Create an Atlas

Build a set of interactive visualizations to communicate architecture and solution designs

In this topic, you learn the basic steps of creating an Atlas in two ways, via the Viewer and via the Data Manager.

An Atlas (or models atlas) is a set of pages that point to (interactive) visualizations. A published Atlas can be viewed in the Viewer.

With an Atlas, you can provide your stakeholders with a set of up-to-date, real-time generated and decision-supporting visualizations (see What is an Atlas page for more information on the Dragon1 Atlas).

dragon1 example of an atlas

This screenshot shows a generated and interactive Solutions Atlas.

How To Create an Atlas - Via the Viewer

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To create an atlas:

  • Log in.
  • Go to the Viewer via the menu.
  • Click on the blue plus button (Create New Atlas).
  • Enter a name in the Atlas dialog and select an Atlas template.
  • To store the atlas in the repository, check the 'create in repository' checkbox.
  • Click OK

You have now created an atlas.

dragon1 example of an atlas

This screenshot shows a generated atlas.

How To Create an Atlas - Via the Data Manager

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To create an atlas:

  • Log in.
  • Go to the Data Dashboard via the collaboration menu item.
  • Click on the Atlases tile.
  • Click on the Add button in the Atlases data list.
  • Fill in the Atlas Details page: enter a name, upload a picture and set publication status to published publicly. Once you do this, the atlas is visible in the Viewer within your account.
  • Click on the 'Save' button.

You need to add one or more Atlas Pages to the atlas.

To add an atlas page:

  • Go to the Data Dashboard.
  • Click on the atlas pages tile.
  • Fill in the Atlas Page details page: enter a name, enter a type (folder or visualization). Enter a weight to decide where this page will be located in the Atlas page tree menu.
  • In the Visualization ID Reference field enter the visualizationid of a visualization.
  • Click on the 'Save' button.

You can view the Atlas Page in the Atlas in the Viewer.

  • Go to the Viewer.
  • Select your atlas by clicking on the atlas picture.
  • You see a page tree menu. Click on it to see your visualization.

The data you entered is stored by default in MyCabinet. See the screenshot of the Architecture Repository on this below.

Collapsed Folders

Specify ShowTreeCollapsed in the description field or in the action script field.

Below follow the screenshots per step.

dragon1 data dashboard

Screenshot of the Data Dashboard.

dragon1 atlases list

Screenshot of the Atlases List.

dragon1 atlas details

Screenshot of the Atlas Details.

dragon1 atlas pages list

Screenshot of the Atlas Pages List.

dragon1 atlas pages details

Screenshot of the Atlas Pages Details.

viewer atlases overview

Screenshot of the Viewer Atlases Overview.

dragon1 viewer atlas page

Screenshot of an Example Atlas with an Atlas page selected, showing a visualization.

Atlas Attributes

An atlas has the following attributes that can be set:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Descr
  • Publication status
  • Owner
  • Classification
  • Colorscheme (the colors provided here can be used as #color1#, etc...
  • Margins (#margin1#, ...)
  • Paddings (#padding1#, ...)

Alternative Steps to Creating a Dragon1 Atlas

Alternative steps to create an atlas are:

  • Create several visualizations, static or dynamic.
  • Go to the Architecture Repository.
  • Open a Cabinet.
  • Select a Folder.
  • Insert an Atlas entity.
  • Insert several Atlas Page entities.
  • Link the Atlas Page entities to the Atlas entity via the Atlas attribute in the form.
  • Place the id of a visualization in the reference field of the Atlas Page.
  • Make sure the page is published (normally you keep the template pages unpublished).
  • Make sure the Atlas entity is published and has a picture, so it shows up nicely in the Viewer overview or in the Search.
dragon1 repository atlas example

Screenshot of the Repository Atlas Example.

Use Templates Pages

When creating your Atlas, you can streamline the process by making use of template pages.
For instance, if you want to apply a certain color scheme, page layout, default objects or logo on every page.

Startup Visualization in an Atlas

To have a visualization automatically be the first visualization shown in an atlas do the following:

Place startvisualizationid=.... in the description field of the atlas.

You can find the visualizationid in the application Collaboration > Data Dashboard > Visualizations.

Or you can do a mouse over in an atlas at the front of a page name in the treeview.

Tip: Study the Example Atlas

Learning new things is often speeded up by looking at existing examples, such as the "example Dragon1 Atlas".

Visit the example Dragon1 Atlas here.

The example Atlas shows three parts or stages: Strategy, Architecture and Transformation.

The idea is that an organization first has stakeholders that require changes to the company because of the strategy and a new business model.

The architects create this part of the atlas first and in iterations and in interaction with the stakeholders.

Next, they design the architecture in line with the strategy and business model and also interactively with the stakeholders in iterations. Also, a process diagram is used here to communicate how people can make effective use of architecture artifacts (products).

Finally, the architects add information that shows how the projects could or should make use of the principles and standards coming from the architectures.

Note: you can have any page structure you like in the Atlas.