2D Maps

2D Maps are used to visualize geographic data at any scale, from worldwide to street level. You can overlay data on top of the map as points or as a heatmap.

Required Features and Dimensions

The 2D map plot type requires a feature that represents longitude mapped to X and a feature that represents latitude mapped to Y. The coordinates must be in the form of Decimal Degrees (DD) — coordinates in other formats must be converted before loading the data set.

Controls

To map the 2D map, hold down the left mouse button and drag (desktop) or point at the map and move the control stick (VR). To rotate the map (to expose the Z axis) hold down the right mouse button and drag (desktop) or point away from the map and move the control stick (VR). To zoom in, roll the mouse wheel (desktop) or select the Zoom In / Zoom Out buttons in plot settings (desktop and VR).

Settings

In map mode you can change:

  • Provider – Changes the service used to create the map that’s displayed beneath the data points
  • Style – Selects between the multiple map styles offered by each provider
  • Zoom level – Changes zoom level
  • Region Selection – Create a selection on the map and zoom to the area selected
  • Heatmap – Superimpose a heatmap on the plot

Heatmap Options

  • Heatmap ResolutionDetermines the granularity of the heatmap visualization. A higher resolution will result in a more detailed representation of the data density but will take longer to generate than a lower resolution.
  • Create Feature – This option creates a new feature and adds it to the dataset. Each record in the newly created feature corresponds to a (0-1) normalized value representing the density of data at the geographical location of a given data point in a heatmap visualization.

Selecting Points

For performance reasons, by default points on a 2D Map are not interactive. To enable point selection, select the Point Interaction button () from the toolbar (desktop and VR) or the map control panel (VR). We recommend returning this setting off when you are finished interacting with points, as on large datasets it can add several seconds to zooming and panning.

Map Provider Attributions

ArcGIS by Esri

Open Street Map
Map tiles by © OpenStreetMap contributors, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

Stamen Design
Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.