You’ve made the perfect map; data layers are customized, map is zoomed to your location, and data points have been added and filter. Now you want to share this wonderful map with others. The icons on the top right of the map will allow you to save and share your maps. All printed maps, tables, and reports will store a copy in your My Saved Work, allowing you to log into your account at any time and download a copy or reopen a saved copy.
Print – the print feature allows a user to download a map to save offline. Printed maps can then be used in an electronic document like a Word or PowerPoint file or simply printed out to have a hard copy. Selecting the icon will open a window with some options for your printout.
- Filename – Change the name of the file that is downloaded.
- Text size – Increase the font size of the map title, data description, and legend text.
- Landscape or Portrait – Select to have your map display as a vertical or horizontal map.
- PDF or PNG – Each format offers a different use but all can be used in an electronic document like Word or PowerPoint. PNGs are graphic files which offer more customization options like re-sizing, cropping, or scaling.
- Title – This will allow you to edit the Map Title, or you can remove the Map Title completely from the exported map.
- Include Legend(s) – Remove the legend (or legends) from the exported map.
- Data Layer description – This will allow you to edit the data description, or you can remove the description completely from the exported map.
- Cut out selected location(s) – This will give you the ability to export a map which will only shade in the area of their location; sometimes called “island printing”. Learn more about how island printing works here.
- Add print margins – This will add a 1/2 inch margin around the map area.
After you have selected the Export button, the file will download directly onto your computer through the browser.
Download Data – gives users the ability to download any public data currently loaded. There are 3 different types of data that can be downloaded:
- Layer which is data aggregated to geographies like tracts, counties, and states,
- Points which is address level data,
- Points with Layer Data which is the ability to download address/point data joined to a geography and layer data.
Check out the tutorial on the Download Data tool.
Tables and 3-Layer Maps offer additional options to download data , with See Values for data layers and See List for data points in Tables and Download Layers and Download Points for 3-Layer Maps, respectively.
Save – saving a map will save the location, data layer, and any point data added. You can customize the name by editing the title or opt for the default name. All saved maps will be available to retrieve in My Saved Work.
My Saved Work – stores all your saved work throughout PolicyMap. Saved maps, tables, and 3-Layer maps will save the data for the time of creation and reopening the saved work will automatically open the most recent updated data.
Reports and Lists will save a copy of the work as a PDF or CSV. These are will allow you capture the data for that period.
Share allows users to share maps with other PolicyMap users or the public in a variety of ways. There are some limitations to the Share feature, mainly that users cannot share maps with subscription datasets or features overlaid. Luckily, over 80% of the data on PolicyMap can be shared and only a few map features are not sharable.
Link allows users to quickly create a URL link to share with others. This link will open the map to the exact location of the map with all the data and any customization done to the data.
Email sends that link to another user or multiple users. Users can write a custom message with the link.
The recipient will receive an email with a unique URL. The URL will take them to the exact map that was shared; zoomed to the same location, data layers and/or points added, and any filters placed.
Embed Map allows users to add an interactive map onto their own website or forum. Embedded Maps have many of the same functions as the Maps tool; users can pan around the map and select a point or layer for more information.
Users can choose one of the three default size options or enter custom size that best fits their needs. The map title and legend are optional.
The Embed Map feature will give a simple HTML iframe code that can be added onto a website.
Embed Maps are delivered as an “iframe code” so the HTML for an embedded map could look like this;
<iframe src="https://www.policymap.com/embedmap_dyn?lqid=237782" named="embeddedmap" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" frameborder="0" width="1024" height="500" >Click here to interact with map.</iframe>
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And the interactive map would then appear like this on your website (click onto an area on the map or pan around);
There are some limitations and unique subscriber features with the Embed Map feature.
- Only publicly available data layer and data points can be embedded
- Subscription features like custom regions cannot be embedded
- Subscribers that use the Data Loader can embed a map with your own data! When setting up the dataset, set access to Publicly Shareable.
Social allows users to share maps on their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn pages. These shared posts will have an image of the map and data, link back to PolicyMap, and let users add additional text.
The ability to Print and Save is universal throughout the PolicyMap tool. Users can print and save Tables, Reports, and 3-Layer Maps. The ability to Share is unique to the Maps page for now, while Download Data is available in Maps, Tables, and 3-Layer Maps.
To read a full guide on all features on PolicyMap, please look at our Primer available here