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Getting started with Maply

A 1-minute video guide on getting started with Maply and creating a heat map for US population.

Location layer is the most common type of maps and is also very often the starting point for geographical data analysis.

With Maply, you can put multiple locations on the map. You can add a location manually or you can upload multiple locations using our templates. We have two templates available:

cloud_download Location Layer Excel template with sample data (Simple).
cloud_download Location Layer Excel template with sample data (Advanced).
Structure/format of Maply Location Upload Template:
No.ColumnDescriptionOptional/Required
1NameName of the location. Will be used as display label for this location when avaiable. Optional. This column should NOT be deleted from the upload template.
2AddressAddress of the location.Optional. This column should NOT be deleted from the upload template.
3Postal CodePostal code of the location.Optional. This column should NOT be deleted from the upload template.
4CountryCountry of the location.Required. This column should NOT be deleted from the upload template.
5LatitudeSometimes referred as Lat, this is the latitude of the location. It ranges from -90 to 90. When Lat and Lng are provided, address information will not be used for geocoding. Note that usage limits apply. Refer to pricing page for more details. This column is optional and can be omitted from upload template (as in the simple template above).
6LongitudeSometimes referred as Lng, this is the longitude of the location. It ranges from -180 to 180. When Lat and Lng are provided, address information will not be used for geocoding. Note that usage limits apply. Refer to pricing page for more details. This column is optional and can be omitted from upload template (as in the simple template above).
7weightA measurement associated to this location, e.g. number of people, price, number of orders, quantity, sales, etc. This is taken into consideration for icon size, heat map view display, and cluster view display. Weight is also used during COG calculation. This column is optional and can be omitted from upload template (as in the simple template above).
8remarksA short description of this location.This column is optional and can be omitted from upload template (as in the simple template above).
While you are free to change the contents of the template, including the headers, it's important to keep the order of the columns same. Otherwise, the upload may not work as expected. We uses the order of the columns to determine the contents uploaded.

Once a location layer is added, there are a few things you can do at layer level, which is shown on the menu which will show up when the icon more_vert next to the layer name is clicked.

You can also add multiple location layers, with each layer a different group of locations. You can also make the icons of each layer different so that they are easily differentiated from each other on the map.

From location layer, you can switch easily among location view, heatmap view and cluster view.

However, due to user experience, location view will be disabled when number of locations exceeds 5000.

Below is an example of location map

Heatmap

Get more from your locations

Once locations have been added to your location layer, you can calculate the Center of Gravity of those locations.

You can also create an optimal route that visits all the locations in the shortest time.

You can also add a Radius Coverage Map.

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