Europe, the world’s second smallest continent by area and third largest by population has greater cultural, economic and political relevance than its geographical and census measures. All these influences come together to make defining the exact boundaries and countries of Europe less exact compared to other continents.
World wars both hot and cold have reshaped Europe over the years. Economic unions further entangle the definition of Europe. The like of a clear physical divider between Europe and Asia adds to long standing confusion. Countries like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey span the most accepted continental divide. Determination of their continental affiliation is often debated. Also, the United Nations, World Bank and other world entities have devised their own self serving definitions of Europe.
Determining which countries are included in your geographical visualization is not always a matter of geographic influences. Data coverage and quality can also determine which countries are included in your map. You may choose to hide countries with no data, poor data or insignificant data. Europe has a number of very small countries called microstates that are most often insignificant in most geographical data analysis. The European sovereign microstates are Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and Luxembourg. These small regions are also difficult for users to see and interact with at common desktop and mobile dimensional scales. This makes a case for hiding these regions in map visualizations to enhances the user experience.
Your Europe geographical visualization could possibly be defined by one of the common definitions. But the geographical analysis aim to answer the question of “WHERE” will most likely be driven by your data and specific requirements. Unfortunately default Xcelsius and Dashboard Design maps are not are not flexible. You are stuck with a single definition for your Europe map visualization. DataSavvyMaps Europe map add-in for Xcelsius and Dashboard Design offers the flexible country definitions you need and more.
1. Dynamic Europe map definitions. You can configure which European countries are included in your map. You can even dynamically display different map configuration.
2. Contextual map with alerts. In some cases displaying surrounding countries adds context to countries which are the target of your analysis. Additional visual context is available using custom text label and rollover zoom features.
3. Drill down into custom region groupings. You can create your own country groupings or create Europe groupings from common definitions like (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and Northern Europe. These groupings can then be drilled into and zoom the contained countries.
Whether your geo-analytic goals are to support strategic decisions or to simply inform, you can more clearly answer the question of “WHERE” with maps that enable data driven, flexible, dynamic definitions of “WHERE”. DataSavvyMaps for SAP Xcelsius and Dashboard Design work online and offline on both desktop and mobile platforms. You can choose from our library of over 150 map regions or request a custom map design. Visit us at www.datasavvymaps.com to find out more. There are other options for SAP Xcelsius and Dashboard Design map add-ins such as CMaps by Centigon Solutions and Galigeo. Visit these sites for more details.