Overview of the Maps interface

Anthony Pépin Updated by Anthony Pépin

The Maps interface allows you to build your own data-enriched maps. You can overlay as many layers of data as you want in the same map, and the different visualization styles (heatmaps, choropleths, dots, and shapes) let you choose the best way to show the data.

Because you can overaly multiple layers, the maps made in Maps are more advanced than those created within the map tab of a published dataset. You can also group your layers and edit their descriptions and titles in order to create and share a map designed to meet a specific purpose.

Once you have built your map, share it using the provided URL or embed it in your website after saving it.

Using the Maps interface

To use Maps, go to any ODS portal and find it through the portal's navigation (on your own portal this is the Maps tab at the top of the page). Otherwise, you can type /map at the end of any portal's URL. There you can use the portal's datasets to make a map, or else choose from any of the 14,000 georeferenced datasets freely available through our Data Hub.

The Maps interface has two modes:

  1. Edition, that you use to create your map, configure it, and define what it will look like
  2. Preview, that you use to preview what your map will look like

Maps, in edition mode, is also split into three parts, each explained in more detail below:

  • The layer-editing area
  • The Maps menu
  • The interactive, multi-layered map

The layer-editing area

The layer-editing area is located on the right-hand side of your page, right next to the map. Use this part of Maps to create a multi-layer map.

If you haven’t started creating your map you will only see a button, Add a dataset to this map, to add your first dataset. Afterward, this section will display:

  • All your added datasets
  • "Edit," a link to access the visualization configuration options of the related dataset
  • Add a dataset to this map, a button to add a new dataset to your map

The Maps menu

The Maps menu is located at the very top of the map. Through this part of Maps, you can rename and save a mapmanage your mapsreorder and group layers in a mapconfigure your map, and share your map.

It displays the following information, action buttons, and submenus:

  • My maps, to manage your maps, including your not-yet-saved maps (drafts)
  • The title of your map
  • A switch button, whether you want to display Maps in an edition or in a preview mode
  • Order and groups, to manage in what order your datasets are displayed and to group your datasets together
  • Configuration, to define which features will be activated when your map is in preview or view mode
  • Save, to save your map
  • Share, to access links to share your map as a link, inside an iframe, or as a widget pasted in a page

The interactive map

The interactive map displays your data. You can navigate on your Maps map to play with this data.

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Creating advanced charts with the Charts tool

Configure your map

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