Visual Comparisons

Valuable insights can be discovered by visualizing maps side-by-side and synchronizing them. Detecting changes, making comparisons, or studying relationships becomes easier when the maps are in the same viewing area. Synchronizing the maps helps keep the focus area in perspective and supports detailed analysis. The maps to the right are placed side by side to explore how the rate of AIDS compares to the % of the population living in poverty in various parts of the country. As you zoom in or out on one map, the other map also zooms in or out so the maps stay focused on the same area.

How Synchronized Maps Work

Synchronizing maps causes them to move together at exactly the same rate and time. This allows for an accurate geospatial relationship whether the map is zoomed in/out or moved to a different location. It is possible to synchronize as many maps as necessary to provide adequate visual information. In the example below, four maps are synchronized to show candidate support during an election year. The map in the top left is Obama, the top right is McCain, the bottom left is Clinton, and the bottom right is Romney. As you zoom in, the four maps zoom in to the same location. Click on the maps to try the demo.

Political Map Zoomed Out

Benefits of Using Synchronized Maps

Aids Healthcare
  • Generate New Insights
  • Identify New Opportunities
  • Analyzing Location and Demographic Data
  • Business Planning
  • Manage Materials, Supplies, Human resources, and Logistics
  • Accurate Visual Comparisons
  • Multiple Weather and Climate Forecasts