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This section has some tips on how to use the map. The F.A.Q. below should help for most issues. This project is in development, so we are interested in problems that you are experiencing, and ways in which we can improve this Help document. Please email your instructor with suggestions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a login to use the map?
You do not need to have an account to view the map and to view the public map points. You do, however, need an account to be able to create new map points, leave comments on points created by others, save map bookmarks, and view some of the information that is only available to registered users. You will receive login information from your instructor.

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How do I use the map?
Zooming and Navigation within the map
This map uses the Google Maps API; most of the conventions and tools used in Google Maps are available in this map as well. For example, the navigation controls (Arrows, Zoom slider, Zoom by double-clicking, Panning) and View Types (Map, Satellite, Hybrid, Terrain) are Google Maps tools. For help with Google Maps basics, see Google’s Maps User Guide

Viewing Point Information
The points on the map are shown as colored pointers. Clicking on a point, or clicking on its title in either the List or Table View, will reveal a small “speech bubble” with some basics about the map point. In the bubble, if there are any multimedia files associated with the point, icons indicating their type show up. In the upper right corner there is a “plus” sign which expands the bubble to include more info. The View Details link takes you to the map point information page. This page shows all the information that the map point author created, multimedia files, and any comments left by visitors. There is also a link to the author’s profile page.

Changing Views
The map has several different view styles, and you can switch between these based on your use of the map. List View is a Google Maps – style presentation with results on the left in a scrolling, paginated list. In Table View, your results show below the map. Download CSV is a view of the data as a comma-separated file, while View File List is a listing not of the points, but of the multimedia data associated with points.

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How do I search the map? And what are the filters for?
Searching
The map is searchable, but here the map acts differently than a Google map, for what you are searching is not Google’s view of the internet, but rather the information about the map points that have been added to the map. Search for terms that might be found in any of the text fields related to the map points, or search on categories. Your search results will be displayed in whichever view (List, Table, etc.) that you have chosen.

Filtering
The area of the map you are viewing is one type of map filter. In other words, what you see in the list of results will depend on where your map is centered, and how far you are zoomed in. For example, for the Cayuga Watershed map, the map is centered on Cayuga Lake. If you zoom into an area of the watershed, fewer results will display. If you zoom out, you’ll find points that were not in your original results.

Another filtering option is to filter by category. Points on the map have been tagged with categories, such as biophysical data, land uses, and social data. Checking a box for one of the categories will then filter the map, showing only points that are tagged with that category. Checking additional categories will either show points that match all categories, or any categories: a choice you make by toggling the radio button at the top of the categories area.
You can also filter your results by the availability of media. Some points have multimedia associated with them. By using the drop-down for media type, for example, you can show just those points with audio files.

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What are overlays?
Map overlays are geo-referenced images or KML files that the map owner has added to provide you with additional relevant information. You can view one at a time by choosing an overlay from the drop-down menu.

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How do I add a point to the map?
Some features of the site, e.g., adding map points, files, and comments, are restricted to registered users. Once you have a login, the first step is to toggle your setting from View Map to Add Point. You won’t have the option to toggle between the two settings until you log in.

There are 4 ways to add a map point.
1. Click on the map—this will create a point at the location you choose. You may first want to zoom in so that your location is more precise.
2. Add point by address—enter a street address. Google’s geo-coding process will do its best to find your location. The more information you can add, the better your results will be.
3. Add point by coordinates—if you know the Lat/Long of your map point, you can enter it directly.
4. Add Multiple Data Points—if you have a set of points, and don’t want to add them individually, you can upload a properly formatted CSV file. Start by downloading the sample file, then format your data to match, and upload the set of points.
Using any of the first three methods, once you have added a point, you will be prompted to add a few fields of information. After you save this information, you can add more information by clicking on the Edit link text.

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How do I edit my point? How do I add data, images, and other items to my point?
Once you have created a point, you will be able to edit it to add more details. The details you add here will make it easier for people to search and find your map point. You can fill in additional fields of information, choose the color of your icon, assign categories, set the privacy of the point, and change the view type and zoom level of the map that displays with your point information. The Edit area is also where you can choose to delete your map point.

There are three places to find the link to add images and other multimedia to your map point. In each case, the text link to look for is Add a file or link.
1. From the Edit page, the link is just under the Edit Data Point page title.
2. From the map view, if you click on one of your pointer icons, the link is within the speech bubble.
3. From the map view, if you click on one of your pointer icons, and choose View Details, you will see all of your map point information as other viewers do, including all of the multimedia that’s already been uploaded. You’ll find the link just above the set of multimedia tabs.

When adding documents and other multimedia, please be space conscious. Upload only web-friendly documents: compress your audio, upload images that are screen resolution, provide links to streaming files rather than uploading videos, etc. If you have any large multimedia files to upload, please ask your instructor for recommendations on how to put them on the streaming server. There is a maximum upload size, and if this is exceeded, your upload will fail.

When adding a link, you are given the option to tag the link with a filetype: picture, audio, video, or other document. This allows you to add a link to an online photo, for example, and have this document presented with other files of its type. For a link to a website, the best choice would be to tag it as a document.
A caption is required when you add a file or a link. The caption text will be used in search results as the clickable text. The caption text can be edited on the page where you view the details of your map point. Multimedia can also be deleted from this page. Only you, as the map point author, will have access to the edit and delete links.

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How do I edit my profile?
When you are logged in, you can edit your profile. You can add an image, edit the text in the profile fields, and change your password. This is also the area where you can change whether or not you get email notifications when people leave comments on your points.

Your full profile is only available to other logged in users. Public users will see your first name and last initial, and the text you’ve entered in your About me area.

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How do I leave comments on other people's points?
If you are logged in, you are able to leave comments on your own map point as well as map points made by others. In your comments you are also able to leave a web link.

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Can I add an overlay?
Overlays are added by the owner of the map. If you want to recommend an overlay to add, contact your instructor. The overlay files can be KML, PNG, or JPEG. For the latter two, coordinates for the corners of the image are required..

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Who can I contact if I need more help?
We are eager to hear your input on improvements, and questions you have about how to use the map. Please email your instructor with your ideas and questions.

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