How to Make Multi-Jurisdictional Data Compelling
Maps are a great way to tell stories and illustrate differences between jurisdictional laws. However, there are many user experience challenges when sharing this type of data thus limiting the usefulness of the map and frustrating clients. For example, the Wikipedia page on the Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction. This wiki page provides a good case study for the challenges of publishing map data and why Map Engine, and its customer-focused delivery, can help avoid these pitfalls.
The wiki cannabis page is dominated by a large data table that covers four different aspects of each state's Cannabis law and provides detailed state-specific historical notes and links to further information. In the corner of the page, sits a single non-interactive map. This image has too much information to tell a clear story and simultaneously fails to illustrate the majority of the data in the table that it references. Instead, the map conflates two aspects of the law (Medical and Recreational Use), while completely ignoring the other two items addressed in the table (Transportation and Cultivation). And since the map is static, it forces users to jump back to the top of the page to reference the map and then search the table below for the related data.
Similarly to this wiki case study, many published '50 State Survey' reports and websites offer the same limited static experience.
With Map Engine you can quickly and easily turn your custom data set into a beautiful map (or four, or ten!) to answer your clients' specific questions and to help them navigate and interpret all of your data.
We have taken the same Wikipedia data table from above and created four separate Map Engine maps below. Each map is driven by data contained in a single spreadsheet. Updating the maps is as simple as downloading the spreadsheet, making changes where necessary, and re-uploading the spreadsheet.
What to look for:
- Each map tells a specific story about an aspect of state Cannabis law. (Medical Use, Recreational Use, Transportation, Cultivation.)
- Hovering over a state provides additional information about that particular story where it is relevant. (See Medical Use/Kansas).
- Clicking on a state shows detailed information from all of the maps (right panel), making it easy to compare across all four maps.
- Links in the detail section allow the user to click through to other pages or get more information when they need to go deeper.
(See Arizona/Proposition Links or Any State/More info).
The Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction via Map Engine
These buttons will take you directly to the maps in this same window, click back on your browser to return to this page.
Revisit this page from a desktop browser to see the embedded maps.
This interactive mapping structure allows your clients easy and direct access to all of the data you are delivering in a single frame, at exactly the level of detail they need. Clients will no longer be forced to wade through rows of irrelevant data, or to decipher complex, inscrutable maps to find the specific information they're looking for.
- A High Level Story (at a glance)
- Relevant Specifics (on hover)
- Other Related Details (on click via right panel)
- A Deeper Dive (through links to other resources)
Map Engine makes it easy to share your multi-jurisdictional data with clients in a format that is intuitive and easy to understand.