MapVision: Frequently Asked Questions

What is MapVision?

MapVision is our web-based mapping tool designed to make displaying and presenting geographical data as simple and intuitive as possible. It offers a straight-forward, web-based interface that makes it easy to turn location data into real business-intelligence.

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Can you upload any additional open source layers from national data sets if required?

Yes - you can upload any data based on existing geographies - i.e if you had catchments or data based on Local Authorities these can be imported as a layer. If your geography isn't in MapVision you can let us know and we may be able to upload it as a layer for you.

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Can MapVision map locations outside of the UK?

MapVision is designed for UK mapping projects. It includes a selection of Ordnance Survey and Collins Bartholomew maps/rasters covering the whole UK including Northern Ireland. Please get in touch if you have a requirement for projects in other countries.

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What is a catchment?

In data mapping, a catchment is the area which forms the audience or responsibility of an account manager or store. Also known as a “territory” when used by sales teams or regional outlets to define the area which they serve or could reasonably expect customers to travel from. In MapVision, a catchment is made up of building blocks called tiles, for example postcode sectors or local authorities.

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Do maps comes with a copyright notice on them?

Yes - all maps have a small copyright notice on them.

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How much is a MapVision subscription?

Prices start from £150. To see the full list of price options, register for free on https://mapvision.co.uk, then go to the shop in the accounts section.

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Is the cost inclusive of downloads to print?

Any subscription includes unlimited downloads at up to A3 size, and up 300 DPI resolution.

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Are there any other additional costs to MapVision?

There are no other costs unless any bespoke development has been requested, which would be quoted for and agreed by both parties.

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How long will my data be available after my subscription ends?

Even when you stop paying for your MapVision subscription, your data will be held in the system for 12 months. In that time you can review your projects as read-only maps or simply renew your subscription to make changes, create new projects, and reset the data storage clock.

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What are the basic layers available?

We offer Ordnance Survey (OS) background maps as well as geographical layers.
Currently available for all users are:
Output Area 2011, Sectors, Districts, Areas, County, Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authority, Government Office Regions, ISBA Region, European Electoral Regions, Local Education Authority, Police Authority, Fire Authority, Ambulance Service, CCG 2018, Ward 2011, Local Authority 2011, LSOA 2011, Parliamentary Constituency 2017.

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Can I link MapVision to a file so the map auto-updates when I update the file?

Yes - this is one of the latest bespoke features we’ve been developing and testing. MapVision has the capability to link to a local file, so when you update this, the map will be updated with any added or removed points. Please contact us to discuss this feature.

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What is the data source for MapVision's territory demographics?

The counts for population and households are taken from our own geodemographic data product P2 People and Places.

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What is the drive time tool?

The drive-time tool is used for driving from a location in all directions for a set time or distance to create catchments. This is available for subscribed users for up to 120 minutes due to loading times, however we may be able to raise this at request but it may affect the speed of the service.

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Can I export data from MapVision?

Yes - once you have completed analysis, including showing postal sectors reachable in drivetimes, you can export this data as a .csv file.

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What types of files can I import into MapVision?

You can import CSV (Comma separated text files), MS Excel or KML files into MapVision, which will geocode and plot the data onto a map for you.

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Can you invoice separately as an alternative to online payment?

Yes - please contact us to arrange this.

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Can my company logo be included on the platform?

This is possible, although we would need to quote for this service. Contact us for details.

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Do I need to regularly change my MapVision password?

We recommend that you change your MapVision password regularly, but the system will not prompt you to do so. Passwords must be at least 6 characters long but the longer the password is, the more secure your data will be.

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What is a point set?

A point, point set, or pin map is a way of illustrating fixed points, such as stores or territory managers, on a map. In MapVision, any location reference can be used to create a point map, including: full or part UK postcodes, Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference or coordinates, latitude and longitude data, or centralised points calculated from administrative geography. Data points can be styled differently and accompanied by labels or a key to demonstrate multiple data attributes.

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What is a polygon?

A Greek term meaning “many sides”. In a mapping context, it is a series of points that form a shape and define an area. This can be anything from an abstract shape defining a data boundary, a postcode sector, or even the outline of a county.

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In what format can prints be produced?

Images are exported as PNG files at up to A3 size either at 72 or 300 DPI.

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How do I share projects and data?

Projects can be shared in two ways:

  1. Via the URL makes a project accessible to anyone with the link.
  2. Via a MapVision account: The project is emailed to a user, who must log in to their MapVision account to view.They do not need to be a subscriber, but must have a verified password protected account.

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Will my MapVision subscription auto renew?

No, when your MapVision subscription expires, it will not auto-renew. This means that you will not receive unexpected costs but can subscribe as and when you need the system for mapping projects. Your data will remain safe and you can re-subscribe again up to 12 months later and pick up your subscription where you left off.

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What support or training is offered?

We have live web chat during office hours. There’s a tutorial covering most tasks within the platform and we can support via telephone and remote desktop if required.

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What happens when my subscription lapses?

Once your subscription to MapVision run out, your existing projects will remain accessible via the sharing links you created for a period of 12 months. However, you will be unable to create, import, or share new projects and will lose access to the full data library. If you extend your subscription at any point in the future, existing projects will become fully editable again.

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What if I need additional data not included in MapVision?

MapVision comes complete with a selection of commonly used free or open source data. If you require additional data for a specific project please get in touch and we will try and make them available or provide a quote for doing so.

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