Create a geographic location map

The Geographic location map displays items on a map based on their coordinates.

  1. When to use a geographic location map?
  2. Create a geographic location map
  3. Configure the location map
  4. Example

When to use a geographic location map?

The location map is useful to  locate items based on their coordinates. It creates a map with dots based on the latitude/longitude of each item.

Dots can be colored based on another field (category/dropdown field).

The displayed items need to have the Latitude/Longitude (coordinates) field in order to view this type of map. 

If you do not have a "coordinates" field for projects or activities, please note that this can be edited via the "settings" section of LogAlto.

You can also add "coordinates" fields to forms created using the Custom Forms module.

Create a geographic location map

To create a location map:

  • Click "Analytics" in the main menu (left)
  • Click the + sign
  • To create the new analytics report, you must:
    • Enter a name
    • Select a dataset
    • Select an output type (in this case: Geographic Location map)
    • Click Save
  • A draft data visualization will be displayed
  • Configure your report:
    • Click the "Toolbox icon" to open the configuration panel
    • Configure the chart to fit your needs
    • Click "Generate" see the result
  • Click "Save" to save the report
  • If you open this analytics report in the future, it will be updated to reflect newly added data. So if you need to keep the report that reflects the current data, you must export it.

Configure the geographic location map

In the configuration panel of the location map, you will see the following parameters:

Parameter Details Example or Link
Coloring What field is used for coloring the dots. Example: you could color activities based on activity types.
Distinct value-Column Allows to count items only once and avoid duplicates. Example: a participant could have attended multiple activities of the same type. If you need to count participations only once per attendee/type, then you need to select the Attendee field as a distinct value.

For more details, you can read the "Distinct count" article.
Fields to display Field to display in the tooltip (displayed when we hover with the mouse pointer) in addition to the field used for coloring. For instance, if the dots are activities, we could display the activity's description in the tooltip.
Filters Allows to filter out part of the dataset. This is optional.


In this example, we want to display the location of activities on a map.

This example uses the "Activities list" dataset.

Parameter Chosen option for the parameter
Coloring Activity type
Distinct value-Column Not applicable.
Field to display  Description (of activities)
Filters Project = the project for which we want to see the activities.