One of the features that distinguishes eSpatial is that it allows users to layer data onto maps. This gives your Excel spreadsheet data the flexibility to be expressed and analyzed in a variety of ways.
How to add layers
Anytime you click the Add Data button on the control panel and upload a dataset, you are adding a new layer that is independent and can be styled, colored and analyzed separately within the eSpatial Workspace.
Working with layers
There are several types of dataset layers that you can work with in eSpatial:
- User spreadsheet datasets – this is the data that is plotted on a map whenever you upload Excel spreadsheet data to eSpatial, which produces a pin map by default.
- Boundary datasets – these are datasets that are attached to specific geographic regions – such as US population per state. You can access these datasets via the eSpatial datastore (click the Add from Library option after you click Add Data and then the tab for the eSpatial datastore).
- Territory datasets – these are customized datasets that have been created by users to mark out their own tailored territories, which have been built by joining existing boundary datasets (zip codes, states, etc). If you have created territories, they can be accessed from your Library.
Export as Dataset
One of the most exciting features to have been recently added to eSpatial is the option to Export As Datasets.
Step 1 – click the export icon
Step 2 – select the Export Dataset option
Benefits of Export Dataset
This effectively allows you to combine several datasets in a Workspace into one dataset. The new dataset can then be used with other datasets, separately. This is a huge-time saver, because it means that the same data that rarely or ever changes (e.g. location of vendors within a radius map showing distance from distributors) can be moved easily between Workspaces.
Turn layers on and off
Layers are easily turned on and off in eSpatial, by togging the eye symbol beside the dataset in the Legend panel.
This feature allows you upload layers upon layers of data to one Workspace – e.g., have everything contained in the one place – and turn on or off different layers to create maps for different viewers.
Send (URL via email) the different mapped views to the relevant parties, after you have saved each view as a different map, using the control panel:
If you haven’t used eSpatial before, sign up for an account and get full functionality for 7 days. However, even when switched to a free account afterwards, you can continue to upload spreadsheets and layer data onto maps.