Ecosystem Service Mapping Gateway User Guide


Main Screen

On start up, the tool opens to a main screen with keyword search and map active. Initially all mapping projects are selected and shown in the map and detail views.
At the top of the screen are a number of key options and display areas:
  1. Browse: provides browsing of structured keywords to filter projects shown in map and detail views.
    See Browsing Data.
  2. Search: allows searching and selection of keywords to filter projects shown in map and detail views.
    See Keywords.
  3. Map: shows the map of presently selected mapping projects.
    See Map and Details.
  4. Case Studies: display a map of only the case studies.
    See Map and Details.
  5. Details: shows the details of presently selected mapping projects.
    See Map and Details.
  6. Best Practice: links to a document containing guidelines for ecosystems service mapping.
    See Map and Details.
  7. Contact: displays a general enquiry form.
    See Contact Options.
  8. Help: show quick start help and this user guide.
  9. Keyword Selection Area: is used to display keywords which can be used to filter the projects selected for display.
    See Keywords.
  10. Active Keyword List: shows the present set of keywords used to filter projects on display.
    See Keywords.
  11. Data Area: displays the currently selected mapping projects as either a map or a list of details.
    See Map and Detail.

Map and Detail

The map is controlled in a similar manner to other mapping websites: the map position can be adjusted by clicking and dragging the map, and zoomed in or out using the mouse scroll wheel or associated touch pad gesture. A number of control areas are shown on the map:
  1. Zoom Controls which can be used to zoom in or out.
  2. Map Pins which represent either areas which are being mapped or the address of an organisation performing mapping. Pins with an orange centre represent case studies.
  3. Layer Controls which can be used to control which types of pins are shown on the map.
  4. Pin Information giving the name of a mapping project and the grid reference of the pin. These appear when pins are clicked.
Clicking on name of a mapping project on the map view activates the detail view showing the selected project.
The detail view displays a list of projects with varying level of detail. The list can be scrolled using the mouse scroll wheel, associated touch pad gesture, or hovering on the right-hand side which will reveal a scroll bar. Within the detail view each project has a number of controls and information display areas:
  1. Project Name: each entry is labelled with the project's name.
  2. Less Detail: reduces the amount of information shown about the given project. This option is hidden once it is selected.
  3. More Detail: increases the amount of information shown about the given project. This option is hidden once it is selected, as seen in the image.
  4. Update: opens the contact display to allow sending of updated information about the project.
  5. Information Area: displays information about a given project upto the present level of detail. Initially this area will not be shown until the project is expanded using the more detail control.
  6. Resources: Further information about the project that can be downloaded or is on another website.


Filtering of projects displayed in the tool is based around keywords and phrases. The Search view displays all available keywords, the list of which itself can be filtered.

Search for a keyword

Select the input box at the top of the search area.
Enter the beginning of a keyword, for example "pest".

Select a keyword

Click on a keyword to add it to the filter.
Observe that the number of projects displayed on the map is reduced to just those that mention this keyword.

Add more keywords

Further keywords can be added to narrow the search, for example "water". Notice that the number of projects shown on the map is further reduced.

Alternative filter mode

So far the filtering has been based on projects matching all keywords. Alternatively the filtering mode can be changed to any keyword in which case projects which contain any of the keywords are displayed.
For the example given so far changing the mode to any keyword shows projects matching either "pest", "water" or both.

Remove keywords

Keywords can be removed from the filter at any time by clicking them again from the list of active keywords above the map or details view. Alternatively select a keyword again from the search or browse views will also remove it from the list of active keywords.

Scrolling keywords

If the list of active keywords is long, it may not all be displayed at the same time. Like other areas of the interface, the list can be scrolled using the mouse scroll wheel, touch pad gestures or by hovering the mouse cursor over the right-hand side to reveal a scroll bar (if one is not already visible).

Contextual keywords

Within the detail view keywords can be selected directly from a project entry. To see which words are keywords simply hover the mouse cursor over a piece of text. If the word currently under the cursor is a keyword then it will appear change appearance gaining an underlined font and a darken background. Clicking on this word will add (or remove) it from the list of active keywords.

Browsing Data

The browse menu provides structured key phrases which apply to specific survey question answered by mapping projects. For example, the main purpose of a project could be "developing a framework".
Once selected this phrase appears and behaves like any other keyword in the active keyword list.

Contact Options

The contact view provides a simple form which can be used to contact the developers of the tool and the underlying.
  1. Query Type: the type of contact query A number of query types are provided:
    • Information Request: for general queries and help.
    • New Project: if you represent a mapping project and would like to add your details to the database.
    • Update Project: if you represent a mapping project already in the database and would like to update details.
  2. Your name: name we should respond to.
  3. Your email: email address we should respond to.
  4. Project name: project to which the query relates, this can be left blank if it is not relevant.
  5. Details: description of the query, for new projects you need not include all project details as we will send you a follow up form to complete.

Project Updates

For updates to existing projects in the database the update option in the detail view may be used to being the contact form.
This will automatically complete the project name and include any linking information for the database administration team.