Choose a Widget Type

Widgets are the building blocks of your reports and are what pulls data from Borealis and displays in in a desired manner. When you create a widget, several widget types are available to you and each of those types offers different ways of displaying the information.

You should try to select the right widget form from the start to access and present your data adequately.

You can change the widget type of one of your widgets after it has been created. The properties available for each type of widget differ.


Bulletin widgets let you visualize large quantities of textual information in a visually appealing format that is well suited to sharing through scheduled reports or direct presentation. For example, bulletins can be used to show a summary of the important communications in the last week, or the status and details of the open grievances or issues.bulletinwidgetexample.png


Calendar widgets let you visualize the information broken down by date and time of day. For example, calendars can be used to keep track of upcoming communications, know when your next task is due, and plan team meetings.



Chart widgets let you visualize your data in a visually compelling ways where you can quickly find data key points or view trends.

Some charts can present data in a more relevant way than others given the type of data and the information you are presenting.

As such, each situation has different presentation requirements and several types of charts are available to help you present your data in the most efficient and appealing way. 


Combination chart

Combination chart let you visualize comparable data from two or more widgets in a visually compelling way where you can quickly find key data points or view trends.

You can either select existing widgets or create entirely new ones as a basis when creating Combination Charts.

Several options can be leveraged to improve your data presentation:

  • Colors can be selected for each graph.​

  • Widget filters are available.

  • Report filters are applicable.



Indicator widgets let you visualize data as key numbers in a report.

You can use them to highlight the core, KPI, or aggregated results (total number count, sum, average of data) of the data you are presenting in your report.



Map widgets let you visualize data based on a geographical location. This means that geographical data, such as polygonal geometries, can be located based on data imported in the system from a Shapefile or the location field of a record.

Based on the data available in the system, you can select the type of data you want to see displayed on the map from the object menu drop downs on the left of the map.


Scatter plot

Scatter plots let you visualize data points on an horizontal and a vertical axis to use data to show assessment axes in relation to one another and how one variable behaves in relation to another.

  • You can use columns to define the dots in the scatter plot.
  • You can select data for the Y and X axis and use the Z axis to show the range of values.
  • You can also use categories to make your data be visually different



Table widgets let you build custom lists from your data using columns and sorting options of your choice.

  • You can use the columns to define what will be displayed in the table.
  • You can sort data appearing in a table based on specific criteria.
  • You can also limit the amount of data appearing in a table.
  • You can easily export this widget to the Excel format.


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