This user guide presents the Map service for the public administration and its functions. The service allows you to use geographic information datasets to create maps views, to look at different datasets by opening map layers separately or several superimposed semi-transparent map layers simultaneously and to embed maps on your own organisation’s web site.
This user guide introduces you to the principles of how to use the service. Furthermore, the interactive help function of the Map service for public administration provides additional help.
How to use the map and create your own data
The Map service for the public administration enables you to use the map layers provided by the service to create map views of your own. You can also use your own objects or data from your own organisation’s interface. The map views that you create can be embedded on your organisation’s web site.
The Map service for the public administration has a user interface where you can create and edit your map views. It also includes the maps that you have embedded before; they are downloaded from the server and shown on your website when a user opens a web page containing a map.
You can pan the map to a desired location by dragging the map or by using the arrows in the round arrow sign in the upper right-hand corner of the map window. When searching for a particular location, it is best to use Location Search.
You can zoom in and out to a desired scale step by stepwith the help of + and - buttons next to the scale bar or directly by using the scale bar. You can also zoom in and out with the scroll wheel of your mouse and zoom in by double-clicking the map.
Restoring default view. When you open the Map service for the public administration the first view that opens is the default view. If you are viewing a map that has been edited, you can clear the map at any time and return to the start view by using the function “Restore default view”; this function can be accomplished by clicking the middle arrow in the arrow sign in the upper right-hand corner of the map window.
The coordinates are based on the pointer’s location on the map.
The index map shows in which part of Finland the map view is located. You can also embed an index map in connection with your map by using the function “Create map”. The index map can be shown and hidden in connection with the embedded map view by clicking the right lower corner of the map window.
The Location Search menu allows you to search by place name and directly pan to a desired location.
The Map Layers menu allows you to search, select and review datasetsused in the service. They have been sorted according to themes and data providers.
The menu Selected Layers shows you what datasets the map view is currently showing. You can change the order of the map layers, adjust their opacity and delete them. The number of the layers selected in the window is shown next to the name of the menu.
The menu My Data saves all your objects and all the maps that you have embedded. This menu also allows you to cancel a map’s publication. You can also see your user information and change it. This function becomes available after you have logged into the service.
The menu Create Map allows you to embed maps views that you have created and that you can embed on your organisation’s web site. This function becomes available after you have logged into the service.
The menu Legends contains a description of the map symbols used in different map layers (descriptions are only available for some of the map layers).
The menu Map User Guide contains these instructions.
Please note: When you edit map views you can always return to the default view, cancel the change you have made or redo it. The tools enabling these functions are found under the menu bar on the left. Restoring default view is the same function as the function that can be accomplished by clicking the middle arrow in the arrow sign in the upper right-hand corner of the map window. The default view does not allow you to return to the previous view.
Map views are created by using the map layers found in the menu Map Layers. If you have created your own map layers before, you can find them under the tab “By theme” --> “My layers“. The view can be finished off by using the functions in the menu Selected layers.
How to create a map view:
- Use the menu Map layers to view the map layers available.
- You can change the order of the map layers through the menu Selected layers and by dragging the layers into the desired order. If needed, you can also adjust the opacity of the layers.
With the help of the menu “Selected layers”, you can hide, show and delete map layers, adjust their opacity and view the status of the maps.
If the map layer you have selected contains object data, you can show it with the help of the "Object data" link. The link opens a table that contains all objects within the area of the map view and their attribute data. You can save the table as a CSV or Excel file with the help of the "Export dataset" button in the top right corner of the table.
The Map service for the public administration also enables you to add your own objects on the map. The object can be a dot, a line or an area that has name and a description. After you have added an object on the map, click “Save” . Now you can save the object in one of your own map layers or create a new map layer.
You can gather objects that have the same theme together and present them in a similar way (presentation styles are determined by layers, not by objects). Saving own objects can be done if you have logged into the service; this also applies to revising and deleting objects.
Where can you find your objects?
You can find your objects via the tab “Places” and its menu “My data”.
Viewing own objects
You can view your objects by clicking their names on the tab ”Places”.
Editing data concerning own objects
You can edit the data concerning your own objects by using the function ”Edit”.
Editing presentation style of objects
You can edit the presentation style of objects by using the function ”Edit layer”. Presentation styles are according to layer.
Deleting own objects
You can delete your own objects from map layers by using the function ”Delete”.
The objects that you have saved can be found on the tab ”Places” via the menu ”My data”. If you click the name of the object, the map view will pan to show the object in question.
Own map layers
You can save your objects on your own map layers. When marking your objects on a map layer you can only use one presentation style. This way with the help of map layers you can separate different themes from each other. A list of “My map layers” can be found on the tab ”Places” under the menu ”My data”.
Creating new map layers
You can create new map layers by clicking ”Add layer” on the tab “Places”. If needed, you can also create a new layer later when saving or editing the object.
Viewing own map layers
You can view your own map layers by clicking ”My layers” in the menu ”Map layers”. Another way of viewing your own map layers is to choose the desired layer in the menu ”My data” on the tab ”Places” and click an object on it (the map view will focus upon the selected object).
Editing and deleting own map layers
You can edit the names of the map layers and their presentation styles by clicking “Edit layer” on the tab “Places”.
Embedding own map layers
You can embed own map layers by choosing them via the menu ”Map layers”.
You can import your own spatial datasets into the Map service for the public administration. The dataset should be zip packed and have the file format gpx, kml/kmz, mid/mif or shp. The size of the dataset to be transferred has been restricted. The application alerts the user when the maximum limit has been exceeded.
Select the file that you want to import. Give the dataset a name, description and data source as well as define the presentation style for dots, lines and areas. Press "Send", after which the dataset is imported into the Map service for the public administration.
You can find your own datasets in the menu My Data on the tab Datasets and in the menu Map layers under Own datasets.
Publishing own datasets
You can publish own datasets by choosing them via the menu "Map layers".
Own interface services
Your organisation's own interface services can be added to be used in the Map service for the public administration.
You can embed the map views that you have created and present them on your own organisation’s website by copying the maps’ HTML code on your organisation’s website. Begin the embedding process in the menu “Create map”. You can use the creating function after logging into the service.
To use the simplest way of creating an embedded map, you only need to define the map’s name and size as well the address of the web page where you want to embed the map. If you want, you can also select the tools that will be shown with the map, such as the scale bar and the location search.
The function ”Map layers” allows you to define one or more alternative map layers that the viewer can switch between (e.g. aerial image and background map). The viewer always sees one of the selected map layers. For example Background map and Orthophotos are good options for layers. With the help of the preview map, you can immediately see the effect of the function.
At the last stage of the embedding process you will be provided with some lines of html-code – copy the code and attach it to the web page where you want to embed your map.
Editing an embedded map
You can find the maps that you have embedded via the tab “Embedded maps” and its menu ”My data”.
- Open the map that you want to edit by clicking the link ”Edit” in the listing of embedded maps in the Map service for the public administration.
- Make the modifications you want.
- Choose ”Replace”. This updates the embedded map with the modifications that you have made; you do not need to recopy the html code on the web page.
- The modifications will become visible automatically after a short time lag.
Please note: if you change the size of the map window, you have to copy and paste the HTML code to your web page because the size of the map window is defined in the HTML code.
Editing with the help of parameters
Certain modifications, such as changing language, can also be made with the help of parameters. Embedded maps can be edited with the help of the following parameters:
Language of the map
The root URL includes a language parameter which can be edited in order to the change the language of the embedded map. At the moment the supported language alternatives are:
The other parameters are added at the end of the URL that is produced by the embedding function:
Metric coordinates in ETRS-TM35FIN-form
- &coord=123456_1234567 (i.e. E and N)
- The coordinate E (east-west) has 6 figures and the coordinate N (north-south) 7 figures
Pointing the center marker
Centering a map with the help of address (requires all the parameters)
- &address=street name_address number_locality
- The address numbers may only contain numbers, e.g. address numbers of the type 4., 1-5 or 5a do not allowed because the NLS address number data are distributed at regular distances along each side of the road without the information about address numbers that include hyphens or letters.
Level of scale
- &zoomLevel=3 (values between 0-12, where 0 means the entire Finland and where 12 is the largest scale)