These are instructions for Mappers. If you just want to explore our sites, please just click on the Web Map tab above. Enjoy!

How to become a Mapper

Step 1. Create a new account by clicking on this link and adding your email address and a user name (you can change the user name later).

Step 2. The system will send you a confirmation email: click on the enclosed URL link to confirm your email address and to active you account ("role" = "authenticated")

Step 3. Send an email to an Administrator (like for example ken,, BUT ANY STUDENT ADMIN WOULD WORK!) asking to have your account "role" upgraded to "administrator". Ken will do this and send you a confirmation email. Then you will be able to add posts to the webmap and to re-work the site.

Step 4. Ken will go here ( and "Edit" a User, changing their role to "administrator"

How to add a post to the webmap

Step 1. Make sure you are logged in

Step 2. Click "Web Map"

Step 3. Click "Add new site" link

  • Add title [mandatory]
  • Select category (this will determine which icon is used) [mandatory]
  • Select a Data Quality level. (CAUTION: A word about data quality. We are using two pull down menus to select (1) the layer the points is associated with, and (2) the 'quailty' of the point. If you are sure of the locationfor the point, select 'Checked adn OK'. If not so sure, mark it for checking. Thanks!)
  • Add info to the Body section. This could be opening times, contact people or what's available, for example.
  • Add a picture by clicking "Attached Images" and selecting one or Uploading.
  • Click "Submit", then close window and reload page

Step 3b. Drag an existing point to a better location

  • Drag point
  • Scroll down and click "Submit"

Step 2. Collect all the information you need for your new site: the category, the title, the text description. Click on webmap tab above. Cl

How to add images to you map posts

Step 1. Open the image you want to upload and scale it to some reasonable dimensions. A good freeware tool for this is IrfanView ( Try a width of 512 pixels. Check the size of the image; the system will not let you upload images larger than 1 MB.

Step 2. When you create a new "node" (like when you are using the map... Geobrowser > Add New Site), scroll down through the options and click "File attachments"

Step 3. 'Browse' on your computer to the file/image (JPG TIF GIF PNG) you want on attach to the node, click 'Open', then Attach

Step 4. Once the upload is complete, look below the attachment listing, it should look like a long URL - use you mouse to select part of the path...

e.g. and copy...

Step 5. Type a little html code in your node Body. E.g.

Step 6. Add text around the image...

Step 7. THIS IS CRITICAL: scroll to the node section labelled "Input Format" and make sure you select "Full HTML"

Step 8. Scroll down and click Submit! The target="_blank" means the link will open in a new Tab (or Page).

How to add an html link

Add this text:

Here's the result:

UVic Mapping Site

Make sure you include the "!

How to change Category names and images

Step 1. Log in

Step 2. Go to

Step 3. Under Operations, click Edit for any of the Category Terms to change the name

Step 4. Same for the Category Image... click Edit and then scroll down and upload a new image

NOTE! It is good practice to have no spaces in file names. "yellow_leaf.png" is much better than "yellow leaf.png". Also, the icons are sized 32 pixels by 32 pixels, so it is better for YOU to do the resizing, rather than Drupal to do it on the fly (which it will). If you really want larger icons, go to and change the icon size...

Go to this link for more instructions

On this site you will find instructions on:
- How to design icons
- Adding & moving points
- How to become a mapper or moderator
- Adding categories / sub-categories - (for Moderators/Administrators)
- Adding a category image (map icon) - (for Moderators/Administrators)
- More Icon Development Material

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