Here you can find out how to enter new places and how to use the map.
Create a new place¶
Choose a descriptive Name; as in all other forms, a name is required to save data
How to use the map¶
The Map has multiple functionalities:
You can zoom in and out by using the + and - button or make the map full screen as well
Use the magnifying glass to search for places. Type a place name in the search field, press enter and choose the correct place from the list. The map will zoom to the chosen location and a pop-up will be shown. You can choose from the following options:
Import ID will import the related Geonames ID into your form
Import Coordinates will import the related coordinates and show a marker on the map
Import ID and Coordinates
The map on which the visualization is based can be changed by hovering over the layer button Here, for example, “Landscape”, “Street Map” or ” Satellite” views are available. In addition, various settings for the maps can be made here, e.g. whether clusters or markers are to be displayed
The map can also be used to set your own markers for locations. Four different modes are available for this:
Centerpoint: Sets a point at the position a physical thing is located at
Linestring: A line can be drawn to show the location of e.g. a border or an old river bed. Double-click on the last drawn point to end the drawing mode
Shape: via the rectangle you can draw a shape that represents the location - use this if the exact location of a physical thing is known e.g. for a certain building with known location or a grave in a burial ground plot. To close the polygon click on the first drawn point; please note: drawing shapes with holes is not possible.
Area: Use the polygon to describe an area where the physical thing is/was located, but whose exact location is unknown. Please note: Select the marked area large enough to be 100% sure that the object is/was located in it. To close the polygon click on the first drawn point; please note: drawing shapes with holes is not possible.
After the marker/polygon has been drawn, further information can be entered into the pop-up, e.g. a name or a description as free text. This is optional but useful in case you draw multiple geometries for one entry. In addition, data about the polygon and coordinates can be copied from the corresponding field of the pop-up window
By clicking on the drawn shape or marker, these can be edited and/or deleted
All the entered information is saved when pressing the Insert button
Reference Systems - GeoNames¶
You can also link your data to GeoNames without using the map. To do so, type the respective GeoNames identifier in the dedicated field and choose if it is an exact match or close match. Please note: As for all references systems, information can not be saved without stating which kind of match it is.
By clicking the Insert or Insert and continue button you can save the information