Interactive mapping user guidelines: Area profile template

For help and information with the InstantAtlas mapping software for the Area profile template, refer to the Quick Help tips or the more detailed Guidelines for using the InstantAtlas dynamic Area Profile report. In addition, refer to the Website video tutorials.

Important notes

  1. You must SELECT an area on the map (click on the area) and EXPAND the topic headings (click on the arrow adjacent to a topic) before the data will show in the spine chart: alternatively, click on the ‘+’ symbol at the bottom of the Spine chart box to display all indicators within all topics. Each topic you have expanded will show as a bar on chart, identifying if the value for the area is above or below, or the same as, the national average, per cent, rate etc.
    You can swap between the map and a table of the areas by clicking on the ‘Table' button: click again and the map is restored.
  2. The chart shows an area's score for an indicator on a scale from +100% to -100%; a figure of +100% indicates the rate/ per cent in that area is twice that of Australia's rate/ per cent. However, a score of -100% indicates that the indicator's rate/ per cent is 0 for that area. The inverse of a score being shown as 100% is in fact, -50%: that is, it is the value at which Australia's rate/ per cent is twice that of the area for the particular indicator. An example is if the national figure is 20, an area with a figure of 40 is 100% higher, whereas an area with a figure of 1 is 95% lower.

    Thus the chart should be seen as indicative of the outcomes in an area, as being generally higher than, lower than, or similar to the national figure.

Quick Help

The following table provides some quick tips for using the InstantAtlas software for the Area Profile template. The full help file follows.

KeywordHow to...
Table/ Map Click on this button to swap between the map and the table of areas and values.
Map The map and bar chart are related: as you move your mouse over one element, the related part of the other element is highlighted - click on an area in the map and bar chart; click again to remove it, or right click anywhere and click on 'Clear Selection'.
Topic/ Indicator Click on the 'Select Data' button to select a topic and then select an indicator to display in the map and bar chart.
View Area Move the mouse cursor over the map or bar graph to see the names of areas and values for the indicator. To zoom to a geographic area, change the ‘Table/ Map’ to Table and then click the magnifying glass against the area name in the table box.  Revert to the map and the selected area will be highlighted, showing the value for the current indicator.
View all areas in Legend Range Click on a coloured legend box to highlight all the table names and areas on the map in the selected legend range; click again to remove it, or right click the mouse and choose 'Clear Selection'.
Overlay and service locations Where available, another boundary can be added to the map view by checking the box to the left of the specific map overlay in the legend box. If service locations are included in the legend then these can be marked on the map (or removed) by checking the box to the left of the service location specified.
Filter to an area Click on the 'Filter to an area' button to filter to a specific area (e.g., State/ Territory).
Reset - Map selections Remove area selections by right clicking and selecting 'Clear Selection'. Reset the map to full size by clicking on the magnifying glass below the +/- slider bar at the top left-hand-side of the map window (this is the ‘Zoom Full’ button).
Reset - Map filter/ size Remove filter selections by right clicking and selecting 'Clear Filter', and then 'Zoom Full' to reset the map using the magnifying glass below the +/- slider bar at the top left-hand-side of the map window. Alternatively, under 'Filter to an area', select 'Remove Filter', and then 'Zoom Full'.
Type of legend Click on the ‘pencil’ icon button in the legend box to switch between quantile (events equally distributed between five groups), continuous (areas shaded on a continuous scale from lowest to highest value), equal interval classification (ranges are equal), natural breaks (based on standard deviations from data average), or to increase or decrease the number of ranges (e.g., to 3 ranges - high, medium, low etc.). The colour palette can also be changed using this function, and the order of the legend reversed.
Export Right click and select 'Export' to export to a .jpeg file for pasting and cropping into your document.
Notes on data Click on the 'Select data' button to select a topic. Click on the 'page' icon to the left of the indicator to view data notes and sources in a new tab.
Link to data The 'Link to data' button will open a window where you can choose to download or save the data in spreadsheet (.xls) format.
Bar Chart The bar chart below the map shows the data for the selected indicator for the areas for the selected geography.

Guidelines for using the InstantAtlas dynamic Area Profile report

Administrators can customise the appearance and functionality of an InstantAtlas report. The layout/colours/functionality described in the sections below may therefore be different in the report you are viewing. © 2010 GeoWise Ltd