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Extractive Industries Mapping Online GIS platform user guide (version 1.1)


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Layout of the GIS platform as highlighted in red in Figure 1.0 Layout Key




Data layer toggle menu

These are used to display or hide feature layers on the map. They have been categorized for easier data layer identification

Toolbar menu

Contains most of the tools used to interact with the map and perform spatial analyses


This shows all visible layers on the map; their symbol and descriptive name of the layers

Visible map area for features to be displayed. All map interaction



Map Area

Statistics pane

Allows for displaying various statistics in graphs and charts format for quick and easy decision making

Data layer toggle menu

Figure 2.0

By moving the mouse over these categories, the sub menu items will be reveal. Click on the layer name once to display it on the map and click on the same layer name to remove it from the map. This menu is used to make visible on the map data layers existing in the database. Each menu item is a description of the category of layers users are expected to find under the item. Eg: Ore deposit menu item displays a list of mineral deposit currently in the spatial database as (Gold deposit, Manganese deposit, Bauxite deposit, Other deposit)

Toolbar menu






Legend tool when clicked shows the legend window (figure 3.0) for the map. Click the “X� to hide the legend window and increase the map area for map viewing

Figure 3.0


2 i)

Buffer Tool

Enter buffer distance in the text box and click the buffer button to activate the mouse pointer as a buffer tool.

ii) Click any area of interest to draw a buffer around the point of interest. Below in figure 4.0 is an example of the buffer tool in use: buffer drawn is cyan circle on the map which is a 70km buffer

Figure 4.0


Print tool

Use the print tool to print out a copy of the composed map in any of the format and page layout available when you click the print dropdown arrow. (See figure 5.0 on right side for available print options.) Depending on the quality of your internet speed, you may wait a while to get the map output in a new window

5 Search tool

This pane allows you to search for items on the map Figure 5.0

Type the item to search for and click the search button to search for item


Measure tool

Click on the measure tool to show the tool menu on the map window. The menu consist of i) Area measurement (click this tool to and draw this area by clicking identifiable vertices on the map to calculate the area of the constructed polygon) ii) Distance measurement (click this tool to calculate distance between two or more points) iii) Point locator (click to activate the tool and click again anywhere on the map to get the coordinate of the place clicked) iv) Measurement units (click dropdown to choose corresponding units of measurement for the current operation)

Figure 7.0

Note: All the results of the measurements are displayed at the left bottom of the measurement menu window

Legend When the legend toolbar item is clicked, this window appears, showing a list of layers that are currently on the map. This gives you the ability to easily interpret the map. Click the “X� to hide the legend and increase the map area for map viewing and interactivity. Note: Depending on the visible scale set for a layer, it can be listed in the legend but would not be visible on the map until the map is zoomed in to the set extent. A few layers have this implementation Figure 8.0

Map Area This is the actual area for map and layer display. The area can be extended by closing the legend window. Click anywhere on the map to display a popup with information on the selected or highlighted Feature as depicted in figure 9.0 below

There is a scalebar at the bottom left corner of the map area and the developer’s logo at the bottom right corner of the map area The top left corner has the map area’s own zoom +/- tool for easy access. Most analyses and tools open up within the map area or utilized on the map within the map area. This is like the workbench for most operations. Below is a snapshot of the map area: Popup window displaying attributes of selected feature on map, including some charts with the attribute information and pictures, etc

Figure 9.0

Charts pane

This pane allows you to view charts and graphs associated to various menu items that a user selects Once a menu item is selected to display data, its corresponding charts are displayed The charts are categorized according to production information, revenue information and employment information