Oracle releases Spatial Studio 21.2 with visualisation and geocoding improvements
By Carol Palmer, Oracle
Spatial Studio 21.2 has been released. Enhancements include hexagonal visualisation, reverse geocoding, creation of custom regions from map layers, coloured map symbol support, and vector tile basemap support. The Active Project tab has also been brought back in the latest update.
Hexagons are a popular, useful way to view data in thematic maps, useful for identifying patterns or clusters in large amounts of point data. Spatial Studio includes a new aggregation feature based on H3 (Hexagonal Hierarchical Spatial Index) that makes it easy for users to summarise their data on a map. Hexagonal cells are colour coded based on the number of data points they hold, which enable the users to easily understand patterns in their data.
Reverse geocoding allows you to convert a location based on geographic coordinates (longitude/latitude) to an address. Spatial Studio uses Oracle Maps Cloud Service to enrich datasets with addresses from these geographic coordinates, including house number, street name, city, state, postal code, etc.
Users can now also create custom regions based on polygon map layers, which can be defined using selection tools. Multiple neighbouring polygons can be combined, and the resulting shape is then inserted into another dataset. A common use case is where we are adding sales regions to a sales territory dataset.
You can change the background style by using the new vector tile basemaps that are hosted on Oracle Maps Cloud Service. There are three new vector tile basemaps to choose from: MapTiler Bright, MapTiler Dark Matter, and MapTiler Positron.