Creating your own Map Layer is the way to store themes of information in your account.
There are 3 steps needed to do this:
- Decide what you want to store in your account.
- Create a new blank Map Layer from the Admin Panel
- Use the Add Feature tool to store points, lines or polygons into that Map Layer.
Step 1: Decide what to store
This can vary depending on your organisation's needs. In this example we'll take the case of a Parish Council creating a record of the Benches they own and maintain.
Before creating the Map Layer we need to decide how the data will be stored. We can choose from:
- Points. Each features is represented by a single position on the map.
- Lines. Each feature is a series of connected positions on the map.
- Polygons. Each features is a series of connected positions forming a perimeter.
In this example of Benches, a Point Layer is suitable as we only need to plot a single position on the map.
We also need to decide what Columns of information we're going to have for the Layer. When we add a feature to the Layer later on, this will define the extra information we can store along with the point itself. Typical uses for this include adding ID numbers, descriptions and dates. The number of columns added depends on how much information you want to store.
Step 2: Create your Map Layer
To create your Map Layer:
- Go to the Admin Panel
- Select Layers (or Data) from the Menu
- Click the + button
- Give your new Layer a title
- Choose from Point, Line or Polygon
- Add Columns and give them names (e.g. ID, Description, Last Checked Date)
- Click Save
You Map Layer is now ready to be used.
As well as allowing you to create your own Map Layers, some accounts have pre-configured Map Layers ready for you to use and adapt.
To use a Layer Template, follow steps 1 - 3 in the list above, then choose from the drop-down in the top right.
Step 3: Adding Features
With your Map Layer ready to use, you now need to add your features into it. This is covered in another article: