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Map chart

Build a map card to display geographical data.

This is useful to help your audience visualize differences between markets, and highlight key values in each one.

A map chart of the world, with conditional formatting highlighting countries according to population density

A map chart provides a visualization of a geographic region, which contains data from the underlying source data. It also provides the ability to highlight subdivisions of that geographic region through conditional formatting. This is particularly useful to highlight differences between your markets or regions, and help devise strategies for them.

Maps are unique in Anaplan. They're built like a chart but used directly as a card. For page building purposes it's treated as a chart, and described here. For the use of map cards, please see Use a map card.

Anaplan provides these administrative subdivision lists:

  • World countries
  • Australian states and territories
  • Canadian provinces and territories
  • European countries
  • French départements (mainland France, only)
  • German länder
  • Japanese prefectures
  • New Zealand regions
  • Russian federal districts
  • UK counties, boroughs, and towns
  • USA states

Note: Map charts require that you carry out a number of steps, described below, before being able to fully use the feature.

To learn how to add a map chart to a board or worksheet, see Add cards to a board and Add cards to a worksheet.

A map card on the left shows color-coded regions, according to data contained to the grid card on the right

Download map card regions and codes

Before you can build a map chart, you must obtain a list of regions/sub-regions to which you'll map your data, providing the basis for generating map charts.

In Anaplan, you can Download Map Chart Regions and Codes for use with map charts, as *.CSV files. This downloads a *.ZIP file that contains multiple *.CSV files to your browser's Downloads location. The *.CSV contains the standard subdivisions and their respective codes for the region you require.

Import map data

Once you've downloaded the map regions and codes, you need to create a list. This list corresponds to the regions that you want to base your map chart on. Then, import the *.CSV file that contains the relevant region codes.

  1. Once you've downloaded the map regions and codes, create appropriate lists and import the relevant *.CSV file
  2. Create a module using your regions list
  3. Pivot the grid to place regions on rows and line items on columns

What can I use map charts for?

A common use of map charts is to comprehensively visualize and compare data across regions, which typically lead to strategic decisions.

Map charts have unique configuration options available in the right-hand configuration panel, under the Map tab. These options include:

  • the Data section contains a Region dropdown where you define which map to display. This region must match the map in the source data
  • the Data section also contains a Show only matched items toggle. Toggle right to remove subdivisions that do not match your source data. This helps to single out relevant regions for which data exists.
A map of Germany with conditional formatting applied to states that are matched in the source view
  • the Series section allows you to toggle conditional formatting, based on conditional formatting in the source data's first column. To accomplish this, go to View designer, select the custom view for the source data, and follow the process described in Conditional Formatting
A custom view displays conditional formatting for German state-related data
  • the Labels section allows you to toggle data labels and tooltips for your chart

Use a map chart to answer:

  • How is a certain market progressing
  • Highlight key performance indicators for each individual region or subregion in your map
  • Easily identify underperforming or overperforming markets

To learn about other types of chart, see Chart types in detail on the Charts page.