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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.

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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?
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.

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 Public Labs map, the map is centered on central campus. If you zoom into an area of campus, 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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Who can I contact if I need more help?
Please email if you need additional help.

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