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Exploring Maps

In cartography, a map is any two-dimensional graphic representation of the spatial relationships of the whole or a part of the earth. In digital cartography as in MapStore, a map consists in overlaying various layers of geographic data and their styles in data frames, and it contains various map elements such as a legend and a scale bar.

In order to create a map, the user can click on the New Map button in Homepage and will be addressed directly to the map viewer (by default only Administrators and Normal Users can create a new map, as explained before in Homepage section):

Once a map is created and saved, it will be available in Homepage content section.

MapStore WebGIS Portal Interface

The Mapstore WebGIS Portal interface is composed by the following main blocks:

In particular:

  • The Table of Contents (TOC) shows the layers and the layers groups on the map and allows to remove or edit them, and add some new ones

  • The MapStore Toolbars includes the Search Bar and the Side Toolbar, an important list of options that contains several functions and information

  • The Sidebar that is mainly a navigation panel

  • The Background Selector allows to add, remove or edit map's background

  • The Footer includes the CRS selector, the coordinates, the scale and the credits of the layer

  • The Data Frame is the space where the layers are displayed