Altair® Panopticon


Map Plot

Use Map Plots to display geographic data, where you have longitudes and latitudes associated with individual data points. These plots clearly show data correlations and clustering that is geographic in nature.

In a Map Plot, the visualization expects Latitude and Longitude measures to be associated.  It will then retrieve from the selected map tile provider the appropriate background map to display under the data points.  This background map is constructed by retrieving individual map tiles at set zoom levels.

As the background map is provided automatically, it relies on:

  • A range of supplied longitudes & latitudes to provide a bounding area.

  • An active Internet connection to retrieve the map tile images.

Panopticon Designer (Desktop) ships with a number of cross reference datasets to determine the appropriate latitude/longitude for datasets.  These have been provided through subsets of the data available at  ( )

More detailed geo-coding data is available from this website, and many others.

Zooming into the map will cause, new map tiles to be retrieved, and a new background map image behind the data points to be displayed.

For example increasingly zooming into Northern Europe would produce:


Figure 1. Map Plot of each country globally.


Figure 2. Map Plot of Europe.


Figure 3. Map Plot of the Netherlands, Belgium, and surrounding countries.


Figure 4. Map Plot of Antwerp and the surrounding area.