AURIN MAP User Guide

This tutorial provides insights into the AURIN Map. The AURIN Map is a browser based map visualisation tool with a range of national data layers from various data partners covering subjects such as population and demographics, health and wellbeing, socio-economic indices, vulnerability indicators, access to services and more. Access to the AURIN MAP does not require a login.

Using the map

The AURIN Map has a mapping window in the screen which we will be referring to as the “map” and on the left of it is a sidebar from which you can search for data and view data which has been added to your AURIN Map, we will refer to this sidebar as the “data bar”.

Using the data bar as shown below you are able to:

1. Explore Data

Using the Explore Data button you are able to open up the AURIN Map data catalogue. The data catalogue contains all datasets served through the AURIN Map and all the metadata regarding those datasets, we use the data catalogue to add datasets into your workspace to visualise on the map. We will explore the data catalogue further down in this user guide.

2. Upload Data

This button allows you to upload your own data, this data can come from a local file which you hold or data served via the web. Clicking the button displays a wizard which runs you through uploading your dataset as well as information regarding what data formats and standards are supported for upload into your AURIN Map workspace.

The following image shows what you will see when you open the data catalogue:

1. Data List

The left side of the data catalogue lists all the datasets which are available on the AURIN Map. The datasets have been separated into the following themes:

  1. Population Density
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Socio-Economic Indices
  4. Vulnerability Indicators
  5. Metropolitan Accessibility
  6. Education
  7. Election Results
  8. Environment
  9. Impacts of COVID-19 on Australia’s Employment

2. Dataset Metadata

The right side of the data catalogue window displays the metadata regarding the dataset. This metadata provides a summary of the dataset giving information regarding the meaning and purpose of the dataset, as well as provide licencing information for the dataset.

Each dataset on the AURIN Map has a licence attached to it, to use the dataset you must follow the licence attached to each dataset as specified in the AURIN Terms of Use.

Once a dataset has been added to your workspace, you will be able to see options regarding altering visualisation of that dataset in the data bar, this is shown in the following image:

1. Dataset Controls

This top row of buttons allows you to perform the actions described on the buttons and adjust opacity of how the dataset is displayed. The Split button in particular allows you to create a slider where you are able to visualise two different styles concurrently and by moving the slider, change which style is being displayed. An exmaple of this is shown here:

As you can see you are able to set styles for the left, right or both sides and move the slider to reveal more of each side.

2. Style Selector

Each dataset on the AURIN Map has predefined styles which is displayed on the map, often these styles represent different attributes of the data within the dataset. You are able to use the Style Selector to explore and select the style which you would like to display.

Example Questions

The AURIN Map is about understanding the people and places that make up Australian Cities. Since Geographers study not just the land, but the people and where they live and how they interact with places. For example where they go to work, do their shopping, exercise and interact socially it is important for geographers to access to have access to data and the skills to interpret this into information.

Common types of questions which we believe the AURIN Map can assist in answering are:

  • Are you able to find areas of Low and High Vulnerability in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne?
  • Can you comment on the geographic spread of these areas in relation to the centre of each of the cities?
  • Does there appear to be a relationship with the Accessibility levels observed in the Metro ARIA datasets?