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The Canadian boundary datasets supplied by eSpatial mapping software where obtained from Statistics Canada’s 2011 census. eSpatial mapping software provides Canadian Province and Territory, Canadian Census Division and Canadian Census Metropolitan/Agglomeration Area (CMA) boundary datasets. These boundary datasets can be used in conjunction with your own personal or commercial data. The eSpatial mapping software facilitates the linking of your own data with these boundary datasets allowing for a visual analysis of your data on a map. These boundary datasets can also be used in conjunction with your own data to create reports in which your data is summarized in relation to these boundaries. Below is an example of this kind of report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

A heat map report was created using the eSpatial mapping software, the Canadian province /territory boundary dataset and a sample sales dataset which was created for the purpose of this report. This report examines total sales in relation to Canadian provinces/territories. This report could also have been run against the Canadian census division and Canadian census metropolitan / agglomeration Area (CMA’s) boundary datasets but for the purpose of this sample report the Canadian province/territory boundary dataset was chosen.

Provinces/territories are colored and categorized according to the total number of sales within each of them in 2012. The graduated color scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow colored provinces/territories (e.g. Nunavut) have the lowest sales totals, less than 425,000 while red colored provinces/territories (e.g. Saskatchewan) have the highest sales totals, more than 1.36 million. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the sales totals in the light orange (e.g. Newfoundland and Labrador), orange (e.g. Northwest Territories) and dark orange (e.g. Manitoba) colored provinces/territories lies somewhere between 425,000 and 1.36 million respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on Sum (Total Sales 2011) to see the 2011 values mapped in relation to Canadian provinces and territories). Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort ascending on Sum (Total Sales 2012) to see which province/territory has the lowest number of sales). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on (Total Sales 2012) so that provinces/territories with between 500,000 and 1,000,000 sales are only displayed on the map).

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