How to Create a Map

A map is how you view data layers together. A map contains a base map (the preferred world map, such as OpenStreetMap or Google Road Map), and any data layers that you'd like to be able to see together.

Best practice for creating a map is to keep the total number of layers in your map to a minimum. Lightship doesn't have any limits on the number of layers you can add, but maps with more layers will be harder to navigate efficiently and will affect performance on some internet connections.

There are 2 ways to create a map to visualize your data:

  1. Click the 'Maps' icon on the left-hand side of the screen.
  2. Click "NEW" on the top-right of the Map List.
  3. Alternatively, you can right-click on the map and click "CREATE NEW MAP HERE".

For each you need to do the following:

  1. Provide a name and description of your map.
  2. Decide whether or not you wish to copy the layers currently on the map. This is useful if you wish to create a map out of layers that you are already viewing on the site. Toggle on "COPY LAYERS FROM CURRENT MAP".
  3. Click "SAVE". This will create the map and open it in editing mode.

In Edit mode you can change the title and description of the map. You can change the base layer, and you can change the position and zoom scale be re-positioning it and click "Set to my current state".

Now you have a map! Add layers to the map by clicking the green "ADD LAYERS" button.

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