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Interactive Maps

EspressDashboard supports interactive maps in addition to traditional reporting, adding yet another powerful dimension to data visualization/presentation, and user-experience enhancement.  Visualization of data in geographical and spatial formats can be very useful for analysis and decision support.  One can easily think of many common and diverse questions that can be answered with enhanced visualization with maps: How is my sales coverage?  Where do I get the most revenue?  What is the demographic distribution? How is my political campaign doing geographically?  What is my (global) company's human capital distribution?  Where do the visitors to my web site come from?

EspressDashboard makes it easy for you to make interactive maps for reporting and include them in dashboards.  The two types of maps supported are Google map and SVG maps.
With high quality imagery and a very wide zoom, Google Maps are useful for displaying exact locations on maps.  You can use geocoding to locate buildings/cities on the map knowing just their addresses.  Usage of Google Maps is limited by Google Maps Terms of Service (To see the current version visit Google Maps API Terms of Service).  Google Maps can contain Tool-tips and Drill-downs.  Tool-tips are small reports or charts, which are displayed on mouse over a map marker.  They can be used to display brief summary information related to the selected location.  Drill-downs are links to parameterized charts, reports or other maps, when the user clicks on a map marker.  They are usually used to display more detailed information about the selected location.

The other supported map format is SVG.  An SVG map, as the name implies, displays the map with SVG image.  EspressDashboard distributes several SVG image files of the continents of the world, which you can use to customize for your application. You can also use your own SVG images like floor plans, seating plans, etc.  Instead of displaying tool-tips on map points, SVG maps work with areas. You can color code areas on the map based on the range of data defined for the area of interest.  Drill-down to charts, reports, or other maps is supported in the same way as in Google maps.
You can mix and match map types for drill-down. In other words, a Google map can drill-down to another Google map or SVG map, and vice versa.

Data sources supported for both types of maps are same as those for reports, i.e. JDBC compliant databases, text files, Java classes, Excel spreadsheets, WSDL and Salesforce SOAP services, XML files, JDNI, and EBJ.

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