Web Map Creation Demonstration Script
This script is to be used for presenting the different stages needed to create a web map on Cadasta’s Platform, based on the ESRI ArcGIS product.
- Trainees have an understanding of how to log into Cadasta’s Platform
- Trainees have an understanding of GIS and geometry types (points, lines, and polygons)
1. Introduce the demonstration by explaining that trainees will learn how to build a web map on the Cadasta Platform.
2. Use your username and password to login and show the Cadasta Platform home page.
3. Show that the Cadasta Platform homepage has a menu item Map and a blank map document will open up after pressing that.
4. Explain that when initially opening a new map, the left panel gives a quick four-step walkthrough on how to make your own map. We’ll cover all that and more in this session.
5. Show that you can grab, hold, and move the map to pan and see the rest of the world.
6. Show that you can test zooming in and out, use the map’s zoom bar, the mouse’s scroll-wheel, double-click, and ‘shift+click drag’. Zoom out to the world and then all the way into your home. Show how the numbers in the scale bar change when you zoom in and out.
7. Show that you can search the map. Use the search box in the top right to find your city. Type: Washington, DC, USA. A menu of choices appears. Click on what appears on the top of the list and it will zoom in and open a marker on the city. Click X to close.
8. Show that you can click the Basemap button and look at each of the twenty five basemaps. Select Imagery with Labels and zoom all the way out to see more of Washington DC. Describe that these are the most common basemaps and notice what happens in each as you zoom in and out.
9. Show that you can add data layers on top of the basemap by pressing the Add menu that is located under the My Map on the top left of the screen.
10. Show that you can either select Search for Layers, Browse the Living Atlas Layers, Add Layer from the Web, or Add Layer from the File.
11. Show that if you click the Search for Layers option, you can choose layers from My Contents, My Favorites, My Groups, My Organization, Living Atlas, and ArcGIS Online.
12. Select the ArcGIS Online option and type “Washington DC” in the search bar. Say that you must press Enter.
13. Select the “Washington DC Boundary” that appears on the top of the search results and click Add to Map to add the layer on top of the base map.
14. Explain that the Washington DC Boundary is a polygon layer. You can view the polygon layer by checking the tick mark in the small square box under the Content tab.
15. Define that the polygons are a set of many-sided area features that represents the shape and location of homogeneous feature types such as states, counties, parcels, soil types, and land-use zones.
16. Add one more layer from ArcGIS Online following the same steps as above.
17. Select the ArcGIS Online option and again type “Washington DC” in the search bar.
18. Select the “Wireless Hotspots from DC Government” layer that appears right below the “Washington DC Boundary” layer and click Add to Map to add the second layer on top of the base map.
19. Explain that the “Wireless Hotspots from DC Government” is a point layer. You can view this point layer by checking the tick mark in the small square box under the Content tab.
20. Define that the points are features that are too small to represent as lines or polygons as well as point locations (such as GPS observations).
21. Explain that you can change the visualization and symbology of the layers by choosing a different attribute and selecting a drawing style.
22. Show that you can see five different tabs under the layer name under the Contents pane on the left side of the screen: Show Legend, Show Table, Change Style, Filter, Perform Analysis, and More Options.
23. Select the point feature layer (Wireless Hotspots from DC Government) and select the Change Style option located right under it.
24. Show that Access Type is selected under 1. Choose an attribute to show. Explain that you can change this if you want to view different attributes in your map.
25. Click the small down arrow on the right side and you will see other attribute names. Scroll down and select Site Type. Show that 12 different sites with different colors will appear on top of the basemap.
26. Explain that you can change the symbology of each individual site by selecting Options for unique symbols and Select for single symbols under 2. Select the drawing style.
27. Show that you can change the symbol and its shape, fill, and outline by clicking the symbol (small colored circle) in front of the Label under the Change Style tab.
28. Show that you can edit the label of the layer by clicking the Label under the Change Style tab.
29. Show that you can also change the transparency and visibility scale range of the symbol if you scroll down more on the same Change Style tab.
30. Show that you have to click OK and Done when you are done with editing.
31. Explain that you can also change the Style and Symbology of the polygon layer following the same steps.
32. Explain that you can create labels for the attributes that are being shown on the map.
33. Select the point feature layer (Wireless Hotspots from DC Government) and select the three small dots, which will take you to the More Options tab, located at the far-right under it.
34. Select Create Labels option. You can see a new tab Label Features on the left part of your screen.
35. Check the tick mark on the small square box located in front of small Label Features text.
36. Show that you can change text based on different attributes. Select Access Type by clicking the down arrow inside the text box and scrolling down.
37. Show that you can also change font type, font size, alignment and visible range of the label. Drag the Visible Range slider from Neighborhood to Room level. Click OK at the bottom.
38. Show that when you zoom out higher than Neighborhood level you cannot see the label, but you can see it when you zoom in beneath the Neighborhood level.
39. Explain that you can configure pop ups for the attributes that are being shown on the map.
40. Select the point feature layer (Wireless Hotspots from DC Government) and select More Options tab (symbolized as three small dots) located at the far-right under it.
41. Select Configure Pop-up option. You can see a new tab Configure Pop-up on the left part of the screen.
42. Check the tick mark on the small square box located in front of small Show Pop-ups text.
43. Show that you can change the pop-up title as you wish or with the attributes names by clicking + and selecting one of the attributes manually. Erase Type and write down “DC Wifi Hotspot Info” Inside the text box.
44. Explain that you can configure pop-ups only for the attributes that you want to be shown.
45. Select option A list of field attributes inside display and Select Configure Attributes tab located under Pop-up Contents.
46. Inside Configure Attributes check the fields you want to display. Explain that you can select a field to change its alias, order it, and format it.
47. Check the tick mark only on Name, Access Type, and Site Type and click OK and again click OK to save the configured pop up settings.
48. Go back to the map, show that you now can see only three fields that are on the pop up when you click any Wifi location point on the map with the pop-up title being “DC Wifi Hotspot.”
49. Explain that you should not forget to save the progress/changes that you made in your map by clicking the Save tab.
50. Show that when you Click Save, a new square box with the text Save Map on top will appear.
51. Give a title to the map.
52. Add tags to the map. For Example: Washington DC; WIFI; US.
53. Write a short description of the map inside Summary and click Save Map.
54. Explain that the map you just created is now saved and you can access this map by logging on to the Cadasta Platform and clicking the My Content tab any time later.
55. Navigate to the My Contents tab in the Cadasta Platform and show or highlight the newly saved and created (unshared) web map.