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VirtualEarth MSDN Blog
11-09-2009, 05:00 PM
<p><a href="file:///C:/Users/cpendle/AppData/Local/Temp/WindowsLiveWriter1286139640/supfiles27FA2FF/image7.png"></a><img src="http://www.bing.com/community/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.UserFiles/" alt="Scottish Flag" border="0" style="border: 0; float: right;" />&nbsp;The <a target="_blank" href="http://simd.scotland.gov.uk/map"><span style="color: #669966;">Scottish Government launched their Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)</span></a> site which <em>identifies small area concentrations of multiple deprivation across all of Scotland in a fair way and allows effective targeting of policies and funding where the aim is to wholly or partly tackle or take account of area concentrations of multiple deprivation </em>is now using a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps"><span style="color: #669966;">Bing Maps</span></a> Silverlight interface to visualize their data. The <a target="_blank" href="http://simd.scotland.gov.uk/map">SIMD Interactive Bing Map</a> is a <em>mapping tool which can be used to identify Scotland's most deprived areas and their location within each local authority area</em>. </p>
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<p>Now, this is a perfect example of an application that would require a Bing Maps Silverlight interface. There is just a massive amount of data to visualize and it&rsquo;s done in a compact, yet elegant manner using simple lists and checkboxes. Within the application, the default interface loads all of the geographies as semi-transparent overlays. You can then click anywhere on the map which will select the respective region, zoom to it, shade it as a vector graphic, then query the polygon and return information about the respective polygon to a table below the map with additional information such as the immediate geography, local authority, SIMD Rank, Domain Rank and Datazone information. </p>
<p><img src="http://www.bing.com/community/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.UserFiles/" alt="Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation using Bing Maps Silverlight" border="0" style="border: 0; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Check out the lists and checkbox data&nbsp;&ndash; lots of information to further drill down on the deprivation issues around Scotland that filter the information presenting on the map: </p>
<li>SIMD Year: 2004, 2006, 2009</li>
<li>Domain: SIMD Rank, Income, Employment, Health, Education, Geographic Access, Housing, Crime</li>
<li>Classification: Most Deprived (5%, 10%, 15%, 20%), Most Deprived (15%), Quintiles, Deciles, Vigintiles</li>
<li>Color Scheme: Red to Blue, Greyscale</li>
<li>Geographies: Intermediate Geographies, Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies, Local Authorities, Health Boards</li>
<li>You can also adjust the map overlay opacity for a lighter experience to see the underlying Bing Maps more clearly. </li>
<p>For more information on the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, check out my MIX 2009 session about the CTP, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2009/03/21/mix-2009-wrap-up-and-virtual-earth-session-replay.aspx"><span style="color: #669966;">MIX 2009 Wrap Up and Virtual Earth Session Replay</span></a>.</p>
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