatically create default legends for you that you are able to customize in this tab. Please visit the Legend section for configuration instructions.

  • The final tab is the “Filters” tab. This is another means besides SQL queries to query your data. The filter will filter specific fields of your data by given instructions. We recommend you use the SQL query tab for querying your data.

  • After your visualization has been configured, you are able to publish the visualization using the “Publish” button in the top right corner.

Tips and Tricks

  • To add additional datasets to your visualization, click “Add Layer” at the top of the right side panel in the Map tab. You will be able to search your data library for datasets to add. 

  • You are able to include any number of datasets in the visualization, but 10 or less datasets is optimal for viewing and editing.

  • To change the drawing layer of the datasets, drag the order around in the right side panel. The bottom dataset will draw first with the follow datasets on top.

  • CartoCSS allows for more customized symbology, but if you are getting started with CartoCSS, using the Map Layer Wizard and editing the preset CSS that displays in the CSS tab is a good way to learn more.

  • Legends, pop-ups and hovers can be customized using HTML.

Next: Publish data to MapGeo and Create a Layer in MapGeo