Managing Projects in SimplyAnalytics

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Good afternoon, readers! This week we’re going to talk about project management in SimplyAnalytics and how to best take advantage of it.

Why are projects needed?

Many users  have multiple unique projects going on at the same time. For example, you could be doing: personal research, patron/student assistance, research for a presentation, etc. Projects help keep these unique activities separate from one another to avoid confusion.

What is stored in each project?

All of the locations, variables, business searches, favorites, views, etc. that you use are saved with the project – so each time you login, you can pick up right where you left off.

Getting Started:

The first recommendation we have is to rename your project. You can do this by selecting the “New Project” default title towards the top left of your screen.

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Editing the Map Legend

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Welcome to this week’s SimplyAnalytics blog post. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the options available to you when editing the map legend. Let’s get started!

First, to start editing your map legend click the Edit button located on the legend itself. Below we’ll discuss what each option does in more detail:

 

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Feature Spotlight: Custom Combination Location

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This week we’ll talk about one of our favorite features in SimplyAnalytics – the custom combination location. This feature is a simple and effective means to create custom geographies where you’re able to specify the exact makeup for. Let’s jump in.

Why would I want to use this feature?

Sometimes you may want to study a neighborhood in your city, or area that you know of that isn’t necessarily a formal geography itself. One of the common questions we get asked is, “How do I get data for “my neighborhood” or “downtown”?” and that’s a fair question – the problem is, “my neighborhood” or “downtown” is not a formal Census geography, but it’s probably a combination of a few CTs or ZIP Codes. That’s where the Custom Combination Location feature comes into play.

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Browsing & Searching for Businesses in SimplyAnalytics

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Welcome to our first ever SimplyAnalytics blog! Every Friday we’ll post a write up on a specific feature or highlight some interesting data in SimplyAnalytics. The goal of these posts is to make you more comfortable with the program and teach some interesting tips & tricks along the way.

Today we’ll take a look at the 3 methods of browsing and searching for businesses, and how to take advantage of each. Let’s get started!

 

To overlay businesses onto a map or create a Business report, first ensure you have the Businesses tab selected as shown here.

 

As noted above, there are three ways of adding businesses.

 

1. A general keyword search

2. Advanced search / query

3. Browse by NAICS/SIC codes

 

 

 

 

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Get ready for SimplyAnalytics at ALA Annual 2017 – June 23-26

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We can’t wait for ALA Annual this Summer, and the opportunity to share SimplyAnalytics with the ALA community.

Stop by the SimplyAnalytics booth (1339) and take a peak at what we’ve been up to. We’ve taken the best functionality from SimplyMap, our award-winning geographic analytics application, and combined it with 10 years of experience and customer feedback to create the best-in-class analytics and data visualization software for academic and public libraries. Don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes for your chance to win an iPad Air 2 –  we hope to see you there!

Exhibit hours:

Friday, June 23 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 24 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, June 25 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, June 26 9:00am – 2:00pm

 

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We are exhibiting at SLA June 18-20 [Booth 905]!

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We will be exhibiting at SLA in Phoenix, AZ on June 18th-20th. You can find the SimplyAnalytics team at Booth #905. Stop by and check out our groundbreaking new interface, have a chocolate and enter for a chance to win an iPad Air 2!

Info-Expo Hours

Sunday June 18:   12:00-3:30 PM and 5:30-7:00 PM
Monday June 19:   10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday June 20:   10:00 AM – 1:45 PM

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Texas Library Association – Find us at Booth 2029

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We look forward to attending the Texas Library Association Conference this week in San Antonio and visiting with the library community.

Stop by our new SimplyAnalytics booth (2029) and take a sneak peak at our latest release: SimplyAnalytics. We’ve taken the best functionality from SimplyMap, our award-winning geographic analytics application, and combined it with 10 years of experience and customer feedback to create the best-in-class analytics and data visualization application. Get a preview at the conference and an opportunity to enter a raffle for an iPad Air 2. We hope to see you there!

Exhibit hours:
Wednesday 4/19: 5:30-7:30
Thursday 4/20: 10:15-5:00
Friday 4/21: 9:00-4:00
Saturday 4/22: 9:00-12:00

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Visualizing Brand Preference: Athletic Shoes

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In previous blog entries, we highlighted the value of having a mapping application to complement premium data when analyzing America’s geographic preferences in credit cards, and mayonnaise brands. This week we’ll take a look at athletic shoe brand preference in the US for adults 18+.

Similar to the previous entries, we will use the SimmonsLOCAL data set to put these maps together. If your institution does not currently subscribe to the SimmonsLOCAL package, feel free to reach out to us about setting up a free 30-day trial. Let’s get started.

The maps below can each be generated in less than a minute! Open up the Variables panel, and find the variables in question at this path: SimmonsLOCAL » APPAREL » SHOES/ FOOTWEAR » SHOES/ FOOTWEAR – BRANDS.

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We’re exhibiting! Ontario Library Association – February 1-4 in Toronto. Booth #T8

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Stop by the Geographic Research booth [#T8] at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference to get a hands-on look at our latest and greatest SimplyMap offering. The conference will take place February 1-4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Drop by our booth, #T8, for a demonstration of SimplyMap Canada and to check out some exciting new things we have been working on.

We look forward to meeting you!

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See you at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta – January 20-23

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We will be exhibiting at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, Georgia in January. You can find the GRI team at Booth 1155, where we will be catching up with customers old and new, and sharing some exciting new product developments. Stop by and say hello!

Exhibition Schedule:
Friday January 20 – 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Saturday January 21 – 9:00 am5:00 pm
Sunday January 22 – 9:00 am5:00 pm
Monday January 23 – 9:00am2:00 pm

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