This section will guide users towards:
Users can use different routes, filters and search functions to find information on WINS, whether it be layers, maps, and documents. To access layers, maps, and documents, use the quick-link Layers/Maps/Documents in the menu bar in the header.
Specific layers, maps, and documents can be found by typing in the Search-field (e.g. a country name or thematic area) in the header.
A list of results of layers, maps, or documents will appear (Figure 1). This list can be sorted according to when the data was shared (Most recent and Less recent), alphabetically (A-Z and Z-A), or by order of importance (Most Popular).
I.1.a. Filtering layers, maps, or documents
Using the left-side panel, layers, maps, or documents can be filtered according to:
I.2. Accessing and understanding information of layers, maps, and documents
Once you have found the layer, map, or document you are interested in, you can click on it to access the content and its related information. Visualization of documents and of layers and maps differ slightly.
I.2.a. For documents
On the page of a document, the resource is either directly displayed on the page or accessible by clicking on the link provided under the tittle (Figure 3).
There is also a tab section below the document, where you can first view Info about the document, i.e. its metadata. The metadata consist the ID card of the document, by providing its tittle, abstract, date of publication, source, etc. The metadata also indicates the user who is responsible for uploading and managing this content on WINS, as well as the group to which it is linked.
The tab section also allows you to Share the document through social media or email, use the Ratings system, and leave Comments.
I.2.b. For layers and maps
The page for a specific layer or map offers two distinct spaces (Figure 4):
The Viewer provides different tools for displaying the layer or map (Figure 5):
The Viewer also provides two tools for analyzing the layer or map. The first one is the Get feature info which retrieves any information available for a dedicated object of a layer or map upon clicking on this element, by opening a pop-up window with the information (Figure 6).
The second analysis tool is the Measure one, to evaluate distances or areas (Figure 7).
I.3. Downloading documents and layers in different file formats
Unless otherwise specified, all information shared publicly on WINS is available for download by users of the platform, whether they have registered an account on the platform or not.
I.3.a. For documents
You can download document simply by clicking the blue button Download document in the right corner of a document’s page. It will automatically download the content to your computer. You can also download a document’s metadata by clicking the Download metadata button (Figure 8).
I.3.b. For layers
It is possible to download data of vector layer in different file formats (KML, GeoJson, Excel, CSV, Zipped Shapefile, etc.) as well as the data of a raster layer (GeoTIFF, ArcGrid, KML, PNG, JPEG, etc.), by using the blue button Download Layer at the top right corner. This allows you to use offline with other GIS software. You can also download a layer’s metadata by clicking the Download metadata button (Figure 9):
I.4. Using published layers to create maps, saving and printing maps
All the layers shared publicly on WINS are available and can be used by the users to produce maps, whether they have an account or not. Those maps can be saved and printed.
I.4.a. Select one or many layers to produce a map
In order to produce your map, you have to choose the layer(s) which interests you (See Section I.1.). In order to choose the layer(s), two options are available:
From a layer’s page. On the right side of the page, click on the blue button Create a Map (Figure 10). This give you access to the Map Viewer, where you can find your selected layer.
From the Layers menu. Click on the Select button that can be found on the right top corner of each layer’s miniature. You can choose as much layers as you want. The selected layers are located on the top left corner of the page in the Selected Layers tab. You can unselect layers by clicking on the cross on the right side of the layer’s title. Once the selection is done, use the button Create a Map, which is below the selected layers’ list (Figure 11). Thus, you will access to the Map Viewer, in which you will find the selected layers.
I.4.b. Producing a map
The map creator contains different elements (Figure 12). We can distinguish the Map Viewer, the Toolbar and the Edition column.
The Viewer permit the display of georeferenced information. It provides tools on the top of the map that allow zooming in and zooming out on the layer. Changing scales can also be made thanks to the different levels of scales that are providing on the bottom right corner of the map.
The toolbar provides different possibilities:
Map: permit the WINS registered users to save their modifications on a new map that they can publish on WINS with the Publish Map option. A title and an abstract should be provided with the map during it registration. Then, the metadata has to be filled. The contributors can also download their map with the Save Map option;
Print: permit to all the users to export the map that they are creating in a PDF file and then print it if necessary. In the Print Preview (Figure 13) the users can also change the PDF file, the resolution, add a title and a comment and choose to make appear the legend or not. With the four arrows on the top left side corner of the map or with the mouse, users can move the map. The scale bar on the bottom right side corner permit change the scale of the information. Once the map is done, click on Print on the bottom right corner or the window;
Identify: open the Get Feature Info tool that permit to retrieves any information available for a dedicated object of a layer or map upon clicking on this element, by opening a pop-up window with the information on the selected layer. This tool is also in the layers’ Viewer (See Figure 6 above);
Query: Open the attribute table from the selected layer in a new window on the bottom of the page. Thus, the user can read the attribute table and doing researches thanks to the Query tool. This tool permit to make a query by attributes from the attribute table with the different modes (equal to, between X and Y, greater than, lesser than, etc.). Once your query is done, click on the Query button at the bottom of the page. Thanks to that, your attribute table will only be composed by the elements of your query. Different data are present on the table and permit to obtain information on a layer’s element. The attribute table is composed of several pages. If you want to change the page, click on the blue arrow Next page. You can select an element in order to highlight it on the Viewer by clicking on it. To deselect the selection and your request elements, click on Cancel (Figure 14);
Measure, to measure the lengths or the areas.
The Edition Column of the map make a list of the the layer(s) that you have selected to create the map and their corresponding legend. The user can display or not the layer(s) on the map by clicking on the small box next to the title in the Overlays tab. The user can change the base map. Seven choices are at disposition in the Base Maps tab.
The different layers are automatically include in the Edition column. You can change their orders to make appear a layer on the foreground or in the background, depends on your needs. To do that, select a layer by clicking on its title, then make it move with the mouse to the top if you want it to be on the foreground (Figure 15).
A layer can also be put as a base map. In order to do that, select the layer by clicking on its title, and then make it go to the Base Maps tab. If you want to put back the layer in the layer’s box, select the chosen layer by clicking on its title then make it go to the Overlays tab (Figure 16).
Some other tools are available on top of the Edition column (Figure 17):
Add new layers with the Add layers tool. With the Add layers option, the user can search a layer. An abstract of each layer is available by clicking on the + logo. To insert a new layer, the user can whether double clicking on the selected one or selecting a layers then clicking on Add layers on the bottom of the column. Once the layers are selected, you can click on Done. You can also filter the layers by clicking on Find layers, then writing some keywords in the search bar (Figures 18 & 19);
Remove Layer, to delete layers that you have selected. Once you have clicked on the layer you want to remove, click on the Remove layer tool (Figure 20);
Layers properties, to change the layers display. Click on the layer then on the Layer properties tool. Different tab sections will appeared. On the first one, Aboutyou can change the layer’s title. On the second one, Display you can change the display, the opacity of the layer or its format, by choosing or not to have a transparent layer (Figures 21);
The user can also filter the layer’s information by clicking on the Limit with filters case. At first, choose the element you want to filter in the attribute table. Then, chose a mode from those who are proposed (equal to, between X and Y, less than, greater than, etc.), then chose the limit value that you want. You can click on Query on the header on the top of the page (Figure 22) to help you in the selection of data and to know the codes and values in the attribute table.
The scale can also be used in order to filter the information by clicking on Limit by scale. Then you will be able to enter a minimal value (Min Scale) and a maximal value (Max scale) in which the layer will not display on the viewer during your changing scales. The layer will only be displayed with the selected values with this tool (Figure 23);