It’s not often that you can add features to a released product. But SAS Visual Analytics 8.2’s “Data-Driven Content” allows VA to be used in new ways.
One feature SAS has been investigating is the ability to use web maps. ESRI’s web maps enable users to combine a base map with any of ESRI’s layers—showing information ranging from demographics to traffic to weather patterns—and to bundle that combination into a single, publishable unit.
As part of our investigation, SAS is making available an open-source, data-driven content provider for ESRI web maps in VA 8.2 reports.
Users can get their own copy of the provider, host it locally, and assign the “content” property of their data-driven controls to the provider’s URL. By adding arguments to the URL (such as “visualizationType” and “use3D”), they can introduce data from VA reports as new, native layers inside an ESRI web map.
The layers currently supported include scatter plots, bubble charts, and choropleths.
Following is a 3D web map to which SAS VA has added a layer showing NOAA measurements of Atlantic hurricanes in 2000 sized by wind speed and colored by air pressure.
Additional resources on data-driven content
As SAS continues to investigate ESRI’s growing feature set, we would be grateful for your feedback, and, of course, we welcome collaboration on GitHub.
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