User GuideThis mapping application was created by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Office of Planning. For your reference, below is a list of tools and functionality provided by this application.
ToolsThe mapping application provides the following tools:
Selecting a Basemap
To select a basemap, press on the basemap you wish to view. It may take a few seconds for the map to refresh.
The Basemap Toolbar provides a way in which to select a different background map. Typical basemaps might include Bing Maps, Google Maps, Open Street Map, Light Gray Canvas, and/or Aerial Photos.
Selecting a Basemap To select a basemap, press on the basemap you wish to view. It may take a few seconds for the map to refresh. TOP
Selecting a Map Type
To select a map type, press on the map you wish to view. Different layers will be toggled on or off depending on the selected map.
The selected map will be highlighted in a dark brown color.
It may take a few seconds for the map to refresh.
The Maps Toolbar provides a way in which to view predetermined layers on the map. For example, a roads map may display only roads layers, whereas an environmental map may display only layers related to the environment.
Selecting a Map Type To select a map type, press on the map you wish to view. Different layers will be toggled on or off depending on the selected map. The selected map will be highlighted in a dark brown color. It may take a few seconds for the map to refresh. TOP
Toggling on/off a layer
To turn on or off a layer, use the checkboxes next to each layer. Some layers may be 'nested' within a grouped layer. Layers that have other layers nested within will have a plus or a minus sign next to the left of the layer.
Grouped layers can be toggled as well.
The Legend Toolbar allows the user to turn on or off certain predetermined layers.
Toggling on/off a layer To turn on or off a layer, use the checkboxes next to each layer. Some layers may be 'nested' within a grouped layer. Layers that have other layers nested within will have a plus or a minus sign next to the left of the layer. Grouped layers can be toggled as well. TOP
The Tools Toolbar provides several tools that will be useful for performing queries, markups, printing, contacting MassDOT, or sending a link to another individual. TOP
Search Address Tool
When starting the application, the user will immediately be able to type an address into the textbox within the Tools Toolbar (with the magnifying glass within the textbox). If another search method is being used (i.e. Coordinate Search or Feature Search), then press the search menu button to the right of the search textbox, and select the Address Search item from the button menu. Examples of an address might be:
- Street Name (ex. Commonwealth Ave)
- Street # and Street Name (ex. 101 Comm Ave)
- Street # and Street Name, Town Name (ex. 101 Comm Ave, Boston)
- Town Name
There is no need to type in the state. It is assumed all searches will be within Massachusetts. When the search criteria is complete, press enter if the house icon appears in the search button menu on the right, or select the 'Search Address' option from the button menu on the right. TOP
Search Coordinate Tool
To search by coordinates select the Search by Latitude/Longitude item from the button menu to the right of the textbox. Type in the coordinates and press enter, or select the Search by Latitude/Longitude item from the button menu to the right of the textbox.
Coordinates should appear in decimal format. Longitude and Latitudinal coordinates should be in Decimal Degrees.
Coordinates should be separated by a space or a comma.
Coordinates can be in any of the following formats:
- WGS 84 (Latitude, Longitude)
- Web Mercator WGS 84 (Auxiliary Sphere)
- Massachusetts Stateplane Mainland NAD83 Meters.
X and Y or Latitude and Longitude values can be swapped so long as the x value properly contains the '-' negative sign. TOP
Search Map Features Tool
A set of predefined searches have been provided to you to help locate features on a map. Type in some text in the search text box and select the desired search method. The feature searches will be made available below the Address and Coordinate searches in the search button menu to the right of the search textbox. A feature search will appear with an icon with a question mark above a box. TOP
Map Feature Selection
To select features on the map and display their attribute information, press the 'Select Features' button. Once pressed, the button will change color, indicating that the tool is in use. A list of layers to select from will appear below the Tools Toolbox. The layer being displayed will be the layer that is selected. To select another layer, simply select a layer from the list. Immediately after pressing the 'Select Features' button, or after choosing a different layer, click on a feature on the map. Depending on the map, you may be asked to click and drag across the map to draw a rectangle across the features to select. Once a feature or features are selected on the map a data grid will be displayed at the bottom of the map so the user can view attribute information on the selected data. Additionally selected items on the map will turn to a different color indicating that they are selected. TOP
Displays a dialog to send a question, or comment to MassDOT OTP Staff. Press the 'Contact Us' button. A form will display for entering a name, subject, email, and description. All fields must be entered. Press the submit button to send the information to MassDOT OTP staff, or cancel to exit the dialog without sending the information. TOP
Displays help documentation on how to use the web mapping application. Press the help button to display the documentation. TOP
Displays dialog to print the current view of the map. Press the print button to display the print dialog. TOP
Displays a dialog containing a URL from which to copy. When the url is pasted into a browser the map will appear at the current extent. Press the link button to display the link dialog. Copy the URL from the dialog, and paste it into an email or document. TOP
Displays a dialog containing a brief description of the website. Press the about button to display the About dialog. TOP
Displays a toolbox underneath the Tools Toolbar for redlining the map. Six tools are provided to help reline the map:
Markup Point - Press the Markup Point button and then click on the map. A point graphic will appear on the map.
Markup Line - Press the Markup Line button and then click on the map. A line graphic will appear on the map. Click again on the map to extend the line and add another vertice. Double click to complete the line.
Markup Polygon - Press the Markup Polygon button and then click on the map. A polygon graphic will appear on the map. Click again on the map to extend the polyogn and add another vertice. Double click to complete the polygon.
Markup Text - Press the Markup Text button. A 'Markup Text' dialog will appear to type in text. Once the text has been determined, press the 'Position Text' button. The 'Markup Text' dialog will close. Click on the map to position the text on the map. The text that was typed in the 'Markup Text' dialog will appear on the map.
Remmove Elements - Press the 'Remove Elements' button to remove redlines from the map. Click on the redline element on the map to remove.
Remove All Elements - Press the 'Remove All Elements' button to remove all redlines from the map. You will be prompted to confirm the removal of all redlines.
Submit Redlines - Press the 'Submit Markups' button to send the markups to MassDOT OTP staff. A dialog will appear prompting you to enter your name, email, phone, and a description of the markups. Press Submit to send the information and markups to MassDOT OTP staff. TOP
Data Table When features are selected either through the Search Features text search tool, or Feature Selection tool, a data table will appear at the bottom of the map. The table will allow scrolling through records. TOP
Zoom to Feature
To zoom to a particular feature in the data table, press the Zoom to feature button. The feature will be selected in a different color. TOP
Paging Between Records At the bottom of the table are options for viewing records. 25, 50, 100, or All Records can be displayed at a time within the data table. The default is 25 records at one time for performance purposes. When more records are available than what are displayed in the table, use the pagination buttons on the right. TOP
Export Data Table
To export the data table to a *.csv file (excel spreadsheet), click the 'Export Data Table' button. A dialog will pop up asking you to save and download the *.csv file. TOP
View Data Dictionary
For applicable layers a data dictionary may be available. The dictionary will serve as a guide the data within the data table. This is useful as some of the data will be coded. TOP
Clear Selected Features
Press the 'Clear Selected Features' button to clear all selected features from the map. The highlighted features will change color, and the data table will close. TOP
Close Data Table
Press the 'Close Data Table' button to close the data table. TOP