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The Irish boundary datasets supplied by eSpatial where obtained from the Central Statistics Office’s 2011 Irish census. Irish provinces and Irish county boundary datasets are provided by the eSpatial mapping software. 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 Irish counties boundary dataset and a sample sales dataset which was created for the purpose of this report. This report examines total sales in relation to Ireland’s counties. This report could also have been run against the Irish provinces boundary dataset but for the purpose of this sample report the Irish counties dataset was chosen.

Counties are colored and categorized according to the total number of sales in 2012 within each of them. 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 counties (e.g. Carlow) have the lowest sales totals, less than 170,000 while red colored counties (e.g. Wexford) have the highest sales totals more than 490,000. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the sales totals in the light orange (e.g. Clare), orange (e.g. West Meath) and dark orange (e.g. Kilkenny) colored counties lies somewhere between 170,000 and 490,000 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 Ireland’s counties). 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 county 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 counties with between 200,000 and 400,000 sales are only displayed on the map).

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