Note: this post is the 2nd of a 3 part series explaining our Clinical Collections tool and helping users learn more about the facility this provides. Please find Guided Walkthrough:Faceted search here.
We, as a society, love graphs, photos and infographics. In essence, we love seeing data represented in a visual manner. Also, in the last 5 or so years, we’ve been an online public which absolutely loves maps.
Think about it – if you’re looking for real estate online, the best way to find your perfect next home is by looking at the homes for sale in a map area where you can click on each home and see the streets surrounding it.
In this spirit, we’re proud to have a really cool map view feature in our Clinical Collections Tool.
To find the map view, let’s continue our Tuberculosis use case from our faceted search walk-through. In this case, I’m searching for trials regarding tuberculosis. To see map view, simply select Map from the list of options at top of the search screen:
You can then pull up the map view, showing all the tuberculosis search returns overlaid on to a map.
The map layer we use is Google Maps, so you can do all the things you’d imagine on a Google map, including panning, scrolling, zooming in and out, and switching to a satellite view if you wish to.
Also, using the faceted search queries on the left will narrow down the quantity of bubbles that represent trials on the map. Just as searching for real estate on Zillow, you can apply filters to narrow down the searches to those you wish to see — all the time being visible on a useful map view.
As you can see it’s really powerful to combine filtering with map view to let you see where the exact studies your interested in take place on the globe. Our aim is to give researchers the tools they need to find the information that’s pertinent to the task at hand.
We hope map view serves you well – give it a try, and if you have any questions or comments please get in touch by leaving a comment below!