Comparison data are usually regional or national averages of your indicators which you would like to display in your report. You can display comparison areas in table and chart widgets or show their values in Text widgets by using variables.
You can add comparison areas via your feature service, CSV file or ArcGIS Online Table. Please note that you are not able to add new comparison areas with a CSV / Table once you have already added one or more through your feature layer (and vice versa).
Adding comparison areas via the feature service
- Add an additional row to your feature service for each comparison area you want to display in your report. You will probably have to do this in your source data before you make it a feature service. It is easy to add additional rows to a shapefile using ArcGIS desktop.
- The additional rows should not have any geometry associated with them.
- For each additional row populate it with the relevant comparison data in each data field.
- In your ID field give it an ID beginning with ‘#’, e.g. #US. This tells InstantAtlas to treat it as comparison data. Note if you don’t have a suitable ID column you will need to create one.
- Fill in your name field with a relevant description for your comparison area.
You will need to make sure you switch the Feature ID field from the default of ‘FID’ to the field that holds your features and comparison areas ID codes with ‘#’. You can change this in the Report Properties dialog (in the Report Design Page select the cogwheels icon at the top left hand side to open up the Report Settings tab and then click on Properties).
How to set up comparison areas in CSV/ ArcGIS Online table
The first two columns of the CSV / table are where you set the IDs and Names for the comparison areas. In a CSV file / table,
- define a header for the first column. You can set the header to be identical to the feature service field you use as the report Feature ID (set this in Report Settings > Properties). Report Builder will use this common field to create a link between the feature service and the CSV / table.
- Copy all records of the Feature ID field from the feature service table to the first column of the CSV / table. Here the feature service only contains 3 features, their feature ids are ‘EH11’, ‘EH12’ and ‘EH13’.
- Specify the comparison area IDs in the first column below the feature service feature IDs. The IDs must be given a prefix of ‘#’ (e.g. #001 or #UK) to distinguish them from the feature service features. Here there are two comparison areas: the City of Edinburgh and Scotland with ‘#Edinburgh’ and ‘#Scotland’ as their IDs.
- Now specify the header of the second column. The header name can be identical to the feature service field you use as the report Feature Name (set this in Report Settings > Properties).
- Add the names of the comparison areas on the second column. Note you do not need to specify the names for the features from the feature service in the CSV / table as Report Builder will take the information from the feature service itself.
- Once you have set up the first two columns, you can then add the indicators starting from the third column. Note that each indicator set in Report Builder can only retrieve information from one data source, e.g. it is not possible for an indicator ‘Population 2015’ to retrieve field data from a feature service for your geography features and then retrieve field data from a CSV file / table for your comparison areas. Therefore the indicator values for all geography features must be included in conjunction with the values for comparison areas.
- Once you have finished with setting up all the data for the comparison areas in the CSV file / table, please refer to the CSV / Table Data section of the Report Builder help pages to link the the CSV file to the report. You will be able to display indicator values for comparison areas in a range of widgets.
Note you can combine CSV files / tables which contain comparison areas with ones which do not contain any comparison areas. However, any CSV files / tables that do contain comparison areas must contain the exact same comparison areas. Even if you do not have data for all of them you still have to add them and leave the data cells blank.