All filters are located in the filter menu, available on the left side of the directory and the analytics page.
There are three options for finding a specific actor: direct search, keyword search, and direct filters.
- Direct Search: Type the name of the actor in the search bar of the filter menu. The most relevant top searches will result.
- Keyword Search: Located underneath the legend, these results are based on industry, geographic location (eg. country, city or area), company category or company tag
Beneath the keyword search bar, find an industry drop-down list to provide a complete overview of all industries in the ecosystem.
To easily filter through different companies, the Map View is an easy to use tool. Using both city and area filters, a custom area filter or a cluster marking to searches.
Searching on the map
There are a few ways to search for companies on the map. You can explore the map and search companies while you explore the map and use cluster marking. Or focus on a specific region by using location based filters.
Cluster marking and continuous searching
Exploring the map can deliver interesting discoveries. To help you find companies 2 options can be enabled on the ecosystem map.
When cluster marking is enabled, all nearby actors will be clustered. Only when you zoom in, they will be diverted into single actors.
Search while I move the map, is a function that allows you to see all actors in a specific region, when you zoom in on that region. This has only an effect when you combine the map view with the list or tile view.
Location based filters
Location based filters can be found in the filter bar on the left side of your screen in ‘search keywords’ section.
There are 3 location based filters: country filters, city filters and locality filters.
The country filter filters the map per country. You can filter the map on all the countries that contain at least one actor.
The city filter works on a city level. You can search for all cities that have at least one actor. A country code will be shown after the city to avoid misconceptions.
The locality filters are a set of predefined Belgian regions (for example Flanders).
You can combine filters of the same type (it will show companies that comply to country/city/area A or country/city/area B). A combination of different types of filters (city and area or country and area) is an ‘and-combination’. It will show all actors that are in filter A and in filter B.
A last location based filter is the custom area filter, which can be set up by the ecosystem owner.
Create custom Area Filter and Cluster Marking
The custom area filters can be created by the ecosystem owner.
Under the ecosystem settings, you’ll find a Custom Area space. When you click on ‘New Custom Area’, you can choose to name and create an area. You can use cities or zipcodes to create the specifics of the area.
Once saved, the filter will appear in the filter bar.
As an ecosystem owner you choose if the basic setting for custom marking is enabled or disabled. The setting is user-dependent and will be automatically set to the last choice of the user.