The mapping page allows the user to easily view the spatial distribution of species observations, datasets and surveys. The mapping page provides the user with a wide variety of easy to use yet powerful tools enabling complex spatial analysis and reporting.

The main sections of the mapping page are as follows:

  1. The Spatial Layers List [A]. This is main control element which allows the user to interact with what is displayed on the map. It is comprised of four distinct tabs.

    • Layers - The layers tab allows you to add/remove various spatial layers i.e. counties, 10KM grid squares, SACs etc. You may also add species layers to the map by clicking on Add a new species. This will open a species browser where you can search for the species you would like to map.

      The Add a new species option will not be available should the map be currently in dataset mode i.e. loaded directly from a dataset/survey page. In order to re-enable the Add a new species button you will need to either remove the currently loaded dataset/survey layer or access the default mapping page.

    • Active - The active tab simply lists the currently loaded layers on your map. It also allows them to be enabled/disabled.
    • Legend - The legend tab lists all the elements loaded on your map and outlines the symbology for each.
    • Reports - The reporting tab allows the user to generate advanced reports. This section is quite in-depth and as such is covered in more detail in the Reporting section.
  2. The Map Controls Toolbar [B]. The map controls toolbar contains several useful tools that allow you to interact with the map and it's active layers.

    • activates the basemap selector. Here you can change your basemap to orthos photography, discovery, OpenStreetMap and so forth.

      The base-maps available for selection vary depending on whether you are viewing the map in terrestrial() or marine() projection.

    • changes the map to marine(WGS84) projection.
    • changes the map to terrestrial(ITM) projection.
    • displays the maps full extent.
    • opens the print dialog allowing the user to configure various options and print out their map.
    • opens the date filter dialog allowing the user to filter dataset/survey/species records according to a date range.
  3. The Scale/Resolution Information Area [C]. Here you can see the current resolution and scale details for the map as currently configured. You can also see the spatial coordinates directly beneath your mouse pointer as you move the mouse around the map. The coordinates will be in either ITM or Lat/Lng depending on whether you are currently in terrestrial() or marine() projection.

  4. The Map Zoom Control [D] allows you to adjust the zoom level of the map. You may also zoom the map using your mouse wheel.

  5. The Map Viewer [E] shows your map including all activated layers.

  6. The Address Search Bar [F] allows you to search for a particular address, clicking on the results generated from your search will auto zoom the map to that location.

Mapping overview