Navigating maps made with the Maps interface

Patrick Smith Updated by Patrick Smith

Every map made with Opendatasoft allows you to interact with it in several ways, but maps made with the Maps interface contain other features, explained below.

These features are common to all maps made with Opendatasoft:

  • There are circle, square, and polygon buttons to draw any shape on the map in order to filter for the data within those areas. There are also edit shape and delete shape buttons.
  • There is a button to see the map in full screen mode.
Note that if your map is embedded within an iframe, the fullscreen mode button won’t appear due to technical limitations.
  • There are buttons to zoom in and zoom out.
  • There is a button to center the map on your current location.

And these are the features of a map made with the Maps tool, some of which can be turned on or off in the map's configuration:

  • A search bar, to allow users to search for specific locations on the map.
  • A list of all the layers contained in the map, which you can choose to display or to hide.
  • A box showing the name of each layer, found in the bottom right-hand corner of the map

Display or hide layers

By default, all map layers are displayed. The list of all the layers that compose your map is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the map.

In case you only want to focus on several specific layers or even on just one, you can choose to hide layers. To hide a layer, simply click on it. You will see that the layer is grayed-out and disappears from the map.

If the map is configured on a monolayer mode, you will only be able to display one layer at a time. It means that if you display one specific layer, all the other layers will automatically be hidden.

Understanding captions

Each layer of a map has a related caption that appears in the bottom right-hand corner. To go from one caption to another, simply click the arrow buttons.

By default, the caption box remains small and shows only the name of the layer and its caption information. To expand this box for more detail, simply click the arrow up button.

You can use the search bar to find locations or data in your map. To do so, simply enter a keyword in the search bar at the top left-hand corner of the map. By default, the search bar will return location results, and if you click on a location result the map will automatically move to that location.

Note that the search bar also suggests searching in the displayed data.

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