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  1. Launching the Interactive Map

    From the MAGIC home page, the interactive mapping tool can be accessed in two ways:

    1. Hover the mouse pointer over the ‘Maps’ box, at the top-right of the screen. From the drop-menu, select the ‘Interactive Map’ option:

    Interactive Map

    2. Simply click the large ‘Get Started’ button:

    Get Started



  2. Navigating the Website

    The MAGIC website is intuitive, and offers a fluid user experience. As an aid, these navigational pointers may be of some benefit.

    Any standard link that can be clicked will be displayed as a generic blue hyperlinked text element:

    Hyperlink

    Some buttons will act as drop-menus. These do not need to be clicked. Simply hovering the pointer over the element will show the embedded options nested within:

    Dropwdown

    Some of the elements within the Interactive Map have an arrow inset. Clicking the arrow will drop-down the menu options:

    Arrow

    Table of Contents elements, in the Interactive Map, will have a + or a – symbol beside each text identifier. Clicking the + will expand the accordion down, and show the data elements within it. When the symbol is a -, there are no deeper data layers to expose:

    Table of Contents

  3. Downloading a Dataset

    From the home page scroll the cursor over the Maps tab and select Dataset Download from the drop down list

    Dataset Download

    The downloadable datasets are split into 2 options, those that are directly available from the site and those which are available from an external website.

    Download options

    Direct Download - From the Dataset column, find the desired data and click on the hyperlink.

    Direct Download

    You are met with a Terms and Conditions page which you must Accept to obtain the Dataset.

    You are then shown the Datasets which can be downloaded in two common mapping formats.  To begin the download, click on the preferred file type.

    Direct Download

    Link to Website - From the Dataset column, find the desired data and click on the hyper link.

    Link to Website

  4. Static Maps

    Static maps have been produced for a number of individual datasets, where the data is not always visible in the interactive map, for example where scale thresholds are imposed on datasets that are too large to be viewed at national scale.

    From the home page scroll the cursor over the Maps tab and select Static Maps from the drop down list.

    staticmaps

    Click on the Name hyperlink to view, print or download the relevant map.

    staticmapsdownload

    The static map will open in a new tab. The location of the Download and Print options will depend on the browser being used. For example with FireFox the print and download options will be at the top right of the screen, as shown below:

    staticmapsbrowser

  5. Navigating around the Map

    The Interactive Map can be navigated in two main ways:

    1. The navigation tools (as pictured) offers a number of options for navigation:

    Navigation Tool

    The top circle allows the map to be navigated in standard compass directions, by clicking the relevant arrow direction.

    The middle arrows are for Previous Extent and Next Extent. Clicking these will move to the last, and the next successive view extent that was viewed.

    The bottom + and – buttons are for zooming in and out of the mapping view.

    2. The Interactive Map can also be navigated with the mouse.

    - Scroll wheel will zoom in and out.
    - Left click, hold and drag will manually pan around the map extent.

  6. Changing the Map Scale

    The current MAGIC interactive map scale is always displayed in the Set Map Scale box which can be found at the top-right of the interactive map page:

    Map Scale

    There are 3 simple ways to change the map scale in MAGIC:

    1. Using a pre-set scale:

    To select from a pre-set range of popular scales, click on the down arrow and select a scale from the drop down list:

    Map Scale

    2. Define your own scale

    If you want the map displayed at a scale that is not listed you can delete the scale that appears in the dark blue box and enter your own scale. Click return and the map will be displayed at your chosen scale:

    Map Scale

    3. Clicking the Map Scale or Map Scale navigation icons on the map to zoom in or out of the map. This will change the map scale by ±50% for each click:

    Map Scale

  7. Using The Table of Contents (ToC)

    To hide or unhide the ToC, click the arrow indicator (in the semi-circle), located to the right of the main ToC frame:

    Hide ToC

    ToC Hierarchy/Structure:

    ToC Structure

    In the ToC there are 2 buttons: expand [+] 1 and collapse [-] 2 and 3 levels of tick box 3a, 3b, 3c:

    ToC Buttons

    1. [+] button. Click to expand the theme or sub-theme in order to see the layers contained within it – the button will change to [-] - note this does not actually turn on any layers.

    2. [-] button. Click to close the theme or sub-theme and hide the layers contained within it – the button will change to [+] - note this does not actually turn off any of the layers it merely hides them in the ToC. When the symbol is a [-], there are no further data layers to expose:

    3. a. Empty tick box tickBox - next to a theme name e.g. Administrative Geographies (orange background) – if this box is clicked it will expand the theme so that the sub-themes can be seen – a tickBoxClick will appear in the box - note it will not select any data layers.

    b. Empty tick box tickBox - next to a sub-theme e.g. Organisational boundaries (grey background) – click this to select all the layers within that sub-theme - a tickBoxClick will appear in the box - click again to turn off the layers and the tickBoxClick will disappear. NB: do not click the empty checkbox unless you want to select ALL the layers in that sub-theme.

    c. Empty tick box tickBox - next to a data layer – click to turn on that layer - a tickBoxClick will appear in the box - click again to turn off the layer and the tickBoxClick will disappear. Please note that some data layers will not appear until certain zoom thresholds have been reached.


    Where a layer name is greyed out in the ToC e.g. Limestone Pavement Orders in the image below, it will not be visible in the interactive map at that scale because it has a scale threshold set on it. This document outlines the scales that layers are visible at.

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    Each MAGIC theme has a variable transparency slider underneath its name. This feature allows users to determine the levels of transparency of the datasets so that the base mapping can be seen more clearly. The far right is total opacity, and the far left is total transparency. Variances in between can easily be set to user preference.

    Transparency Slider

    100% Opacity:

    Transparency100

    50% Opacity:

    Transparency50

    0% opacity i.e. transparent:

    Transparency0

    To view the associated metadata for each ToC layer, click the image001, to the right of the layer name. This will open up the metadata window, which explains the dataset in greater detail:

    Metadata Button

    Metadata

  8. Searching the Map (Search for a feature)

    The Map Search tool, is found at the top-left of the Interactive Map page:

     Map Search Tool

    To perform a search, simply enter a search term, and click the magnifying glass icon, to the left of the search field. The search will perform, and the map will navigate to display the search results.

    For Regions, Counties and Postcodes a blue polygon will appear on the map for the selected area. For Coordinates/Positions a blue dot will appear. To remove the blue point or polygon from the map click on the Clear Selected Feature button Clear above the map.

    There are 3 search types are as follows:
    1. The default search is COUNTY, PLACE OR POSTCODE which allows you to search for any of the following (the search will automatically recognise, from the text you enter, whether it is a county, place or postcode):
    ○    counties
    ○    towns, cities, locations, etc;
    ○    postcodes and postcode areas

    NB: if you want to search by Region or Coordinates/Positions you will need to select the relevant data type by clicking the down arrow icon, on the left of the search field and selecting the relevant data type

    Search Type

    2. REGIONS: allows England regions to be searched (north east, etc.)

    3. COORDINATES / POSITIONS: allows coordinates and grid references to be searched for.

    The Coordinates/Positions search will support a number of different coordinate formats:

    6 digit British National Grid in the format (only for OSGB36 projection): e.g. SX 123 456 (spaces optional)

    Easting & Northing metres (only for OSGB36 projection): e.g. 123456, 234567 or 123456 234567 (, is optional)

    Latitude Longitude pairs in any of the following formats (brackets are optional):

    Degrees, Minutes & Decimal Seconds      e.g.  N (50 49  7.21) W (4 7 1.223)
    Degrees & Decimal minutes:                     e.g.  N (50 49.281) W (4 7.324)
    Decimal degrees with NSEW signs           e.g.  N 50.281 W 4.324
    Decimal degrees with +- signs                   e.g  50.1234 -4.4567 OR -4.4567 50.1234

  9. Map Tools

    There are 11 interactive feature tools on MAGIC – these can be found above the map:

    Feature Tools

    What the tools do:

    Feature Tools

    For some of the tools a pop up window will appear on the map as shown below:

    Feature Tools

    If you find this window is obscuring parts of the map you want to see you can easily move it by clicking on the black banner at the top of the pop-up window and dragging to anywhere else on the screen:

    Feature Tools

    Feature Tools

    See help sections below for information on how each individual tool works.

  10. Using the Drawing Tools

    Drawing Tools can be accessed by clicking the pencil icon in the Feature Tools section at the top of the mapping window:

    Drawing Tool

    EDITING YOUR DRAWINGS

    Editing Graphics

    Select the upward pointing arrow and click on the drawn shape to manually edit, re-size or move it. It also allows for a selected shape to be deleted using the DELETE key on your keyboard.

    ADDING TEXT

    Adding Text

    Select the Text (A) option to manually add text to a point on the map. When clicked, an Input Text box will appear:

    Input Text

    Input your desired text, click ‘OK’, and then click at a point on the map where you wish the text to be displayed. Follow this process for each new text entry you want to add to the map.To enlarge the text on the map, select the upward pointing arrow, click on the text, then drag the selection box to make it larger.

    ADDING POINTS

    Adding Points

    The Point tool allows points to be added to the map, at your chosen location. Multiple points can be added with successive clicks.

    ADDING LINES

    Adding Lines

    Select the Line tool to manually add straight lines to the map (this can include lines with changes of direction). To add a line, select the line tool and click on the map at the start of the line, move and click to continue drawing the line, double click to finish drawing it. Multiple lines can be added to the map using the same method.

    ADDING FREEHAND LINES

    Adding Freehand

    To add a freehand line, simply left click the icon with the squiggle on it and hold to draw and plot the line, and release to complete it. Multiple lines can be added to the map using the same method.

    ADDING RECTANGLES OR SQUARES

    Adding Rectangles

    To add a rectangle or square left click the Rectangle tool (square) then click and drag to define your area, let go to finish. Multiple rectangles or squares can be added to the map using the same method.

    ADDING CIRCLES

    Adding Circles

    The Circle tool works in exactly the same way as the Rectangle tool. The difference is that the user can create circles to their desired size.

    ADDING POLYGONS

    Adding Polygons

    To add a user-defined polygon consisting of a series of straight lines, select the polygon tool and click at each successive point that you wish the polygon to include. This could range from a simple three sided triangle to a more complicated shape of multiple sides and angles. To complete the polygon, double click, and the polygon will be automatically completed and shaded.

    ADDING FREEHAND POLYGONS

    Adding Freehand Polygons

    To add a freehand polygon, left-click the freehand polygon tool and hold as you draw your desired shape, and release to complete. Unlike the standard Polygon tool, the freehand polygon allows for much more versatile and freestyle polygon creation.

    DELETING ALL SHAPES

    Deleting All Shapes

    To remove all user graphics on the map, select the Delete All (x) tool. If confirmed at the prompt, all added graphics will be removed from the map. To remove a single graphic instead, use the editing tool (upward pointing arrow, featured under Editing your Drawings above).

    STYLING TOOLS

    Styling Tools

    The styling tools allows for text, points, lines and shape fills to be given different colours, from a pre-populated selection. The selected colour will apply for the relevant styling until another is chosen. It may be easier to set you colour styling options before you start drawing.

    SAVE THE GRAPHICS

    If you would like to save the graphics you have drawn, for use in your own Geographic Information System (GIS) - click the Export button in the Drawing Tools window.

    The graphics will be converted to shapefile format and a message will appear under the Export button saying Converted OK: Save results. NB you may need to use the scroll bar in the window to scroll down to the bottom to see the message.

    Click on the Save results button and a window will appear asking you to specify the name of the file and the location where you would like to save it to.

    Save the Graphics

  11. Searching the Map Layers

    Search Layer Tool

    To search within a data layer, the layer must be checked in the Table of Contents as visible. When the Search for a Feature icon is clicked, the main search window will open:

    Search for Feature

    To select a data layer for searching, click the arrow image on the right of the Select Layer field. This will display a drop menu of all available options. Only one layer can be searched on at any one time.
    To perform the search, enter a search term in the Enter Search field, and click ‘SEARCH’. The search will execute, and the results will be displayed in the mapping window.

    Search Layer Tool

    The results will be displayed in a data window, with relevant data fields populated. To view a single result within the map, double-click the relevant row or use the tick boxes to view multiple results. To sort the results in alphabetic or numeric order click on any column header.

    Search Layer Tool



  12. Searching for a Dataset

    Search for a Dataset Tool

    To search for a dataset click on the Search for Layers icon, a search window will open.

    Search for a Dataset

    To search for a dataset begin typing in the Enter Search box. As you type the results will begin to filter. You can select the dataset/datasets you are interested in and click on the Display Selected Layers to view them on the map.

    Search for a Dataset

    The Theme column provides information on which theme/themes the datasets sit within. The Min and the Max scale columns provides information on what scales the data can be viewed at.

  13. Using the Site Check Tool

    Before you use the site check tool button, the first thing you need to do is ensure all the layers you want to search are selected (ticked in the Table of Contents (ToC). NB the number of layers you select will affect the speed of the site check - too many layers may result in slow site checks or error messages:

    Site Check Tool

    From the Feature Tools bar above the map select the Site Check button:

    Site Check Button

    A new window will appear:

    Site Check Window

    There are three different options (buttons) for doing a site check which are explained in more detail further down this section:

    tickBox To do a site check at specific point
    tickBoxTo do a site check along a line
    tickBoxTo do a site check within a defined area (polygon)
    tickBoxThis button allows you to delete all site check graphics you have drawn
    tickBoxTicking this box will exclude any null results i.e. features from datasets that are selected but are not in the area of interest.
    tickBoxOnce you have defined the point, line or area of interest on the map, click the Perform Site Check button to generate the site check results which will appear in a new window and will only provide information relating to the layers you have selected (ticked in the Table of Contents (ToC). By default the site check includes null results for any features selected but not in the area of interest. If you wish to exclude null results, click the Tick to exclude null results box at the bottom of the site check window before clicking on perform site check:

    Site Check Result

    The site check can be printed by clicking the Print button at the bottom right hand side of the window. The site check can also be saved by following the instructions in our FAQ section M13: Can I save a site check report in MAGIC?

    Site Check at a specific point

    Click the point icon on the pop up window and then click on the map at your point of interest. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found at that point:

    Site Check At a point

    Site Check within a given radius of a point

    Click the point icon on the pop up window and then click on the map at your point of interest. Enter your required radius in metres (up to a maximum of 30,000 metres) in the box below the words ‘Buffer Shapes’ then click the Buffer button. This will draw a circle of the given radius around the point. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found within the set radius of the point:

    Site Check within a given radius of a point

    Site check at or around a grid reference

    This is carried out in the same way as Site check at a specific point or Site check within a given radius of a point explained above; however you will need to navigate to your required grid-reference before clicking on the map.
    This can be done in 2 ways:

    a. As you move the cursor around the map the roaming grid co-ordinates can be seen in the bottom left hand corner of the map. Once you can see your required grid reference click on the map:

    b. Use the Map Search Tool above the Table of Contents. Change the search type to co-ordinates/positions (by clicking the down arrow) and type in your grid reference, then click the magnifying glass icon, to the left of the search field. The map will navigate to the grid reference which will be shown by a blue dot. Click the point icon on the site check pop up window and then click on the map where the blue dot is. To see the red site check point you will need to use the Clear Selected Features button above the map to remove the blue dot:
    Site check at or around a grid reference

    Site Check along a line

    Click the line icon on the pop up window and then click on the map to start drawing your line. Continue clicking to draw your line and then double click to finish the drawing. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found along the line:

    Site Check At a Line

    Site Check within a given distance of a line

    Click the line icon on the pop up window and then click on the map to start drawing your line. Continue clicking to draw your line and then double click to finish the drawing. Enter your required distance in metres (up to a maximum of 30,000 metres) in the box below the words ‘Buffer Shapes’ then click the Buffer button. This will draw a buffer zone around the line for the given distance. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found within the set distance of the line:

    Site Check within a given distance of a line

    Site check within a defined area (polygon)

    Click the polygon icon on the pop up window and then click on the map to start drawing your area. Continue clicking to draw your area and then double click to complete the polygon. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found within your defined area:

    Site Check At An Area

    Site check within a defined area (polygon) with an added buffer

    Click the polygon icon on the pop up window and then click on the map to start drawing your area. Continue clicking to draw your area and then double click to complete the polygon. Enter your required buffer in metres (up to a maximum of 30,000 metres) in the box below the words ‘Buffer Shapes’ then click the Buffer button. This will draw a buffer zone around the outside of the polygon for the given distance. Click the ‘Perform Site Check’ button on the window and a report will be generated with a list of features found within the polygon and the buffer zone:

    Site Check At Area Buffer

    If you regularly do site checks for the same layers consider creating a bookmark as this will save you having to re-select the same layers each time – see the Using the Bookmark Map Tool help section in this Help Library.


  14. Using the Clear Selected Feature Tool

    From the Feature Tools list click on the Clear Selected Feature tool.

    Clear Selected Tool

    Clicking on this tool will clear any of the following from the map:

    •    The blue polygon that appears on the map when you do a search for Regions, Counties or Postcodes

    •    The blue dot that appears when you search for Coordinates/Positions

    •    The blue point, line or polygon highlighting any features that have been searched for using the Search for a Feature tool

    •    Measurement lines and polygons

    •    Site Check points, lines or polygons once the site check has been performed


  15. Using the Identify Feature Tool

    With features displayed on the Interactive Map

    Identify Tool

    Click the 'i' button which is located in the Feature Tools list

    Identify Button

    A cursor will appear on the screen and a pop up box indicating to click on the Map to Identify Features

    Identify

    When the Interactive Map is clicked with the Identify tool selected you will be shown a new window that lists all of the features present for the area you selected. You can then print the results.

    Identify Results

  16. Using the Where Am I Tool

    From the Feature Tools select the Where Am I? tool.

    Where Am I Tool

    With the cursor, click anywhere on the map.

    A new window appears with information for the point you just clicked on the map.

    Where Am I Results

    The information listed is Easting & Northing, Grid Reference, Latitude & Longitude, Postcode Area and National Grid Field Number.

    N.B. For the most accurate field number click in the centre of the relevant field.


  17. Using the Measure Tool

    From the Feature Tools list click on the measuring tool.

    Measure Tool

    A new window will appear over the map with two measuring options, Area & Perimeter and Distance.

    Measure Tool Window

    To measure a line/distance, select Measure Tool Distance Icon and then click anywhere on the map to start using the tool. Continue to move the cursor and click on the map to draw your line.

    Start Measuring

    To view the final measurement you need to double click the left button on the mouse to finish drawing.

    Finish Measurement

    Once double clicked the final result will be displayed within the pop up window. 

    Measurement Results

    The default measurement is in Metres but you can change this by clicking the downwards facing arrow next to Metres, the other measurement options are: Kilometres, Miles, Feet and Nautical Miles.

    Change Units

    To measure an area and perimeter select Measure Tool Distance Icon from the measurement tool window and then click anywhere on the map to start using the tool. Continue to move the cursor and click on the map to draw your polygon.

    Measure Area

    To view the final measurement you need to double click the left button on the mouse to complete the polygon.

    Measure Area

    The default area measurement is in Sq Metres but you can change this by clicking the downwards facing arrow next to Sq Metres. The other area measurement options are: Sq Kilometres, Sq Miles, Sq Yards, Sq Feet, Hectares and Acres.

    The default perimeter measurement is Metres but you can change this by clicking the downwards facing arrow next to Metres. The other perimeter measurement options are: Kilometres, Miles, Feet and Nautical Miles.

    If you have made a mistake or an incorrect measurement has been performed, there are 2 ways of clearing this. 
    1st - Reselect the measurement option i.e. Area & Perimeter or the Distance from within the pop up window.
    2nd - Click the Clear Selected Feature tool Clear from under Feature Tools above the map

    The Reuse Graphics option can be used if you wish to see the measurement graphic (line or polygon) on the map once you have finished with the measurement. NB you must tick the box before drawing the graphic. If at a later stage you no longer wish to see the graphics appearing on the map you will need to untick the re-use graphics box.

    Reuse Graphics

  18. Using the Print Tool

    Please be aware of the following when using this tool:

        Map printouts preserve the scale of the map, not the extent of the map window.

        As only scale is preserved, the map extent will be changed – the printed area will be either smaller or bigger compared to the area seen in the MAGIC interactive map window.

        When printing, the centre of the map in the MAGIC interactive map window is placed in the centre of the print map frame. However please note the following:

    ○    The Table of Contents (ToC) on the left hand side of the interactive map window actually appears over the top of the map.

    ○    The centre of the map is therefore the centre of the map when the ToC is hidden using the Show/Hide Table of Contents arrow which can be found on the right hand side of the ToC.

        The map title, legend and margins in the print layouts take up some space too.

        The legend must be selected and visible in the ToC for the selected layers before it will print in the map printout legend.

        If you have a large number of layers selected, use one of the A3 large legend print layout options if you wish to see symbology appear in the legend for all the chosen layers.

        To preview your print – click the Printout hyperlink button which appears after you have clicked Print

    To print:

    With your desired features selected from the ToC, select the Print button from within the Feature Tools list.

    Print

    A new window appears which allows you to add a personalised name for the Map. 

    Add Title

    These are the print layout choices:

    A3 Landscape A3 Landscape Large Legend
    Add Title Add Title
    A3 Portrait A3 Portrait Large Legend
    Add Title Add Title
    Map Only Landscape

    Add Title

    Landscape

    Add Title
    Map Only Portrait

    Add Title
    A4 Portrait

    Add Title
    NB: use the Large Legend Options when you have so many layers selected that the key for all the layers will not fit on the normal layout.

    Select your preferred print layout option.

    Print Layout Options

    Select your preferred format.

    Print Format Options

    Choose which Layout and Format best suits your requirements and then press the print button within the window.

    Print

    NB: Once the Print button has been clicked, the application will take a moment to load (you will see a wheel spinning) and then the word Printout will appear as a hyperlink under the Layout option within the window

    Print Output

    Click the Printout hyperlink to preview the print

    NB: If you choose to subsequently print a different map you will need to click print again before clicking the Printout hyperlink again otherwise you will see the previous map.

    Preview Print

    Depending on the browser you are using will determine where the Print symbol is for example FireFox's  print option will be top right of the screen, as shown in the above image.

  19. Using the Bookmark Map Tool

    To save time in the future you can bookmark a page which will allow you to revert to a pre-defined selection of features and scale.

    To do this have you first have to have your desired features selected from the Table of Contents, scale & projection set.

    Bookmark Tool

    Now select the Bookmark page link from within the Feature Tools list

    Bookmark Page

    A pop up window appears and from here you will need to manually copy (Right click the mouse button & select copy or via the keyboard press Ctrl & C simultaneously) the link from within the box and paste it somewhere safe such as a word document.

    Bookmark URL

    Once you have saved this, you can then paste the link into a browser of your choice and obtain the previous map view that had been chosen with all of the features present.

  20. Using the Legend Tool

    This tool is useful if you wish to see a legend only for your selected layers.

    From the Feature Tools select the Legend tool.

    Legend Button

    A legend will appear in a new window over the map. Only layers you have selected and which are visible at your chosen scale will be shown.

    Legend Popup

    If you have selected a large number of layers you will need to use the scroll bar on the right hand side of the pop-up window to see all the legend.

    The legend window can be moved around the screen by clicking on the black banner at the top of the pop-up window and dragging it elsewhere on the screen.



  21. Using the Change Projection Tool

    For more information regarding the different projections available, click here.

    To change the projection system that the map is displayed in, you can use the map projection selector in the top right corner of the map page.

    projections tool

    Click on the arrow and choose the projection you wish the map to be displayed in.

    OSGB projection

    The OSGB36 projection is the default view and displays the Ocean Base map as standard.

    ETRS89 Projection

    The ETRS89 Projection is useful for Marine Based data.

    WGS Projection

    The WGS projection is also useful for Marine Data.

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