Tutorial: Using the Mapped Layers Tab

As you add data to the map in Geopointe—whether it be Data Sets, Shapes, KML files, Thematic Layers, and/or Routes—they are all organized on the map as layers. You can manage your layers from the Mapped Layers tab in the control panel. The tab includes a number of tools that allow you to customize how your data is displayed and which layers are visible. 

This article will cover the types of Layers you can add to the map, and how you can interact with that data. 


Data Set - Aggregate Information

After performing a data set search, the search result can be interacted with on the Mapped Layers tab of the control panel. Information displayed includes the number of records populated and a sum currency amount (if a currency field was added to the data set). 


Data Set - Markers vs. Clusters

Clusters help you see your data in concentrations, creating a more comprehensive view than possible with layered map pins. However, there will be times when you as a user want to turn auto-clustering off. You can toggle between the clusters and pins by clicking on their respective icons and the map will load with the selected preference. 

Learn more about Marker Clusters

Data Set - Heat Map

If clustering is too general for your needs, heat mapping may be what you need instead. It allows you to see the concentration of your data in a more exacting way. 

Turn on a heat map by clicking the Flame icon. This first map shows the concentration by record count:

Here are the same results, but the Weighted Value is now the Expected Amount currency field:

In order to use a currency field for the heat map, that field must have been added to the data set prior to running the search. Note that you can also adjust the heat map by changing the radius or keeping the markers displayed. 

Data Set - Show Legend

You can now access the Legend from Mapped Layers, instead of having to switch to the Legend tab. Click Show Legend on a search result and it will show you the marker colors defined. It is interactive just like on the Legend tab; clicking on a marker will turn on/off the markers that match that color. 

For more information on customizing your marker colors, check out this document

Shape - Colors

When shapes are added to the map (either from the Saved Layers tab or by creating a new one), the shape is designated in Mapped Layers with an icon that matches the shape color. 



Shape - Labels

Geopointe allows you to add labels to your shapes. Those can be toggled on and off by clicking the Label button next to shape in Mapped Layers



Show/ Hide Layers

Layers can be hidden by clicking on the Eye icon. To unhide the layer, simply click on the "eye" icon again. Hiding a layer will also hide that information in the Mapped Data table below the map. The layer also appears grayed out in the Mapped Layers area, with the Eye icon crossed out. 


Zoom to Fit

The Magnifying Glass icon zooms the map to fit the entirety of that layer.



Demographics has been moved and improved. Those layers are now created on the Saved Layers tab, but once on the map they are viewing in Mapped Layers. For more on the changes made to Demographics, check out the main article.


Thematic Maps

A Thematic Layer allows you to rollup metrics (e.g. record count, $ amounts, % values, other numeric fields) grouped and colored by geographic boundaries. Though similar to Heat Maps, Thematic Layers allow you see concentrations clearly delineated by geographic boundaries, rather than simply by hot spots. They are created on the Saved Layers tab but can be edited and manipulated in real time from the Mapped Layers tab.

Learn more about Thematic Layers.

Removing Layers

Each layer can be individually removed by clicking on the X located on the far right. To remove all layers, click Remove All Layers at the bottom of the Mapped Layers panel.