R1 – Locations Map
In our last several blog posts, we talked about our search features: Standard Search, Advanced Search, Refined Search, Search Results, Search Details, and much more. We talked briefly about our mapping feature, and we wanted to go more in depth as we think this feature is pretty awesome.
We currently have 3 different kinds of maps in our app, and they are located in two separate spots. Our locations map and choropleth map are located as one map at the bottom of every search results screen. The third map is located in our search details; for every record, there is a map indicating the location of the constituent on the record. Read on to discover more about our standard maps!
Donor Dossier offers a free mapping feature with each of our subscriptions. Each record is mapped and displayed on the locations map at the bottom of each search result page. Sometimes constituents with the same name live near each other and having a mapped view of your search results will help to determine which John Smith is the right John Smith.
Our map pins are aggregated, so the farther zoomed out you are, the better our map will help you visualize how many John Smiths are located in one region compared to another – like on the East Coast vs in the Midwest. As you zoom in, each map marker will separate to indicate different records and each will be numbered. These numbers are assigned to each record in your search results. To quickly view the constituent assigned to each map marker, select the marker and the constituents name will pop up.
Accessing the Locations Map:
Viewing our locations map is as simple as running a search because that is all you have to do to access it. From either a Standard Search or an Advanced Search, enter your search terms, press Search, and navigate to the bottom of the search results to view the map.
Each map will have map markers listing every record with an address or partial address in the search results. The map markers for each record are rectangular and blue. They will have a number starting with the pound sign (e.g.: #123). The number listed on the pin corresponds to the number listed beside record on the results table. The circular markers on the map come in three different colors: green, yellow, and orange. These are aggregated markers meaning that the more zoomed out on the map you are, the fewer markers are showing.
The numbers listed on these markers correspond to how many markers are part of the aggregated marker. (e.g. 456 means 456 records are mapped under this aggregated marker. This allows the user to better pinpoint their constituent and not be overwhelmed when there is an overabundance of map markers. These aggregate pins are clustered to those pins nearest to them. If you select one of these green, yellow, or orange markers, the map will zoom in and the markers will separate into either smaller aggregated markers or to the original record’s marker. Each blue marker, when clicked, will pop up the constituent’s name assigned to that map marker and their listed address.
Check out our next Blog Post to learn about our Choropleth Map!