Create an Atlas


In this topic, you learn the basic steps of creating an Atlas on the Dragon1 platform.

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

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

dragon1 example of an atlas

This Atlas page shows a generated and interactive example Solutions Atlas.

How To Create an Atlas

To create an atlas:

  • Log in.
  • Go to the Data Dashboard via the collaboration menu item.
  • Click on the atlases box.
  • 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.

Now 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 box.
  • 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 sit in the atlas page tree menu.
  • In the Visualization ID Reference field enter the visualizationid of a visualization.
  • Click on the 'Save' button.

Now 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.
  • Now 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.

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.

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 have 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.

Tip: 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.

Tip: Study the Example Atlas

Learning new things are often speeding 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.