The Blank Canvas app is a powerful way to completely customize your dashboard from scratch!  You can add pods just like in other apps, but in Blank Canvas you have the added flexibility to add multiple individual maps to be viewed side by side.

Let’s walk through steps to get multiple maps in Blank Canvas.  First, launch Blank Canvas for a dataset.  The dataset configuration panel is automatically expanded to get you started.

Blank Canvas launches without any maps or pods.  Select to add a map of your choice.

Using the dataset configuration panel again or by adding another dataset to your dashboard, add another map.

Linking multiple maps

By default, you can zoom into each individual map separately.  This may be helpful if you need to view two different areas on the map at the same time – with this side-by-side map feature, you don’t have to zoom in and out of a single map to view each area separately.

Alternatively, it can be beneficial to see a side by side map of the same area – using different visualizations of the same dataset or using two different datasets, for example industry data in one map and your dataset in the other.

To get your maps to link, simply click “Link Maps” in the map controls.  Clicking the “Link Maps” in the Florida map above (map on the left) will zoom the other maps to match the Florida map.

Now that the maps are linked, as you zoom and pan in either map, all maps will update to stay in sync.

Visualize trends with multiple maps

By adding two or more instances of the same dataset to a SpatialKey report, you can easily visualize location trends in your data.  For example, rather than just looking at locations of reported crimes, you can visually compare events in the daytime versus the nighttime.

This report contrasts crime reports between 6am and 9pm (on the left), and 9pm and 6am (on the right).  We can easily identify hotspots that exist at night but not during the day.

Compare attributes across multiple maps

When you have two or more maps in your Blank Canvas dashboard, you can hover over one map to view details and corresponding tooltips appear in the other maps.  This allows you to compare the location trends of different attributes of the same dataset, or of different datasets.

Notice how in the left map, the hover displays the number of records, and in the right map, the hover is displaying the Total Eq Site Limit.  In the example we are viewing two maps of the same dataset, but imagine the example where one map shows my data and the other shows industry data.  In one tool tip, I would see my number of records and in the other, I would see the total number of records from the industry data.