Overview of Map Builder

Map Builder is a tool to create maps. Map Builder’s maps are more advanced than those simply created within the Map tab of a published dataset because you can overlay as many datasets as you want in the same map, creating different data layers. This specificity thus makes these maps great for enriching your data by crossing them together. You can also group your layers and edit their descriptions and titles in order to obtain and share a map finely designed to meet specific needs and purposes.

Overview of Map Builder

Map Builder has 2 modes:

  • Edition, to create and configure your map to define what it will look like to the final map viewers
  • Preview, to see what your map looks like to the final map viewers

Map Builder, in Edition mode, is also split into 3 parts:

  • the layer editing area
  • the Map Builder menu
  • the interactive, multi-layered map

Overview of the layer editing area of Map Builder

Overview of the layer editing area in Map Builder

The layer editing area is located on the right-hand side of your page, right next to the map. Through this part of Map Builder, you can create a multiple layers map.

If you haven’t started creating your map, you will only see a link, Add a dataset to this map, to add your first dataset and thus start the creation of your first map. Afterward, this section will display:

  • all your added datasets
  • Edit, a link to access the visualization configuration options of the related dataset
  • Add a dataset to this map, a link to add a new dataset to your map

Overview of the Map Builder menu

Overview of the Map Builder menu

The Map Builder menu is located at the very top of the map. Through this part of Map Builder, you can rename and save a map, manage your maps, reorder and group layers in a map, configure your map and share your map.

It displays the following information, action buttons and submenus:

  • My Maps, to manage your maps, including your not-yet-saved maps (drafts)
  • the title of your map
  • a switch button, whether you want to display Map Builder in an edition or in a preview mode
  • Order and groups, to manage in what order your datasets are displayed and to group your datasets together
  • Configuration, to define which features will be activated when your map is in preview or view mode
  • Save, to save your map
  • Share, to access links to share your map as a link, inside an iframe or as a widget pasted in a page

Overview of the interactive map of Map Builder

Overview of the interactive map in Map Builder

The interactive map displays your data. You can navigate on your Map Builder map to play with this data.