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Overview

The Search By Location option allows you to search for Collections using a Map. This page describes:

Opening the Search By Location Page

The Search By Location page is accessed from the SEARCH DATA tab. Click the Search By Location link to open the Search By Location page.

 

Searching Using a Map

The Search By Location page allows you to search for Collections by drawing an Area or selecting a Point on the Map. You may optionally add Search Text to search within Collection metadata in order to refine your results.

The Search By Location page will only search for Collections which have location information stored in the metadata of the Collection (i.e. Latitude, Longitude and Coordinate System).

Map Controls

When the Search By Location page is first opened, the Map defaults to a view of Australia.

There are three button across the top of the Map. By default the Navigate button is selected. These buttons toggle to indicate the current state:

  • Draw Area: Select this button if you wish to draw an Area on the Map by drawing a bounding box.
  • Select Point: Select this button if you wish to select a Point on the Map with a 50km radius.
  • Navigate: Select this button if you wish to pan or zoom the Map directly using the mouse.

Below the Map, there are three buttons which allow you to:

  • Clear Area/Point: This button will remove any Area (bounding box) that you have drawn or Point that you have selected on the Map.
  • Reset Map: This button will reset the zoom and pan levels and display the default Map of Australia. This will also remove any Area (bounding box) that you have drawn or Point that you have selected on the Map.
  • Zoom To Area: This button will pan and zoom the Map to show the area of the Map just outside the Area drawn or Point selected. If there is no selection, the Map will return to the default view of Australia.

On the map itself are the following controls:

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Panning Controls

These controls allow you to pan the map North, East, South and West using your mouse. The same functionality is achieved by dragging the Map with the mouse or moving the Map with your finger on a mobile device.

Zoom Controls

These controls allow you to zoom the map in (plus sign) and out (minus sign) using your mouse. In addition, you are able to:

  • Double click the Map with a mouse to zoom in.
  • Scroll on the Map with a mouse to zoom in and out.
  • Pinch / Spread the Map using a mobile device to zoom out and in respectively.

Base Layer Control

This button on the right of the Map allows you to change the Base Map Layer displayed. The four options are: Google Physical, Google Streets, Google Hybrid and Google Satellite.

 

Drawing an Area

Follow these steps to search by drawing an Area on the Map:

  • Use the pan and zoom controls to display the section of the Map where you wish to draw an Area.
  • Select the Draw Area button above the Map.
  • Click on the area of the Map that you wish to start your selection.
  • With the mouse held down, drag across the map. 
  • Release the mouse button when you have selected the desired area.
  • This will display a red bounding box for your selection.
  • Optionally enter some Search Text.
  • Click the Search button.

On a mobile device, touch the screen where you want to start drawing an Area. Keep your finger pressed against the screen and move your finger to where you wish to finish drawing an Area. The Map will draw an Area as you move your finger. Release your finger when you have finished.

 

Selecting A Point

Follow these steps to search by select a Point on the Map:

  • Use the pan and zoom controls to display the section of the Map where you wish to select a Point.
  • Select the Select Point button above the Map.
  • Click on the area of the Map that you wish to select.
  • This will display a red pin for your selection and a red circle covering a 50km radius from the selection.
  • Optionally enter some Search Text.
  • Click the Search button.

On a mobile device, touch the screen where you wish to select a Point

 

Viewing Search Results

When you perform Search By Location, the results will appear similar to the screen shown below:

The number of results found will be displayed on the screen, and you will have various options for number of results per page you can view, and be able to sort by Relevance, date published (Recent) or Title.

You can also start a new search from this page by clicking the "New Search" button.

Refreshing Search Results

You are able to refresh the search results by changing the search text and clicking the "Refresh" button. This will perform another search using the Area or Point selected on the search page.

Refine Results

On the left hand side of the page is the Refine Results panel. This allows the user to filter the search results based on additional selected fields. For each category, a count of matching search results is displayed.

By default all values of the fields are unselected. Selecting the check-box next to the field value in the "Show ONLY these ..." group will narrow the search results to show the results that include only the selected values. Deselecting the check-box will broaden the search results again.

Map Controls

Below the Map, there are two buttons which allow you to:

  • Hide Map: This button will collapse the Map - showing only the search results. A Show Map button will be displayed allowing you to expand the Map.
  • Zoom To Area: This button will pan and zoom the Map to show the area of the Map just outside the Area drawn or Point selected.

Viewing the Collection

For Collections that have Location Coordinates stored against them, you will see a Map on the Description Tab of the Collection's Landing Page. The Map will show the Area or Point representing the location of the Data.

Click on the "show all" link to display the Location Details (Latitude, Longitude and Coordinate System) for the Collection.

You are able to pan and zoom the Map showing the location of the Data:

Panning: Drag the Map with the mouse or move the Map with your finger on a mobile device.

Zooming: Zoom in and out by scrolling with your mouse or pinching / spreading on a mobile device. You may also double click on the map to zoom in.

If you have accessed the Collection from Search Results or Browse Results, and there is more than one Collection in the results, you may use the Previous Record and Next Record links to navigate between Collections in the search results - without returning to the list of search results.