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You can create a map in your APAN Community. Maps may assist you provide location specific information to your Group or Site. You may wish to review both Group and Site map content to determine what type of maps that you prefer in an effort to identify what community type your team needs. APAN is working toward enhancing mapping and GIS capabilities. If you do not see a mapping feature your team needs, please create a ticket or contact APANs Help Desk.
The first part of working with the mapping features is to enable the functionality.
Within APAN you can either add external or internal data to your map.
Internal data refers to geotagged content that is posted within your community. When geotagged, geospatial data is added to the map for each Media Gallery, Forum, Wiki and Blog.
To display thumbnail images within a map marker's info window, an image must be added to a blog or media gallery.
To post an image to a blog:
At this time, points, lines and polygons can be added under the default layer.
Currently Group Owners only have permissions.
Geotagging associates content(documents, photographs, blog posts, forum posts, etc.) with a physical location (City, State, Country, Ocean, Lat/Long, etc.) and place a map with an icon for the content below the post.
For example, the Blog Post has been Geotagged with "Honolulu, Hawaii".
By default all Groups on APAN will have Automatic Geotagging turned off. Enable mapping features to geotag content. The Automatic Geotagging process works by recognizing geographical references in the content of the post and then automatically adding Geotags for that content. For example, if a user posts a Word document and then puts in the description the phrase “the meetings take place in New York City, NY” then the Word document will be automatically Geotagged in New York City, see example below.
Automatic Geographical references:
For certain Geotags (such as City or State) the surrounding text in the post will be used to assist in finding the correct location. For example, if the post just has “NY” in the description with no context it may not be Geotagged, but if the sentence says “New York City, NY” it will be Geotagged.
If users do not want their post Geotagged they can uncheck the auto-geo tag this post box when creating the post
When a photograph is taken with a mobile device, such as an iPhone, Android phone, or digital camera, the photograph will contain geospatial data which will associate location information with the photograph. For example, if a photograph is taken in front of the White House with an iPhone the photograph will most likely contain geographical information for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NorthwestWashington, DC 20500.
If a photograph with geospatial data is posted to APAN then the post will be automatically Geotagged.
Manual Geotagging is the process of typing in a Latitude and Longitude or adding a place marker to the map under a post. This can be done by typing the Latitude/Longitude in or using the place marker icon and zooming in to the exact location the user would like to use as the Geotag.
Manual Geotags override any Automatic Geotags.
Once a post has been published users can editgeotags by clicking edit on the post andupdate place markers.
Once a post has been published users can delete geotags by clicking edit on the post and deleteplace markers.
Yes, when creating or editing a blog post, go to Options
Note - Make sure that your APAN profile Time Zone matches your computer time zone or time/date will be incorrect
There are two ways that the user can zoom to be able to more accurately filter a specific time range:
When zoomed in on a particular time period, there are two ways the user can pan the timeline to be able to explore different ranges: