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grasshopper

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Just wanted to share a light-hearted dashboard I created for the holidays (this is a new/updated version from the one I created a while back)...

http://blogs.sas.com/content/sastraining/2012/12/17/santas-information-dashboard/

Here's a static png snapshot for those of you that don't want to follow the link to the real thing:




The version in the link is somewhat "interactive" (letting you select different continents, etc).

And I hope to show Santa's progress as he makes his way around the globe Christmas Eve!
... Which will be done by showing a new 'snapshot' every 30 minutes of the 24 hours as Christmas Eve makes its way around the globe.  Hopefully, about the time "midnight" hits each time zone, I will be showing the version of the dashboard where Santa is has visited all countries up to that time zone. (With a separate dashboard for each of the 6 continents, times 48 time snapshots, that's about 300 dashboards!) :)
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Cute! There just might be a place for this in my dashboard design course.
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That would be great Stephen! - I would feel honored!

Tim2

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Should he not head to Hawaii at the end?
grasshopper

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The software I'm using only connects points in an efficient order, with a minimum of crossing-paths ... it leaves it to the user to determine where to start/end.  Also, I had to "bluff" it a little, because it calculates the path strictly based on the distance between cities, and when you're dealing with the entire globe (where the last city would tend to "wrap around" back to the first one) and you want to do things in time-zone order (east-to-west) rather than stricktly closest-city, that makes things a little tricky.

And, of course, it *is* just a Santa Claus example! :)   
Tim2

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I really enjoyed it by the way.

Seeing as its a raster graphic, did you have to put all the area html tags in by yourself? Or was that done through some SAS magic?
grasshopper

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SAS takes care of the html tag areas for me! 

All I have to do is (programmatically) create a string variable in my data that contains the mouse-over and/or drilldown stuff (in the form of html 'title=' and 'href=' tags).  Then, as SAS is constructing the graphical output (png file), it keeps track of all the geometry (which it calls the "image map") and also creates an html file with those hotspots defined & the html tags associated with them. 

It would be a heinous task to do that by hand! :)

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Just checking.
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