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Create CNN-style Map in Reporting Services


Create CNN-style Map in Reporting Services

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Peichung Shih
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Not had a chance to go through it properly but at first skim read that looks like a massively comprehensive article!
Thanks! w00t
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Really good article, thanks for putting this together...
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I have not worked on maps, but this article will get me started!

I have just gone through it once, and it is indeed quite thorough - must have taken a lot of time and effort to put this together. Thank-you for the research!

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I am not sure, but I supose these map tools are available only for USA.
could be great if it is available for Peru for example...

However this post is a great for me. congratulations
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Thanks.

Is it just me or is Michigan wrong, though?
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Question:
Does the database and SSRS have to be at R2 level or can the data be in SQL Server 2008 and then say a seperate instance of 2008 R2 running SSRS?
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Very complete article, but there seems to be a lot of re-inventing the wheel here. We already have GIS (Geographic Information System) software that does automatically (in the background) much of what had to be coded. The article also doesn't mention using GIS data already stored in SQL Server, i.e. in an SDE (Spatial Database Engine) geodatabase. While this is specific to ESRI, a very large chunk of GIS data in many organizations is stored that way.

Another concern is turning database people untrained in cartographic principles loose on mapmaking. I have seen extremely misleading maps made by very well-intentioned folks. A good book about this issue is "How to Lie with Maps" by Matk Monmonier. It is very easy for those untrained in spatial thinking to apply the wrong processes to solve a problem, resulting in totally wrong conclusions.

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Hi,

Thanks for your comment. The Great Lakes shorelines were not carved out in the 2008 census shapefile. In our production environment, we use ESRI state shapefile. With the same parameters discussed in the article, the map looks much better (see attached screenshot). Alternatively, you can use county shapefile (countyp020.tar.gz) from National Atlas and edit out the shorelines yourself. I highly recommend a free tool called fGIS to do the editing. I created a short video (also attached) to show how the editing can be easily done in fGIS. Thanks,

Peichung

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Thanks.

Is it just me or is Michigan wrong, though?

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Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don't have SQL Server 2008 in our environment to test this. However, I'd think it will work as long as your SSRS runs on R2. Please let us know if you find out otherwise. Thanks,

Peichung


Kevin Rathgeber (3/7/2011)
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Does the database and SSRS have to be at R2 level or can the data be in SQL Server 2008 and then say a seperate instance of 2008 R2 running SSRS?

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