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Create your own reports, charts and distribution maps from the records database

All the sections within the records section provide a range of standard reports, charts and maps that seem appropriate to the various sections, lists of species for example or a chart by record dates or perhaps a distribution map. Whilst these reporting options are hopefully helpful there will probably be occasions where a visitor to the Nature of Dorset wishes to produce a report, chart or map that meets there specific requirements. The SPOTLIGHT section hopefully provides that flexibility within the constraints imposed by the software being used. I believe this to be a powerful facility which many will use.

The key to building tailor-made reports, charts and maps lies in the database 'filter' options that appear at the top of each display. By selecting parameters from one or more of the drop-down lists you can reduce the data displayed to match those filters. The filters are what are termed AND relationships, in other words they work together rather than concurrently and so if you a select a species and a location for example you will get a list of species at that location rather than a list of species at all locations and all species at the chosen location! There is no harm in playing with the filters until you get the result you require and you can reset and start again at any time. It makes no sense choosing a species group, sub-group and species though, only one is needed depending on the level of  analysis you require hence the headings say OR in the titles.

On all three analysis options, reports, charts and maps, you can print your results, download them to a PDF file or email them to someone by using the 'Print Friendly' option at the bottom of the page. The reporting facility also offers you the opportunity to export you filtered data to a file on your own computer in one of four formats, Excel, Word, simple text and comma separated variables. This then enables you to do further work on the data if you wish to.

I hope the SPOTLIGHT function provides you with everything you need to analyse and get maximum benefit from the ever growing database of species recording data.