Ecanvasser allows you to visualize the data of your individual Houses, or aggregated Group data via our Map page, or in tables and graphs on our Results page. Sometimes though, you might want to represent other external data side-by-side within Ecanvasser, and here we've got you covered too!
Why you might use shapefiles
- Display political boundaries on your map as a reference
- Use as a template for cutting your turf
- Overlay our map with additional data (think previous election results, or maybe target areas)
In the example below, we've colour coded different political units within the city based on what priority they are for our campaign to engage with:
Files must be:
- Either KML or KMZ format
- Contain a maximum of 1,000 polygons
- A maximum file size of 3MB
- Be styled prior to import
Styling Advice: When styling your file, you'll want to consider what the purpose of the file is. For example, most of the time, it's likely that the uploaded file is intended to compliment or augment the data already within Ecanvasser, so you'll want to choose a scheme that makes it visible and accessible, but not too overbearing. We recommend:
- High transparency
- Strong border
- Pale colour palette
File Format: KMZ files are zipped (or compressed) versions of KML files. As such, if you have a KML file that is larger than 3MB, you can reduce it in size greatly by converting it to a KMZ - you can often reduce the total file size by a factor of 3-10, depending on the file. It's a straightforward process, and you learn how to do this here.
From the Map page:
- Click your Map View Options
- Select to Upload KML
3. Select which, if any KML you wish to display on screen You'll only be able to display one at a time.
Removing a File
Once uploaded, these files are stored in your Documents page, and can be removed from here too, should you wish.