Creating Maps

In this section, we’ll create a Map using some uploaded layers, combine them with some other layers from remote web services, and then share the resulting map for public viewing.

In order to create new maps you can use:

  • the Create Map link of the Maps menu in the navigation bar


    The Create Map link

  • the Create Map button in the Layer Page (it creates a map using a specific layer)


    The Create Map button

  • the Create New Map button in the Explore Maps page


    The Create New Map button

The new Map will open in a Map Viewer like the one in the picture below.


The Map Viewer

In the upper left corner the toc_button button opens the Table of Contents (TOC) of the Map. It allows to manage all the layers associated with the map and to add new ones from the Catalog.
The TOC component makes possible to manage layers overlap on the map by shifting their relative positions in the list (drag and drop them up or down in the list).
It also allows to hide/show layers ( show_button and hide_button ), to zoom to layers extents ( zoom_to_layer_extent_button ) and to manage their properties ( layer_settings_button ).
Once the map layers have been settled it is possible to save the Map by clicking on burger_menu_button and choosing Save as.

Creating new Maps

If you followed the steps above, you have just created your first Map. Now you should see it in the Explore Maps page, see Map Information for further details.

We will take a closer look at the Map Viewer tools in the Exploring Maps section.