MapBusinessOnline newsletter – September 2018

Demographic Data - Group Quarters

MBO users accessing the included demographic data layers from within territories or map objects will have noted the population category labeled Group Quarters. A Group Quarters definition was requested by a few users.

A Group Quarter is a housing unit for people requiring specific services. It is not a typical Census defined housing unit like a regular owned home or a rented apartment. "Group Quarters include such places as college residence halls, residential treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, military barracks, correctional facilities, and workers’ dormitories." Read about demographic data in MBO.

Group Quarter totals represent the estimated number of people living in Group Quarters in your identified area of interest.

MBO Map Gallery

Be sure to stop by MapBusinessOnline's Map Gallery every so often to view an interactive map of a geospatial scenario. These maps are designed to represent real world situations that translate well into a business map. Feel free to submit requests for a Map Gallery subject. Please include data sources with permissions and perhaps a sense of what the maps purpose should be.

MBO Tips & Tricks - Query ZIPs from County Territories

A customer asked recently about querying a County Based Territory for all contained ZIP codes. Below is noted the process to enable this tricky result. After your county based territories are created:

  • In the Data Window drop down and select the ZIP code layer.
  • Click the Yellow Puzzle Piece icon on the Data Window toolbar.
  • Select the your preferred result options from the choices presented.
  • View and export the results!

Here's a video of the County-based territory ZIP query process.

Map News from Across the Internet

Here's a few links to a few recent and interesting articles on mapping

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MBO Feature of the Month - Map Title

Not every map requires a map title. But important business maps should include a Map Title. There are two naming conventions for maps in MBO. One is the Save As function that occurs when you save any map. The saved file name is a name of sorts and it displays in small text at the top center of the overall map, but there are no text controls over the Save As naming convention.

An actual Map Title function is located in Map & Data under Edit map Properties:

  • As always, click the Edit Gear.
  • Under the Map Options tab, third line up from the bottom, on the left side you will notice a check box labeled Show Map Title.
  • Checking this box places a Map Title text box on the map with a Settings Gear.
  • Edit the Map Title as required and adjust background color shading too.

Use the Map Title to clearly state the intent of your map. Use it to inform your map audience of your maps intent. Keep it simple and correctly formatted. Adjust the Map Title background color so the title is differentiated from the rest of the map.

Remember there are additional text box options in the draw tools. And you also have Legend editing tools.