Custom maps / GIS
Yes, that is possible. There are two kinds of 'custom' maps that can be inserted into StatPlanet - Flash Maps and Shapefile Maps. Shapefile maps are readily available maps which normally do not require (much) modification. However, it is possible to make changes to these maps using GIS software. It is also possible to combine several shapefile maps into one.
Yes, StatPlanet Lite and StatPlanet Plus have support for loading GIS / ESRI shapefiles. You would need to use the 'Shapefile_Map' version included with both StatPlanet Lite and StatPlanet Plus. For more details on loading a map into StatPlanet, please see the Quick Start Developer Guide. See also: finding free shapefile maps.
Please see the free shapefile map downloads page to find shapefile maps which can be used in StatPlanet Plus (Shapefile edition). It includes a list of country maps available for download, as well as links to websites where shapefiles can be freely downloaded. Please note that StatSilk currently does not provide any maps other than the USA state and world map (include with StatPlanet), and some country maps which are downloadable via the above link.
See also: merging map areas to create a region
Cities, countries, regional aggregations, etc. can be added to StatPlanet Plus in the form of "map points". Map points will not just appear in the map, but also in the graphs and in the map area Selection panel.
Map points can be put into place either through a drag-and-drop interface, or plotted automatically. If the points are in shapefile map format, please see also: converting points to polygons to create an interactive point map. The procedure for adding points through drag-and-drop is described below:
- Open the StatPlanet Data Editor and in the worksheet "Import" go all the way to the last country or map region at the end of row 2.
- Insert the name(s) of your map point(s) in this row and press the button Save data. Data can be added in this column in the same way as with any other map area. You will need to add some data for this map point in order for it to appear in the map. (Note: once you have pressed Save data, the map point name should also have been added in the worksheet “Data”. If you cannot see the map point in StatPlanet, please check the worksheet “Data” to confirm it has also been added here).
- When you next open StatPlanet, one or more map points (in the form of a circle) will appear in the top left corner of the map, representing each of the new map areas added. Right click anywhere inside StatPlanet and in the popup select ‘Move text labels or map points’. Click on the map point and then click anywhere on the screen to move it to this new location. Similarly, the text label for a map point can be dragged and dropped to a new location.
- To copy the map point coordinates, right click again and select ‘copy map point coordinates’.
- Open the StatPlanet Data Editor and go the sheet ‘Settings’. Scroll down to ‘Special options’ and next to M-DOT-COORD paste the coordinates you just copied. In this section you can also set the size of the circle representing the map point. Click on Save Settings to save.
- In the sheet 'Import', replace the names of any map areas you wish to merge with the name of the merged region (in row 2). For example, to create the Benelux region in the 'World Map' edition, rename the countries Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg to Benelux.
- Only one column should have data (otherwise the merged region will appear more than once in the Selection panel). For example, if creating the Benelux region, remove any data in the columns for the three countries, and insert Benelux data in just one of the columns (it can be any of the newly renamed Benelux columns).
- Download the free pdf-creator software. It is recommended that you download version 0.9.3 (not the latest as it potentially installs toolbars unasked). Once this is installed, it should appear as a printer. Please note: StatSilk has no affiliation with pdf-creator so please install at your own risk.
- Open the desktop version of StatPlanet (StatPlanet.exe). You should see a file menu in the top of the window (if you are in full-screen mode, press the ESC keyboard button).
- PDFCreator exports the entire StatPlanet display. You can use the 'view' (eye) icon in the bottom-left corner to hide any panels you do not wish to export. The map legend can be dragged and dropped to the required position prior to export if necessary.
- Select File -> Print, and as the printer select "PDFCreator". Then select 'preferences' and for the orientation choose 'landscape'. After clicking on 'print', the PDF will be generated and can be saved onto your PC.
When opening the PDF file, you will notice you can zoom in to your map without loss of quality. Since PDFCreator by default prints to a standard A4 size page, you may need to either change the zoom level of the map or change the paper/output setting in order to ensure if fits on the page. The print paper/output setting is typically found under the 'advanced' options in the 'preferences' screen. You may also need to experiment with moving around the map or using the 'portrait' orientation to get the exact view you want in the exported PDF page.
The map can further be edited using software such as Adobe Illustrator or the free and open source Inkscape software.
StatPlanet and StatPlanet Plus come with embedded versions of a world map (country boundaries) and a USA map (state boundaries). You can also download many country maps which have been set up to run through StatPlanet. However, besides these world and country maps, StatSilk does not provide any other maps. If you are looking for a particular map, please see this page for downloading free shapefile maps, which includes a list of recommended websites for finding shapefile maps (please note that StatPlanet Plus is required if you wish to use these to create interactive maps). A Google search for a particular map which includes the keywords 'shapefile map' or 'shp' (the filename extension) may also help you find what you are looking for.
The data comes from many different sources, which are listed here.
Yes, you can create and publish interactive maps using your own data by downloading StatPlanet.
StatPlanet Plus will soon provide support for XML - see for example StatPlanet World Bank. For large amounts of data, CSV is often the better choice because the file sizes are much smaller. For a given data set, XML files are often between 5 and 15 times larger than the equivalent amount of data stored as a CSV file. For small data files (e.g. 20 kb) this is not a big issue, but for larger files (e.g. 1000 kb), the difference in download time could be minutes rather than seconds. StatPlanet has support for ZIP compression, which can significantly reduce the size of both XML and CSV files - often making the difference between them negligible. However, this is only an option if XML is delivered as a file and not 'live' from a database.
Data stored in the XML format is much larger because each data element needs to be described or 'tagged'. This requires many characters - often more characters than the data element itself. For example, each data element may be described as follows (in this example, assigning the value of 21.5 to a specific indicator, country and year):
In a CSV file, the country, indicator and year only need to be indicated once for a set of data elements. The data elements themselves are seperated with a comma.
Yes you can change the name of the data file. An example is included in the folder 'web' - file 'StatPlanet_options.html'. The name of the settings file can also be changed. The example code in 'StatPlanet.html' is as follows:
flashvars.data = "data.csv"; flashvars.settings = "settings.csv";
Any format readable by Excel can be imported, such as XLS, XLSX, CSV, TXT and HTML. The import macro will automatically recognize the structure of your data file and switch columns to rows or vice versa if necessary.
StatPlanet can be used to automatically import country-based data from a wide variety of data sources. The data editor can recognizes commonly used spellings of country names. You can also easily add new spellings to the list of recognized country names in the data editor.
StatTrends can be used to automatically import any kind of data. Once you have added your data headers / variables in the data editor, it can automatically import data by looking for these headers / variables in the data file.
StatPlanet and StatTrends support any kind of date or time format. However, the import macro currently only recognizes years (e.g. in the format "2010", "2011" etc.). To import data which uses a different date or time-based format such as months, data needs to be imported one date-unit at a time, or through the following workaround (which is more efficient):
As of StatPlanet Plus v 3.21, data is imported from all Excel sheets in the selected file. Each sheet is imported as a separate category, and the sheet name becomes the category name. Therefore, the best way to organize your data file would be to split the sheets according to the categories you would like to create within StatPlanet/StatTrends. Each sheet (category) can have multiple indicators and time periods. Please download the example spreadsheet for an example (with country-level data).
In order to disable importing all sheets, go to the sheet 'Import names' and set 'Import all sheets' to FALSE. When set to FALSE, it only imports the currently selected sheet when the file is opened.
If you have a map with more than 256 regions or districts, you need more than 256 columns of data. This is possible with Excel 2007 or later when the column limit was increased to over 16000 columns.
An Excel 2007 version of the StatPlanet Data Editor comes included with StatPlanet Plus.
You can also edit the data.csv file directly in Excel 2007.
Below are instructions for converting an existing StatPlanet Data Editor to the Excel 2007 format (an Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook or .xlsm file):
- Create a new document and go to File -> Save as, and type in the name StatPlanet_data_editor. For 'Save as type' select 'Macro-Enabled Workbook (.xlsm)', and click on Save. (Note: you need to save it in the same directory as the old Data Editor.
Copy and paste the sheets from the original Data Editor to your new one:
- Go the original Data Editor.
- Right-click on the sheet name (in the bottom left of the Excel workbook), and select 'Move or Copy'.
- For 'To book:' select the new Data Editor workbook (note: it should be open in Excel).
- Check the box 'Create a copy' and click on OK.
- Repeat this for all the sheets.
You will also need to copy the Visual Basic code:
- If you have no 'Developer' tab (the right-most tab), click on the round Windows button in the top-left corner, and select 'Excel Options'. Then check the box 'Show Developer tab in the Ribbon' (it is in the 'Popular' section), and click on OK.
- Click on the Developer tab, and then click on the left-most button 'Visual Basic'.
- Insert a new Module and UserForm in the new Data Editor (Right click on 'VBAProject StatPlanet_data_editor' shown on the left, and select Insert).
- Copy and paste the contents from the old Module and UserForm (called ProgressBar) into the new one.
Finally, you need to change one line of code in the Visual Basic code in Module1:
newFilename = Application.Substitute(newFilename, "xls", "csv")
needs to be changed to:
newFilename = Application.Substitute(newFilename, "xlsm", "csv")
(this is because the filename changed from ".xls" to ".xlsm").
StatPlanet and StatTrends do not support the 'percentage' format in Excel. Therefore, to display percentages, you would need to save numbers in the regular number format rather than the Excel percentage format. An easy way to convert a number formatted as percentage to a regular number in the StatPlanet Data Editor is as follows:
- Select the numbers you wish to convert.
- Right-click and select 'Format Cells'.
- Select the 'General' format or alternatively the 'Number' format and click OK (the display of numbers will change from e.g. 1% to 0.01).
- In an empty cell, insert the number '100'. Then copy this cell.
- Select the numbers you wish to convert and click on 'Paste Special'. Then select 'Multiply'. This will multiply all the numbers by 100.
- Remove the cell with the number '100'.
- For the indicator(s) which display percentages, go to the 'UNIT' column and insert the symbol: %
Installation / system requirements
User hardware / software requirements
StatSilk software requires no installation. Moreover, no additional software is needed to run the offline version, but the online version requires the Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above). Flash Player is already installed on about 99 percent of Internet-enabled computers. To add your own data, Microsoft Excel is required for automatic importing of data, but any spreadsheet software can be used to add data manually.
A modern PC is not required to run StatPlanet or StatTrends, and it also runs on many Android-based mobiles and smartphones. For a Windows PC, the minimum requirement is an Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz processor with 128 MB of RAM. The web-based version of StatPlanet requires the Adobe Flash Player (version 9) to run, which supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms. The offline version of StatPlanet is currently only available for Windows.
StatPlanet and StatTrends also run on most recent Android-based mobile phones and tablets. See also the section below for more information on running it on an iPad or iPhone.
You can also use the Adobe Flash Player system requirements as a guideline.
Server hardware / software requirements
There are no specific server requirements to run StatSilk software. However, PHP or ASP support is required to be able to export maps, graphs and data (a feature in StatPlanet Plus and StatTrends Plus). StatPlanet and StatTrends are very lightweight - only 300-500 kb. A dedicated server is generally not required for normal usage (< 5000 visitors/users a day). See also: publishing StatPlanet / StatTrends online.
A Mac version is available for download for StatPlanet Plus. Data can be imported using Excel for Mac. However, not all versions of Excel for Mac have support for macros which are required to automatically import data. Macros are supported in Excel 2004 for Mac and again since Excel 2011. If macros are not supported, data can still be inserted manually as described in the Developer's Guide. Please note that the data.csv file needs to be saved as a "Windows Comma Separated (.csv)". Feel free to download and try out StatPlanet Plus for Mac, which has a free desktop version for non-commercial use or for testing purposes.
A third-party app is currently required to run StatSilk software on iOS devices. However, several apps for iPads and iPhones are under development (please see below for details). An HTML5 version of StatPlanet and StatTrends is also under development which will run in web browsers on mobile devices.
For now, there are several third-party apps which can be used to run StatSilk software on iOS devices. Please note that we do not endorse any particular app, so please purchase/install the app at your own risk. StatSilk has been tested - and successfully run - using both the free Puffin Web Browser and the non-free Photon Flash Player for iPad and iPhone.
If you require an app to run your StatPlanet maps on tablets or phones, please contact us for examples and to request a quote. It can incorporate your own branding and be designed according to your requirements.
A generic StatPlanet app is expected for released in 2015. It will be free for users, but requires an annual license fee for organizations which would like to enable their existing web-based StatPlanet or StatTrends application to become available through the app. The app itself initially consists of nothing but a blank screen requesting a log-in code. The code can be freely chosen (subject to availability), and may for example be the name of the organization or project. Once a user enters the code, the app will download the required files and it will display the StatPlanet or StatTrends with the corresponding data, settings and map. An advantage of the app over the web-browser and desktop versions is that it stores the files on the device and looks for updates when Internet connectivity is available. It can therefore also be used offline, such as when travelling. The app can detect when the data or settings have been updated, so it only downloads the files if they are newer than the version on the device.
A StatWorld app will also become available as a free download through the AppStore.
Yes, Microsoft has integrated Adobe's Flash Player natively into Internet Explorer 10 (StatPlanet/StatTrends are Flash-based). Previously, for the 'metro-style' version of Internet Explorer, websites running Flash-based applications needed to be approved and whitelisted by Microsoft. However, this is now no longer the case - please see the Microsoft news release for more details. Therefore, StatSilk software will run on any website in both the traditional desktop and metro editions of Internet Explorer 10, except if the website is 'blacklisted' by Microsoft.
- Make a copy of your original StatPlanet Data Editor (i.e. edit->copy, edit->paste in the same folder to get the filename 'StatPlanet Data Editor copy').
- Download the latest version of the software and extract the files onto your computer.
- Go to the folder matching the version you are updating (i.e. if you are updating StatPlanet USA, open the USA folder). Open the StatPlanet Data Editor, and select the sheet 'Tools' in the bottom-right corner.
- Ensure that macros are enabled and click the button 'Copy data & settings into this file'.
- Select the file 'StatPlanet Data Editor copy' (from which you wish to copy over the data and/or settings) and follow the on-screen instructions.
StatPlanet and StatTrends are particularly suitable for use during presentations. Although you could of course give the entire presentation using only StatPlanet / StatTrends, you way wish to integrate it as part of a PowerPoint. The software cannot be embedded in PowerPoint, but there are two approaches to creating a seamless transition:
Create an object (e.g. textbox, button, shape) and then create a link to StatPlanet/StatTrends from that object, as follows:
- Important note: If the presentation will be run from another computer, first make sure that StatPlanet or StatTrends is in the same folder as your presentation (e.g. in a sub-folder 'StatPlanet). This will ensure that PowerPoint creates a "relative" hyperlink to the application, which enables it to find the application no matter which computer/location the files are in.
- Go to the 'INSERT' tab and select the icon 'Hyperlink'.
- Navigate the folder containing StatPlanet/StatTrends, and select the file "StatPlanet.exe" or "StatTrends.exe".
- For more information, see also Start a program during your presentation.
Open up StatPlanet or StatTrends just before launching your presentation, go back to your presentation, and when the time comes to switch to StatPlanet / StatTrends press ALT+TAB on your keyboard. This will cause it to seemlessly switch to StatPlanet / StatTrends.
StatPlanet is available in the following languages:
- Bahasa Indonesia (courtesy of the Government of Indonesia)
- Danish (courtesy of Peter Erbs-Maibing, Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Denmark)
- Portuguese Brazilian (courtesy of the Instituto Centro de Vida)
- Russian (courtesy of Andrey Loschilov)
- Turkish (courtesy of Emre Koyuncu and Kutad Alpturkan) - as of v 3.1
- Vietnamese - as of v 3.3
These translations are included in the StatPlanet Data Editor. Please see the User Guide for information on switching language and modifying or adding a translation.
Yes, StatPlanet Plus supports non-Latin international character sets. Please note that right-to-left fonts (e.g. Arabic and Hebrew) are not yet supported. Some fonts are not supported by default (see also below for details) and are only available when purchasing a license for the software.
To use them, please follow these steps:
1. Remove the files "data.csv" and "settings.csv" in the main directory and also in the directory 'web'.
2. In the StatPlanet Data Editor, go to the sheet "Settings". Under Startup options - Data format, select: TXT (tab-separated values). Then click on “Save settings”.
3. The international character sets can now be used in the desktop version of StatPlanet Plus. The web version does not include the international character set by default. This is only available in the purchased/licensed version on request.
The following character sets are available. Please note that not all of these are embedded in the desktop version.
- Armenian: requires a license purchase to embed the Armenian font;
- Chinese (All character sets): requires a license purchase to embed the Chinese font (the desktop version only has limited support for Traditional Chinese characters);
- Croatian: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended B characters.
- Cyrillic: (for Russian, Serbo-Croatian and Tajik, amongst others);
- Czech: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended A characters.
- Devanagari (for Hindi, Marathi and Nepali, amongst others): requires a license purchase to embed the font;
- Japanese: requires a license purchase to embed the Japanese font (the desktop version only has limited support for Japanese characters);
- Korean (All character sets) - for the desktop version, Shapefile map edition, please download and use the Korean StatPlanet.exe file to display Korean characters;
- Polish: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended A characters.
- Romanian: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended B characters.
- Slovenian: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended B characters.
- Thai: requires a license purchase to embed the Thai font.
- Turkish: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended A characters.
- Vietnamese: requires a license purchase to embed the Latin Extended Additional characters.
- Other languages: any other language which uses one of the following character sets: Cyrillic, Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B or Latin Extended Additional.
The font sizes can be changed in the StatPlanet Data Editor sheet 'settings', variables MAP-TXT-S and MAP-TXT-S2 (for map text size), FONT-S (for general interface text size) and FONT-P-S (for popup text size).
It is not possible to change the font, which is Arial, because it is embedded in StatPlanet / StatTrends. However, when purchasing the licensed version it is possible to request the font to be changed. Please note though that this would be a permanent change in the licensed version.
It is also possible to change the font of popup text on the map, since it accepts text in html format. Therefore, the font can be set using HTML formatting.
Yes you can use Google Sites to host StatPlanet or StatTrends for free. The steps are as follows:
- Create a site.
- Select the 'gear' icon in the top-right corner (Open More Actions menu).
- Select 'manage site'.
- Click on 'Attachments' in the menu on the left.
- Select 'Upload' and then upload all the files in the StatPlanet or StatTrends 'web' directory.
- Run StatPlanet through the StatPlanet.swf in the location it was uploaded, for example: https://sites.google.com/site/statplanettest/StatPlanet.swf (where sites.google.com/site/statplanettest/ is the location of your Google site).
- Note for the ESRI shapefile map version: this requires an extra step. To include the map files, a webpage called 'map' needs to be created. The map files in the map folder (map.dbf and map.shp) need to be uploaded as attachments, as described above.
Wix does not allow Flash contents that loads external files, and therefore StatPlanet / StatTrends (which are Flash-based) cannot be embedded. This is based on the situation in March 2012, which may change in the future. Another web hosting service is therefore required.
See also Google Sites for a free alternative.
Update: For DropBox accounts created after October 4, 2012, the public folder option is no longer available in free accounts. See also Google Sites for a free alternative.
To publish StatPlanet / StatTrends online, you first need to upload all the files in the sub-folder 'web' to a designated area on your website. For example, in a location where you normally put external files and images, such as mywebsite.com/files. Create a sub-folder (e.g. 'statplanet') and place the files here.
You can then link to StatPlanet / StatTrends from any webpage, e.g. http://www.mywebsite.com/files/statplanet/StatPlanet.html
If you wish to embed StatPlanet within another location on your website, you would need to indicate the location of the StatPlanet files using the 'base' tag. The 'base' tag needs to be specified in the HTML code between the <head> and </head> tags as follows:
To publish StatPlanet / StatTrends in a CMS-based blog or website, you first need to upload all the files in the sub-folder 'web' to a designated area on the website where you normally put external files and images. For example, in the directory mywebsite.com/files. Create a sub-folder (e.g. 'statplanet') and place the files here.
You can then link to the StatPlanet / StatTrends file from any webpage, e.g. http://www.mywebsite.com/files/statplanet/StatPlanet.html
If you wish to embed StatPlanet / StatTrends inside your website, the solution depends on the CMS you are using. The steps for embedding it in two of the most popular CMS's - Drupal and WordPress - are provided below. See also: Embedding Flash files into SharePoint.
Most CMS's provide an option of editing the HTML of your web-page. You can then specify the location of the StatPlanet / StatTrends files between the <head> and </head> tags as follows:
- Download and install the Drupal module Flash Node
- The option to add a Flash Node should now appear in your website menu. So add a Flash Node
- Where it asks you to 'Choose File', select the StatPlanet.swf file (which is the loader)
- In the Basic flash node options, insert the Width and Height (e.g. width 765 / height 567).
In the Advanced flash node options, under Base, insert the location where you placed the StatPlanet files as described above. For example: /files/statplanet
(no need to put the full path)
- In Body, you can add text / images / contents as with any other Drupal page.
Click on Submit.
- Download and install the modules and CKEditor and CKEditor SWF (support for "CKEditor SWF module" would need to be enabled in the CKeditor Plugins settings).
- Add a basic page or other kind of content, and in the CKEditor click on the red 'Flash' icon.
- Below 'URL', insert the location where you placed the files as described above, followed by 'StatPlanet.swf'. For example: /files/statplanet/StatPlanet.swf
- Insert the Width and Height according to preference (e.g. width 765 / height 567).
- Select the Properties tab, and below 'Base' insert the location where you placed the files. For example: /files/statplanet. If you do not see the 'Base' option, make sure that the 'Text format' (shown below the body/contents area) is set to 'Full HTML'.
- Click on OK and save the page.
*Please note: The required Flash plug-in is not supported if you are using the free Wordpress.com platform, i.e. if you set up your website on the Wordpress.com website. To follow the steps below, you would need to host the Wordpress platform on your own web server.
- Install the WordPress plugin Kimili Flash Embed. Important Update: As of the WordPress 4.0.1 update from Nov 20, 2014, Kimili Flash Embed plugin version 2.5.1 (or higher) is required, which is compatible with the new version of WordPress.
Place the Statplanet data and flash files into a directory underneath wp-content/uploads, e.g.
In the header.php file, place a base tag within the <head></head> tags, with the full path pointing to the directory where your files are stored. This needs to be made conditional so that it is only inserted on pages with StatPlanet embedded. In the following example, you would need to replace page ID "1" (indicated through "is_page(ID)") with the WordPress page ID number of your page:
<?phpif (is_page(1))echo '<base href="/wp-content/uploads/statplanet/">;?>And for a second map, you can specify another file location as follows (replacing page ID "2" with the WordPress page ID number of your page):<?phpif (is_page(2))echo '<base href="/wp-content/uploads/statplanetcounty/">;?>Alternatively, the page title could be used, for example:if ($page_title == 'my page title')See also this Forum post for more details.
Go into the post or page where you want to embed statplanet, click on the HTML tab and you will see a button Kimili Flash embed. Insert the filename of the flash file e.g. StatPlanet.swf and then publish.
Update for Excel 2010 - It appears that Skype (or possibly other applications) can cause an error in Excel 2010 which prevents the 'paste' functionality from working properly. This will cause an error when pressing the 'Save button'. For more information please see the Microsoft Support forum.
If you get an error message when you press 'Save' in the StatPlanet Data Editor, please check the following:
- Have you unzipped / extracted the files? You will get this error message if you have opened the Data Editor without extracting the StatPlanet directories and files onto your computer.
- Make sure that the file 'data.csv' is not open when you press the 'Save' button.
- Make sure you have not renamed any of the Excel sheets in the StatPlanet Data Editor, nor any of the original filenames and directories.
- Make sure the files are copied (extracted) to a place where you have permission to save data. If you copied the software into the 'Program Files' directory you may get a VB runtime error 1004. Copying it to your 'Documents' folder, or the desktop (for example) would resolve this issue.
The shapefile map may not load for various reasons:
- Map ID error: The DBF file (map.dbf) uses an ID containing special characters which are not supported. It needs to have an ID which is alphabetical (a-z or A-Z), numerical or alphanumeric. The solution is to create one yourself by editing the DBF file. As of Excel 2007, DBF support is no longer included, but Open Office Calc can be used as a free DBF file editor.
- Time-out error: The shapefile is too large leading to a time-out error. This might be an issue if your shapefile is over 10 mb and/or contains a large number of regions. See how to reduce the size of a map for significantly reducing the map size. As of StatPlanet Plus v 3.0, larger shapefile maps are supported.
- Unknown shapetype error:
- Use the free Quantum GIS software to open the shapefile (Layer -> Add Vector Layer -> Browse). Simplify the map if required (to reduce the file size). Then save the shapefile through (Layer -> Save As). If it still does not work, you may need to save it as WGS 84 (Coordinate reference system).
- Other: If none of the above apply, there may be a problem with the shapefile itself. Most commonly, the number of map areas in the DBF file do not match the map areas in the shapefile (SHP) itself. StatPlanet is sensitive to such issues, so even though it may open successfully in a GIS application, it cannot be read by StatPlanet. Specialized GIS software may be needed to resolve such errors.
This issue can be resolved by replacing the file 'SHPreader.swf' with 'SHPreader2.swf' included with the shapefile version of StatPlanet. You may first wish to make a copy of the file 'SHPreader.swf', then remove the original 'SHPreader.swf' and rename the file 'SHPreader2.swf' to 'SHPreader.swf'. For the web-version, you would need to copy the 'SHPreader.swf' file also into the 'web' directory.
If one or more circles appear in your map representing map regions, it indicates that these map regions were not found in the shapefile. This is likely to be related to the ID column which was selected when running 'setup shapefile map' in the StatPlanet Data Editor. In this case, you would need to run 'setup shapefile map' again. This time select a different ID column. You may need to experiment with different ID columns until you find that all map regions are displayed and there are no more map circles. If this does not resolve the issue, there may be a fundamental problem with the shapefile map and/or the 'dbf' file which defines the map regions in the map.
The following is a checklist of potential issues when data import fails. Please see also the example data file structured for import, or the Forum for technical support if you are unable to resolve it.
1. Spelling of names: If the spelling of a map area (or variable name) in the file you are importing is not recognized, the corresponding data will not be imported. The names in the data file need to match those in the StatPlanet Data Editor sheet "Import names". Please see “Names not recognized” in the User Guide for resolving this problem.
The most likely issue is that there is a problem in reading the data structure. Errors in the data structure can generally be avoided by using the Import macro in the StatPlanet Data Editor. To check whether the data structure is correct, please see: data file structure. If you are editing the data.csv file directly on a Mac, please note that the data.csv file needs to be saved as a "Windows Comma Separated (.csv)".
Shapefile version: map related issue
If you are using the 'shapefile version' of StatPlanet, the most common cause is that StatPlanet is unable to access the files map/map.dbf and map/map.shp. To verify if this is the case, try opening the following page in your web-browser:
www.mywebsite.com/statplanet-location/map/map.dbf (replacing the first part of the link with the location of StatPlanet on your website).
If you get a 'page not found' error, it could one or more of the following issues:
- The map directory has not been copied to your web-server, and/or
- Access permissions for the directory 'map' and/or the files 'map.dbf' and 'map.shp' are currently restricted, and/or
- The server configuration settings allow only certain types of extensions to be loaded, so .dbf and .shp would need to be added to the allowed extensions.
If it is an access permission error, this can be resolved by navigating to the map folder through FTP and right-clicking on the folder/files and enabling access. "Public permissions" - "Read" - needs to be enabled for the files map.dbf and map.shp.
StatPlanet files cannot be found, freezing on the loading screen
Web-server issue in loading the data.csv file
If none of the above work, the web server may be unable to load the data.csv file. If this is the case, the solution would be to:
(i) Zip the data.csv file, creating a zip file called data.zip which contains the file data.csv
(ii) Upload the file data.zip to the web server into the same directory as the data.csv file
StatPlanet will automatically read data from the data.zip file, which may resolve the issue.
This might happen if there is a column shift, which occurs when a column for a particular map area is removed in one sheet but not in another.
There are three sheets which need to be synced with each other: Import, Import names, and Data. The map area names in the row at the top of these sheets need to be in the same order (see the example below). To see if they are not synced or matched, you could copy the row at the top of the of these sheets - containing the map area names - into a new spreadsheet. The map area names row from the three sheets (Import, Import names and Data) need to be placed one directly below the other. Then you can check if the names match across the columns. If there are column shifts, you would need to re-arrange, add or remove columns in the three sheets so that they are in the same order. If may then be necessary to re-import the data, if the data was imported into the wrong columns.
An example of a column shift is shown below. In this example, the sheets "Import names" and "Data" are synced (correctly ordered), but the sheet "Import" is not. Please note that the sheet "Data" normally shows the code for the map areas (as in this example) rather than the full name. In this case AFG is the code for Afghanistan, ALB for Albania and DZA for Algeria.
|column M||column N||column O|
|Sheet "Import names"||Afghanistan||Albania||Algeria|
In the case of map points and labels, if the above does not fix the issue, it means the map point and/or label is incorrectly placed. You would therefore need to move the map point and/or label to the correct location as described in the user guide.
StatPlanet Plus and StatTrends Plus allow for data, graphs and maps (StatPlanet Plus only) to be exported. This functionality is only available in the online version, once it has been published on the web.
If you get an error message when clicking export, or you see a text starting with '<?php' - this means that PHP is not supported by the web server.
Usage and distribution of StatPlanet & StatTrends
To purchase StatPlanet or StatTrends, please use the purchase form to specify your requirements. We will then get back to you with a quote. See also the cost and feature comparison, and the add-on modules available at additional cost.
The web and desktop versions of StatPlanet Plus and StatTrends Plus are identical, except for the following:
- The web version is restricted for use on a particular web domain.
- The web version loads a company logo from an external file, whereas in the desktop version the image is embedded within the software.
- The web version is intended for use by visitors to the website; the desktop version is intended for internal, company use only. If the desktop version is required for other purposes, please contact us.
In terms of the license, the desktop version is free for non-commercial use, and requires a license for commercial use. The web version requires a license for both non-commercial and commercial use.
With the web license, all 'development side' aspects can still be done on the desktop, such as importing maps, importing data and customizing the software. The distinction between the two is only in terms of the end-user. If users access the software on the web, then the web license is needed. If users need to be able to work with the software on their desktop, then the desktop license is (also) required.
Yes you can. We work with various resellers and are also happy to work with the reseller of your choice. When purchasing through a reseller, it would be helpful to specify the requirements as indicated in the purchase form.
Yes, StatPlanet and StatTrends can be freely downloaded, copied and distributed to others via any medium (such as a CD or USB Flash drive) without requiring permission.
However, please include a reference to statsilk.com if it is used in a website, CD-ROM or publication.
See also the license terms.