Our exciting new web mapping platform Map Mavin is in the final stage of beta testing right now and with its release not far away, we’d like to reveal more of its capabilities to you. Map Mavin allows users to upload, store, view, edit and share files with anyone in the world. The best part? Creating a web map can take less than a minute.
In the last article of our ongoing series, Map Mavin Methods, we learned how to upload files into Map Mavin. Now that we’ve covered uploading, we’ll dive right into the process of taking your uploaded files and actually making a web map.
The Web Map Creation Process
Creating a web map with Map Mavin is so easy! Here is how you get it done. Once you have loaded a file into the Map Mavin module called “My Data Layers & Folders”, click the button on the left side of the screen titled “My Web Maps”. The “My Web Maps” screen will appear. Click the “Create Web Map” button in the top left corner of the window.
You’ll be given the option to create a name and description and to import a logo for the web map. Please note the checkbox titled “Make Web Map Public?” as well, this feature allows to determine the level of access you wish to have for the map – either username/password protected or public-facing.
After choosing the name and level of access for your web map, you will be taken to the “Interface” section. Here you have the chance to set your “bounding box”, which determines the initial extent of your map. You may also decide which tools you wish to be available in the web map, as well as its color scheme.
The next section you will encounter is called “Layer”. Here you will find a list of the layers you have uploaded into Map Mavin as well as our pre-loaded OpenStreetMap basemaps (titled “OSM layers”). Simply drag the layers you wish to use from the “Layerpool” column on the left to the “Web Map Layertree” on the right.
After you’ve decided which layers you would like to use in your web map, the last step is to invite the Map Mavin users and non-users you want to collaborate with. You are given the option to send both internal (current Map Mavin users) invitations and external (non-users) to your web map. A default message is already present in the text box; you are able to edit this message or delete it entirely and create your own.
So that’s it! With Map Mavin’s easy-to-use platform you can literally make maps in less than a minute. Stay tuned for our next part in the Map Mavin Methods series where we will dive deeper into the mapping process with instructions on manipulating and visualizing your web map.
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