FAQ

How do I get started as a mapmaker?

You can create your account on the Register page.

In order to start creating maps, you first need to create a team that will own that map. To make a new team, click on + in the menu bar and choose Team, then fill in the fields.

After a team has been set up, you can create a map. To get to the map creation page, use the same + button and choose Map.

How do I make a map or feature public?

You will notice that the sites, maps, and teams added on the platform are by default private. In order to make them visible for users who are not logged in or not in your team, you can make them public. Here's how:

Sites

  • While browsing a site, you can use the Make public button on the site's page.
  • While editing the site, you can use the is public toggle in the right pane.
  • If you want to make more sites public at once, you can use the list view on the Browse Sites page. Select the sites you want to make public using the checkbox, and then you can publish them with the publish button from the bottom bar.

Maps

Go on the Edit page of the map, and use the is public toggle in the right pane.

How do I make it open for the public to participate to map their sites?

If a map is public, the public can propose sites for it using the Add a site option in the menu, or by right-clicking somehwere on the map view and selecting Propose a site. These sites will be by default private, so that they can be reviewed by the map's team before appearing on the map publicly.

What levels of access are there within the same mapping project?

Access levels are defined per team and apply to all maps and iconsets owned by the team. Within a team, a user can be a guest, a member, a leader or owner. We maintain a mapping of the rights based on these roles here.

Is it possible to search and filter by icon?

Yes! On the main page, at https://new.opengreenmap.org/, you can use the funnel icon to the right of the search field to filter by one or more icons.

How are pictures stored?

Pictures added to sites, maps, teams, and icons need to be uploaded on the platform, and are stored in the platform's database. They are deleted once the record assciated to them is removed, or when removing the picture with the delete functionality of the app.

How are the icons defined?

Icons are grouped in icon sets. So you can:

  • add an icon to an existing icon set by editing it, from Manage -> Icons
  • or create a new icon set for the icon, from the + menu item, and then selecting Icon set.

What basemaps are used on the platform?

We currently offer the Open Street Map and Stamen basemaps.

Can I use custom basemaps?

Not right now. We hope to add this soon.

How do I get the answer to a question not listed here?

If you have other questions, please contact us at hello@giscollective.com, we would be happy to answer them! Alternatively, if you have an issue with the app, you can raise it on our Gitlab issues list.

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