Frequently Asked Questions

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Interactive Maps: Basic Navigation

Mouse Only

  • Click and drag to pan
  • SHIFT + Click to recenter
  • SHIFT + Drag to zoom in
  • SHIFT + CTRL + Drag -zoom out
  • Mouse Scroll Forward -zoom in
  • Mouse Scroll Backward -zoomout
  • Double Click to Center -zoom in

Keyboard Only

  • Use Arrow keys to pan
  • + key to zoom in a level
  • - key to zoom out a level

Interactive Maps: Main Toolbar


  1. Legend: displays the meaning of the symbols, colors and styles used to represent geographic data on the map.
  2. Layer List: A layer represents geographic data, such as a particular theme of data. This information can be toggled on and off to display different data sets on the map.
  3. Add Data: Our public gallery offers items that can enhance your map. Additionally, there is the ability to add your own file or rest services. We suggest that you create a public account for ArcGIS Online. An ArcGIS public account is a free account that is available for individuals to create and share content with limits on usage. To create an ArcGIS Public Account please visit this page. Download the following Quick Start Guide for step by step instructions.
  4. Draw and Measure: Points, lines, and polygons are basic drawing elements. To create and edit a drawing element as point, line, or polygon use this tool.
  5. More: Sisplays a menu of additional features:
  • Select Provides zooming, panning, and flashing capabilities. Create a layer or display statistics.
  • Print Provides print and download capabilities via a .PDF of the onscreen map.
  • Bookmark Allows the user to zoom to a particular area. We have 18 areas bookmarked for your convenience, Downtown, College Town and Woodville to name a few.
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Interactive Maps: Map Functions

zoomIn Zoom In: Allows the user to zoom into the map i.e., a close-up view.

zoomOut Zoom Out: Allows the user to zoom out of the map i.e., see more of the map via a reduced size.

default Default Extent: "Resets" the map extent to the extent of the currently selected default basemap.

location My Location: Users will be able to see their location on a map once they authorize the mapping application to "Know their location."

next Previous Extent: Similar to a back button the previous extent returns the map to the prior viewed extent.

previous Next Extent: ??

mapSearch2 Search: Select from the drop down to view the layers you can search on. If you are unsure use all.

basemaps Basemaps: Provides a list of available basemaps and allows you to switch the background.

Pictometry2 Pictometry: This launches a separate window that allows you to view oblique imagery. In general, aerial photographs can be classified as vertical or oblique. The axis of the camera in a vertical photograph is pointed toward the ground as vertically as possible (Nadir), while the axis of the camera in an oblique photograph is angled toward the ground.

enhanced2 Enhanced Search: Used to search for and select features in the current map. Various search options such as buffer distance, point, line, etc.

Downloading GIS Data: Full Dataset

hubDownloadThe dataset details pages in the GeoData Hub include a button for downloading data.

When you click the Download button,a pane will expand from the right side of your browser. This is your My Data pane. options will appear from which you can choose one of four file formats:

  1. CSV
  2. KML
  3. Shapefile
  4. GeoJSON

Downloading a full dataset is as simple as clicking one of the four choices from this section. Via the Download options in the My Data pane, you will be given the choice between generating the latest data or previously generated data. Once the dataset is chosen a status message, such as "We are updating the file. This may take some time." will alert you that you information is being processed for download.

Clicking on any of the options will initiate a download of a corresponding ZIP (.zip) file from the portal.

Downloading GIS Data: Filtered Dataset

filtersTo download a filtered dataset you must first set the filter. The filter can be found on the toolbar connected to the My Data pane

After you have set your filter, click the Download Data button from the toolbar connected to the My Data pane and choose one of the four file formats. The rest of the file download process for a partial dataset is identical to the process for a full dataset.

Downloading GIS Data: Additional Resources

At the bottom of My Data Pane there is a section headed "Additional Resources" you will find a link to the datasets which are related to the dataset you are viewing, but which are stored in a file format that is not supported by the GeoData Huba platform, the Rest End Point.

GIS Metadata

Our spatial data catalogue displaying our AGOL metadata can be found on the Data Dictionary page.