Portal User Guide

Visualising Your Data

There are a number of tools available for you to use to visualise your data, which can be accessed by clicking on the Interactive Maps & Charts button in the Visualise pane.

Clicking on this will bring up the Visualisations window, from which you can select the type of visualisation you would like to create with your data. Depending on the type of data you want to visualise, you can choose between the following options:

  • Interactive Charts: This option allows you to create a Scatter Plot analysis, which is useful for visualising obvious or not so obvious correlations and relationships in your data.
  • Mapping Areas/PolygonsThis allows you to create thematic area or polygon maps: classic Choropleth and Choropleth (Custom Ranges).
  • Mapping LinesThis allows you to create a Line Map of a line dataset.
  • Mapping PointsThis allows you to create a Point Map, Point Map (Proportional), and a Centroid Map.

Managing and Editing Your Visualisations

Once you have created a visualisation, it will appear in your Visualise panel on the right of your screen (shown below). There are a number of options available to you.

Your visualisations can be turned on and off by clicking either the map or the graph icons to the left of the entry in the panel. For maps, the order that different maps appear in your session depends on the order in which you turn the different ‘layers’ on

You can remove a visualisation by clicking the red cross mark next to the entry. This will be required if you wish to remove the underlying dataset you used to create the visualisation

Clicking on the spanner for visualisation will bring up the visualisation toolbar (shown below), which will provide you with a few more options:


  • Turn Visualisation On/Off: This option provides the same functionality as the icons to the left of your visualisations.
  • Edit Visualisation: This option allows you to change the parameters of your visualisation, such as the attributes, the classification system and the transparency.
  • Rename Visualisation: This allows you to rename your visualisation. This will be important if you plan on building a number of maps and charts in your session.
  • Zoom to Visualisation: This option allows you to zoom to the geographic extent covered by the visualisation.
  • Remove Visualisation: This option allows you to remove a visualisation from your Visualise panel.

Map Overlays

Clicking the Map Overlays button will bring up a list of map overlays that you can turn on in your session.


Click on the Take Screenshot button to download an image of your current screen view (PNG format). A pop-up window (see below) will appear and you will be able to add the following elements to your screenshot: Scale Line, North Arrow, AURIN Logo and a Legend.

Click on the Take Screenshot botton of the pop-up window to download the image.

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