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What is RWGIS ?

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Bruno Magoni
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RWGIS is a web-based mapping interface to the biodiversity data held by Musée national d'histoire naturelle, Luxembourg. It provides the ability to access maps of species and habitat data as well as to view, report and download the underlying data according to your level of access to the system.

 

The following screenshot shows RWGIS when you first access it, with each section of the screen marked.

rwgis_mapscreen

 

The main map view contains the following sections:

Section Description
1 - Simple search Facilities to do a basic search for species or habitats by name or status, with or without a filter on the place.
2 - Advanced search Provides facilities to build flexible queries to your own specification.
3 - Search Management Tools to create extra search layers and reset the contents of a search layer.
4 - Map Navigation Map toolbar allowing map history, a choice of navigation or selection tools, a facility to find places and spatial references plus a display of the spatial reference the mouse is currently over.
5 - Layers Selector A simple hierarchy allowing selection of the base map, overlays and grids to display on the map.
6 - Data Precision A list of the available precisions for displaying occurrence data at.
7 - Map The main map view, including navigation and zoom tools (top left), a scale (bottom left) and a map overview (bottom right).
8 - Map Legend

This displays a list of the currently visible layers, with an icon representing the appearance of each layer.

When building an advanced search, the Map Legend area is replaced by the Filter Builder panel.
9 - Search results grid Initially the search results are hidden at the bottom of the page, but you can access this area when you need to view the details of records returned by a search.

 

The RWGIS screen is composed of several panels which contain the sections described. The panels can be collapsed or expanded as you require by clicking the chevron buttons in the corners rwgis_mapscreen

This allows you to make the best use of your screen to display the map image. Note that the Search results grid section is the only panel which starts collapsed, since loading a map is faster without loading the grid content for the associated data.

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