Maps and diagrams offer an intuitive and compelling way to organize information. Maps of countries, diagrams of city transit systems, floor plans of buildings, schematics of electrical systems and more convey large amounts of information effectively and in context.
Often, a whole map or diagram provides far more information than we want or need. And the categories of information on the map may not suit our needs. To benefit from situational intelligence, you want to perform analysis in real-time according to spatial and network relationships, not preset and arbitrary designations.
For instance, in working with a GIS system, you may need to compile demographic information for a neighborhood, only to find that the map is organized instead by postal codes.
The ability to select arbitrary polygons of area on a map or diagram lets you filter and analyze only the data that interests you. This ability, often called lassoing or rubberbanding, gives you an easy way to convert big data to little data by screening out data that’s unnecessary for your analysis.
Lassos can be quite sophisticated. For instance, a situational intelligence solution may let you create multiple lassos and then perform analysis on the data represented in the areas either included in or excluded by the lassos. You could also do the same with the intersection of multiple lassos. Saving lassos and sharing them with colleagues speeds up analysis and collaboration.
Don’t be limited by the built-in categories in maps and diagrams. Lasso your own insight.