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What is a Visualization Template?

Introduction

A visualization template is a canvas with a predefined layout and an expected set of data. A visualization template has several areas and these areas are the placeholders for certain types of shapes of icons. These areas will be populated with icons using the provided data.

An example of a visualization template

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Populating a Visualization Template with Data

Above you see an example of an empty Process Application Landscape visualization template and below that a populated Visualization template with data from a user.

There are two ways a visualization template can be used: with data coming from .dragon1 Files and with data coming from the repository.

atlas example of a populated visualization template

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The benefits of a visualization template is that it improves the productity of a Dragon1 user significantly. The user now only has to focus on collecting data and quality of the data.

Dragon1 provides more and more visualizations templates and visualization templates also are very configurable. So once you know how they work, you might prefer them above creating your own visualization from scratch.

If you want to see more templates or layouts, click on this link.

Here you can learn more about the .dragon1 File.

Editing a Visualization Template

A visualization template often has many configurable items. Every available template has its own page on the Help system where all the options are detailed. For more information check the Templates and Tutorials section.

Available Visualization Templates

Currently, every month new visualziation templates are released by Dragon1.

The top ten most populare visualization templates are:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Strategy Map
  • Process Application Landscape
  • Layered Enterprise Model
  • Enterprise Architecture Blueprint (3D-ish)
  • Stakeholder Onion Diagram
  • Capability Gap Analysis
  • IT Landscape
  • Capability Heatmap
  • Process Application Skills Landscape

Check the Templates and Tutorials section for available templates.

Visualization API

Even though it is a simple url API, it is still powerful.

You can use call the Viewer application via a url in a browser to generate a visualization based on a template.

If you build a url like this, and provide a valid .dragon1 File from your webserver, you will see a visualization being generated.

https://www.dragon1.com/viewer?f=https://www.dragon1.com/downloads/business-model-canvas.dragon1

You can generate a .dragon1 File (JSON structured) on your own system and specify in the .dragon1 File which template should be used to view the data.

For example the same data can be viewed with a process application landscape template or with a business model template.

If you want to generate several visualizations at once, you generate a .dragon1 File with the contents of an atlas, specifying several visualizations with each a different template, reusing the same data over and over again.

Using visualization templates in this way, you can have realtime architecture data being unlocked to a large group of people.

A popular use case for this security architecture, where you do not want to lose time creating diagrams. But want to start making the right decisions asap.