No Map

No Map

What Problem Does This Solve?

Task doesn’t require a map but still utilizes the full power of GIS.

Why Use This Pattern?

A map is a UI element that is difficult to learn and navigate and requires screen real estate that could be utilized otherwise. Sometimes it is possible to gather and analyze spatial information without the need to display it on and interact with a map. The core value lies in the structured output of the data as seen in dashboards. This works extremely well when the analysis to be performed is known and discrete, and the geographical area is static.

When to Use This Pattern

Location based intelligence is common and valuable and can often be represented without a map like in a dashboard that reports performance indicators for a specific geography. Use No Map when displaying a map doesn’t add value or is distracting to the task or when the spatial analysis can be performed more easily without interacting with a map itself.

What’s the Solution?

Design your application without taking up space on the screen for a map but rather display key performance indicators or other spatially derived information in the form of a dashboard.

Special Considerations

The decision to present the user with a map-less interface doesn’t prevent builders to use a map in a separate section of the app. Provide a hyperlink to toggle to a page with a map that allows the user to change input parameters or interrogate spatial information.

Examples

No Map
Community Maps uses Reviewer Server extension to check and report the quality of the uploaded data; links to “View details” and “Review now” take the user to pages with maps.

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