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The Economic Development (EconDev) version of the Web maps presents a tailored, four-map view for comparison purposes. This help page describes the differences in this layout from the standard WebMap view.

WebMap Overview

The standard WebMap view and how it is used is described on the How to Use the WebMap page. This common widget is based in part on Google Maps. This widget is most easily found under the Maps main menu item, but also is what appears when you choose a Map tab on displays elsewhere throughout the portal. You should first become familiar with the How to Use the WebMap help page before learning about the more advanced features used in the EconDev map layout, described below.

The standard WebMap view and the EconDev map layout share these same functions:

  • Search and filtering
  • Navigation
  • Results listing and selections
  • Street views (person icon), and
  • Saving and sharing.

Again, these are described under the standard WebMap help page.

Overview of the EconDev Map Layout

Note: Because of some interface updates, the Filter sections shown in screenshots below have had two label changes: Sources -> Datasets, and Kinds -> Categories.

The EconDev map layout provides a four-map view with many additional features. The following diagram keys some of these differences:

EconDev Multi-map Layout

These are some of the key aspects of this multi-map view keyed by number:

  1. Like many of the other layouts on the NOW portal, depending on the given area or topic at hand, there may be multiple other page types you can navigate to, such as Maps, Links, Topics, Census, etc. Also there are standard descriptive and contact tabs
  2. The Search function on the EconDev layout is restricted to the three sub-maps that appear below the main navigational map
  3. As with the standard WebMap, you can move, zoom, or initiate a street view on the four various maps
  4. The same Save and map management actions as for the standard WebMap are provided for the EconDev layout
  5. There are also a varieity of background map layers available for this layout (see further below)
  6. Three color-coded selection (or focal) boxes are provided for moving and managing the three sub-maps (see further below)
  7. The currently active sub-menu is denoted by the thicker, colored map border. The currently active sub-menu is also the one that governs the results listing presently being shown. (Note: to see this in action, click amongst the three sub-menus and see how the results listing changes)
  8. Filtering by sources (datasets), kinds or attributes works the same as what was described for the standard WebMap
  9. As noted, the currently active results set and its pagination of results is determined by which sub-menu is active. In this case, see arrows, it is the green sub-menu on the right.

Moving and Managing the Sub-Maps

Each sub-map is denoted by a focal box on the main navigational map:

Focus Box

The size of the focal box (with a minimum size to maintain visibility) is related to the dimensions of each color-coded sub-map. Moving a focal box on the main navigation map causes the sub-map to scroll or pan; similarly, moving or zooming a sub-map causes its focal box to change size or position on the main navigation map.

You must re-size using the sub-map (which then causes the rectangle size to change on the main map). You may also pan the sub-maps (which then causes the rectangle to move on the main map). The results list at the lower left is determined by which of the three sub-maps is selected (as indicated by the heavier bottom border). 

Background and Layer Options

With the standard controls, you can re-size, pan and zoom or invoke the street view from each sub-map:

A Basic Sub-map

You can choose to use zoning parcels as your standard background image:

Zoning Layer

. . . or you may select assessment parcels:

Assessment Layer

Further, you can change your map background tiling to a satellite view:

Satellite Background View

. . . or an aerial view:

Aerial Background View

. . . or a major Winnipeg streets view:

Streets Background View

Zoning Key

Finally, also note you can bring up a popup (see #8 above) that shows you the various color-coding associated with zoning parcels in the City:

Zoning Legend

Searching and Filter Selections

See the Searching and Filter Selections under the How to Use the WebMap page.

Saving and Sharing Your Filters

These filters all work in conjunction with each other. If you like a particular set of selections and want to view them later, then you may Save for later use. See further the How to Save Filter Selections document.