Mapline Makes a Difference: The New Jersey Mock Election

We’ve been having some fun behind the scenes at Mapline this election season. We’ve teamed up with the New Jersey Center for Civic Education and the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association to power maps for their mock election for students.

How the Mock Election Works

The mock election covers the presidential race, as well as New Jersey congressional seats and two “yes or no” issue questions: whether the state’s gasoline tax should be raised 23 cents per gallon to fund repairs and improvements to New Jersey’s roads and transportation infrastructure and whether term limits should be imposed for members of Congress.

Educators simply determine their Congressional District and download the appropriate ballot for their students, who are then able to cast their votes either on paper or electronically. Voting opened October 10, and all results must be submitted by October 25.

Mapping the Results

After the votes are in, our Mapline team will power maps that will plot a variety of different data for students and educators. A total of 77 maps will be available as PDF downloads representing combinations of 4 overarching variables: candidate, issue, grade level and political region. Mapline’s territory heat map overlays will color code territories in order to differentiate voting patterns.

In addition to the PDF maps, Mapline is also providing 4 aggregated maps to be embedded in the site that students and teachers can manipulate. These live, interactive maps will represent voting results across all grades by Congressional District. A map will be dedicated to each candidate and issue variable.

Students and teachers can zoom in and out on these maps and can perform searches for specific cities or addresses to narrow down the data.

Increasing Civic Awareness

Students from grades 5-12 from more than 300 school districts in New Jersey are expected to participate in the mock election, generating a wealth of data on student political opinion. It’s a fantastic educational opportunity for teachers to show students firsthand how democracy works and to lead them in analyzing voting patterns across districts.

We’re honored to be a part of such an endeavor, and can’t wait to see the results come in! Check out other ways Mapline can be used in the classroom and beyond.

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2015 Mapline Voyage

We came, we saw, and  yes, we so conquered 2015 with flying colors! Thanks to all of you, our valued Mapline customers and users, because you made another mapping year with us truly awesome!

2016 is just around the corner – yup, another meaningful year peeking at a distance. But for now, we thought it would be nice to reflect back on some of the best accomplishments of Mapline for the past 365 days. Here are some of the ways you made the difference in mapping with us:

These will not be possible without your continuous feedback and allowing us to help you achieve your mapping goals. What’s in store for Mapline in 2016? We can only expect better victories ahead for all of us. And we can’t wait for all that we have in store for this year. So bring it on, 2016!

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Mapline Adds 4 Million Retail Locations to Its Maps

We are pleased to announce that Mapline will now be providing external data. The people have asked, and we have answered!

That’s right. Competitive data is now available in Mapline. There are thousands of data sets now available, the data ranging from retail stores to gas stations. Now you can build a map from excel and then add external data. Compare your data with the local data of the area!

Competitive Data—Why is it needed?

Data, data, data. Businesses and organizations thrive on the accumulation, comparison, and evaluation of data. People track and record just about everything that happens in a company, trying to improve processes and gain insights. How does one cog of the business affect another cog? How does a particular advertisement fare across various geographic regions? How does a particular product sell at the various stores? Analyzing and making decisions off of data is becoming a crucial aspect of running (and growing) business.

But sometimes, working with your own, internal data doesn’t paint the whole picture. Sometimes, external data is needed. Where are your competitors? Where are the gas stations? Fast food stations?

External data is just that; data from other sources that you yourself didn’t collect. It’s taking your data and putting it side-by-side with your competitor’s data. Or retail locations.

Having the whole picture is oftentimes crucial to figuring out what is going on in your little corner.

What would you do if you realized that your locations within 10 miles of a Walmart had 10% higher sales? What if there were 50 fast food stores in a potential site for your new restaurant? Would that deter you?

No man is an island, and no business decision should be made independent of the environment. The best decisions are oftentimes the most informed decisions. In Mapline, you can make those informed decisions.

Check out the full list of available external data sets!

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New Feature: Sublayers Work Wonders!

In line with mapping in simplicity, we are proud to release a new mapping tool that puts the “A+” in data analysis. We’re talking about Sublayers. Though the name isn’t as cool as its abilities, we tell you – they bring huge analytical power to the users! Just by a few clicks, it can answer difficult questions such as:

  • How can I identify a particular group of pins?
  • Where are my retail stores with the highest sales located?
  • How can I analyze a particular group of pins with the rest of the pins on my map?
  • How can I create a multi-layered map from my data set?

The answer? The Sublayer feature! It makes mapping simpler while trimming your analysis down in only minutes. How cool is that?

Here’s how it works. See the map below? Here, you’re shown a map with crowded pins. Does that mean anything? Not in the first glance. Yes, the map does say something about the locations and the pins represent addresses. But if you really want to know the connections between thse map pins, you need to re-group them by category. Thanks to the new feature, you now have the power to organize your map pins and make your data analysis much less trickier.

When the sublayers feature is applied using “Unique Values,” here’s what you can get. The map pins are categorized on their status – Open or Closed. Notice that the map pins by sublayer also changed so you can easily identify which is which. At the left sidebar, you can also see how many pins are in closed status and how many are in open status.

For further solutions, feel free to use the Custom Groups selection. It will open new ideas as you step in and categorize your pins in different layers. It is also a vital tool to create exceptional map visualizations for presentations. Show your audience the different tiers of data set that affects your business.

Regroup your data and create a three layer map showing your customers addresses, distribution centers, and competitors. Since each group is represented by unique pin colors, relationship between the groups can be easily identified. Here’s a map using the Custom Groups where you can create different groups and add calculations.

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Mapping Made Easier with Mapline’s New Homepage

“There’s no place like home.” Or so goes the saying. And if the home gives you all the things that you need, who needs to go out? At Mapline, we would like to give our users the friendliest “home” to add more value to their mapping experience. Since the first stop is the Homepage, we thought it would be best to do some “renovation.” Additional features were added not only to look more appealing but more so to give our users the enhanced usability of functions. Here are the new changes that you will notice. What’s even better is that they’re available to use now!

Search Button

Click the search button and  start typing the name of the map or data set that you’re looking for. Even if you type in just 2 or 3 characters, the system will provide you options to choose from.

Organize Column

Now, you can sort each column by clicking on the column header. Click each column and the triangle will appear to help you sort out the list. For instance, map names can be arranged in alphabetical order (or reverse). Date created can be organized in chronological order (or reverse).

Duplicate Button

There’s a new option – Duplicate – which is very helpful. For example, you would like to test adding different radius circles on your map but at the same time, you would also like to retain the original map. What can you do? Just click the box of the map that you want to duplicate. Hit duplicate and automatically, the map is duplicated. The copy can be found below the map that was duplicated.

We hope that the newly added features will help you be comfortable in your new home. For any suggestions, don’t hesitate to drop us an email.

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