InstantAtlas Dynamic Reports: A User’s Guide

Title
Buttons
Menu Bar
Components
Data Explorer
Filter Explorer
Data Table
Map
95% Confidence Intervals Chart
Annual Trend Data Chart
Legend
Map Layers
Comparison Geographies Table
Screen Grabs

 

 

 

Title

The title of the report appears at the very top, within the map header (see Figure 1). It typically lists the name of the theme, BRFSS measure, and time period being displayed. It may also display any filter that you have applied to the data.

 

Figure 1. Instant Atlas Components

 

Buttons

Data Button: Click this button to display the available geographical categories, themes, BRFSS measures, and years in the Data Explorer.

 

Filter Button: Click this button to display the available filters in the Filter Explorer.

 

Menu Bar

Help: Click this link to access InstantAtlas Dynamic Reports: A User’s Guide.

 

Print: Click this link to open a new browser tab/window showing the print preview. This view resizes the report to a standard A4 size (landscape format). You can change the size using the '+' and '-' buttons at the top of the page. When you are happy with the size you can click the printer icon to open the print settings dialog of your internet browser.

 

Share: Click this link to open a pop-up window which allows you to share this report either via email or by embedding it into your own website. To share the report via email simply copy and paste the displayed link into the email text. To embed the report into your website, you can copy the displayed embed code and paste it into your website source code.

 

Components

All components of the report have a maximize button on the top right hand corner that becomes visible when you hover over the component. Click this button to see a full screen view of the component. In this view the maximize button changes to a restore down button which allows you to restore the component again to its original size and location.

 

Some components such as the map, tables and charts also have an export button next to the maximize button. For the map and charts this button will open the map or chart graphic (the map without background layers) as an image in a new tab/window of your browser. From there you can save the image through the right-click menu. For the tables the export button opens a new browser tab/window showing you the table content in CSV format. If you have made a selection, only the selected features will appear in the CSV export.

 

Data Explorer

The Data Explorer contains the available geographic categories, themes, BRFSS measures, and time periods. Otherwise the top level lists the available themes. Click on a theme to see a list of the indicators within that theme. Click on an indicator to see a list of available years (see Figure 2). Click a time period or an indicator without a time period to load new data.

 

At the top of the Data Explorer there is an option to navigate up one level in the tree or to jump directly to the top level.

 

In front of the BRFSS measure year you may see notes icons which will link to external resources with further information about the data.

 

Figure 2. Explorer Navigation

 

Filter Explorer

The Filter Explorer lists any available filter. Click on a filter name to see the filter values of this filter. Clicking a filter value will filter the report so that only geographic features with the selected filter value are prominent. At the top of the Filter Explorer there is an option to navigate up to the top level and to clear the applied filter.

 

Data Table

Select Features: Click on a table row to select the feature. The row of the selected feature will be shaded light pink. Click on further rows to add those features to the selection. Click on a selected row again to deselect the feature.

 

Sort Columns: Click will sort a column header to sort the table ascending/descending.

 

Legend Colors: By default there are small circles in front of the feature names shaded in the color of the class which the data value of this area is within in the legend. This helps to get a better visual impression of the data.

 

Table Footer: The table footer contains a 'Clear' button and a 'Filter' button. Both buttons become active once one or more features are selected. You may also see a notes icon with the name of the last selected feature next to it.

 

Clear Button: Click the 'Clear' button to clear the current selection.

 

Filter Button: The 'Filter' button allows you to create a filter out of the currently selected features. Once a filter is applied the filter button will show a red cross. Clicking on the button again will remove the filter.

 

Notes Icon: If a notes icon appears in the table footer after you have selected a feature, click the icon to link to external resources with further information about the feature. If the administrator has not set up a link, you will not see a notes icon.

 

Scroll: A vertical scroll bar will be available if data cannot be viewed within the table dimensions.

 

Map

Shading: Geographic features are shaded based on values in the data table according to the map legend.

 

Select Features: Click on a geographic feature in the map to select it. The border of the selected feature will be highlighted red. Click on further features to add them to the selection. Click on a selected feature again to deselect it. Clicking on the map background will clear the selection.

 

Tooltip: Hold your mouse pointer over a map feature to display a tooltip with the geographic region’s name, year, and BRFSS measure estimate.

 

Map Toolbar: The map toolbar appears once you hover with the mouse over the map. It contains buttons for zooming, a 'Clear' and a 'Filter' button. The latter two become active once one or more features are selected.

 

Zooming: Use the '+' and '-' buttons at the top of the map to zoom in and out. Alternatively you can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out of the map. Click the zoom full icon to zoom back to full extent.

 

Clear Button: Click the 'Clear' button to clear the current selection.

 

Filter Button: The 'Filter' button allows you to create a filter out of the currently selected features. Once a filter is applied the filter button will show a red cross. Clicking on the button again will remove the filter.

 

95% Confidence Interval Chart

Bars for BRFSS Measures: There is a bar representing each geographic category listed in the data table. The height of the bars is proportional to the percentage estimate listed in the data table. Bars are displayed in the order of the indicator values and the shading is linked to the legend (see Figure 3).

 

Select Features: Click a bar to select the corresponding geographic feature. A selected bar will be highlighted with a red border. Click on further bars to add them to the selection. Click on a selected bar again to deselect it. Clicking on the bar chart background will clear the selection.

 

Error Bars: The bar chart display error bars representing the lower and upper 95% confidence limits associated with percentage estimate values. These give an indication of whether the differences between indicator values are statistically significant.

 

Comparison Values: The bar chart can display values for comparison geographies as well as features in the base geography. Values for comparison geographies are shown using a horizontal line across the chart.

 

Tooltip: Hold your mouse pointer over a bar to display a tooltip with the geographic region name, percentage estimate, lower confidence interval, upper confidence interval, and the margin of error.

 

Figure 3. The 95% Confidence Interval Chart