In a previous blog post, we wrote about the benefits of adding custom POIs to maps, in order to provide more context to geospatial data.

Overlays are another useful tool when analysing geospatial data, as they allow you to visualise an area of interest in relation to security incidents or other data points and POIs.

Overlays help to show areas of interest that might not be clear on a standard map. These might be political boundaries, such as provincial borders, ethnic boundaries, or something more localised, like an area that is out of bounds for travellers. Overlays can also make it easier to visualise and analyse incidents of interest along a specific boundary or border.

The image below shows an overlay of Kurdish borders and the region’s blocks, alongside incident data. This makes it easier to see which incidents have occurred along the border, within the KRG and within specific blocks.

KRG overlay 1st Jan 2014 to 1st Jan 2015

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