Define a mission map

On the Map tab, any Manager users with access to the mission can view the mission map and the data associated with it, using a number of tools found on the map panel. Mission owners will also find the Edit Map view, which provides tools to view, interact, and edit the layers and appearance of their mission map.

Map view

The following tools are found in the initial view on the Map tab.

  • Basemaps—The basemap is the default bottommost layer of a map and provides the geographic context. Choosing a good basemap is essential for ease of communication of geographical data, but individual users can choose their own basemap during the mission for improved situational awareness.
  • Layers List—The layer list displays content within the mission map to include feature layers, imagery layers, and Web Map Service (WMS) layers. In this map view, the following options can be performed:
    • Legend—View the symbology that represents features in the layer.
    • Zoom-to—Zoom to the extent of the features in the layer.
    • Show table—Open the attribute table widget to visualize each feature in the layer as a row of information.
    • View item details—When clicked, open a new browser tab to the layer's item details page or RESTendpoint if the layer is not an item in your organization's portal.
  • Tables List—Tables are used to view nongeographic data, such as mission event data, whose information may be important for decision making, but does not contain a geographic location on the mission map. In this map view, clicking the table tool opens the attribute table widget to visualize each feature as a row of information.
  • Bookmarks—Bookmarks are predetermined map extents, allowing for rapid and efficient map navigation to important mission areas or map views. Clicking an existing bookmark will automatically zoom you to the corresponding location on the mission map.

Edit Map view

If you are the mission owner, you will see an Edit Map button in the upper right corner of the mission map. Click it to make changes to the map, either as part of mission map creation or during the mission itself. Additionally, in the Edit Map view, the tools listed above have more functionality. The following tools are found in the Edit Map view, and all of the following workflows begin with the Edit Map view opened.

Edit a basemap

The default mission basemap can be edited. When set, this is the basemap that will always appear first anytime the mission is opened by a mission analyst or ArcGIS Mission Responder user. To choose a basemap, do the following:

  1. Click Basemap.

    The basemap selector appears.

  2. Click the basemap you want to use for your mission.

    You mission map changes to reflect your selection.

  3. Click Save.

Add bookmarks

Bookmarks can be added, allowing mission users to zoom to a specific location on the map. To add a bookmark, do the following:

  1. Click Bookmarks.
  2. Click Add Bookmark.
  3. Enter a bookmark title.
  4. Pan and zoom the mission map to the extent and location you want the bookmark to display.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Save.

Add layers from the web

This tool allows you to add or remove layers from the map to provide more geographic data to mission users. Layers can be added from organizational content or through web service URLs. Layers will not be published to the map until the Save button is clicked.

To add a layer from a web source, do the following:

  1. Click Add Layer.
  2. Click Add from Web.
  3. Enter an ArcGIS Web Service URL.

    If you want to use the layer as the basemap, click the check box.

  4. Click Add.

    If the URL entered is invalid, an error message will be displayed.

  5. Click Save.

Add layers from content

To add a layer from content, do the following:

  1. Click Add Layer.
  2. Click Browse Content.
  3. Select which content you want to browse: My Content, My Organization, or My Groups.
  4. Locate the layer or layers you want to add, either by scrolling the list or using the search bar.
  5. Click the Add button on any layers you want to add.
  6. Click Save.

Remove layers

The Layers List in the Edit Map view has the same functionality as it does in the default map view, but with the added ability to remove layers from the map. To remove a layer using the Layers List, do the following:

  1. Click Layers.
  2. Select the layer you want to remove and click the overflow button.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Click Save.

Remove tables

The Tables tool in the Edit Map view has the same functionality as the Tables tool in the default view, but with the added ability to remove tables from the list. To remove a table from the list, do the following:

  1. Click Tables.
  2. Select the table you want to remove and click the overflow button.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Click Save.

Configure layer styles

Layers have default display settings but need to be visualized on the mission map in different ways. The Layer Styles tool allows you to configure the way each layer is displayed on the map. There are a variety of ways layers can be configured. To change a layer style, complete the following workflow:

  1. Click Layer Styles.
  2. Click the layer you want to edit.

    A drop-down menu displays with layer style options. These options are determined by the layer itself, as the information in the layer can only be displayed in certain ways.

  3. Select either Single Symbol or Unique Values:
    • Single Symbol—Creates and assigns the same symbol to every item in the layer. This means that the items will be visually indistinct from each other but easily seen on the map.
    • Unique Values—Creates and assigns a unique symbol to every item in the layer. This allows for detailed visualization of layer data.
  4. Click Edit Style to change the symbol you want to use to represent features in the layer.

    Options for customization can include changing the symbol color, size, transparency, and others.

    If you selected Unique Values, you must select the specific field to edit before changing the symbol, and then repeat this step for each symbol you want to edit.

  5. Click Save.

Configure pop-ups

Pop-ups allow users to view information for each feature on the mission map by interacting with a layer. This tool allows you to determine what information is displayed when a user interacts with a feature on the mission map. To configure pop-ups for each mission map layer, complete the following workflow:

  1. Click Configure pop-ups.

    A list of layers with configurable pop-ups appears. Pop-ups are displayed by default, but you can turn them off.

  2. Click the layer name to select the pop-up you want to configure.
  3. Click Add to display the list of pop-up fields available.
  4. Click the check box next to any field you want to add or remove from the pop-up.
  5. To reorder the fields in the pop-up, click the button to the left of the field name and drag it into the proper order location.
  6. Repeat steps 2–5 for any other layer pop-ups you want to configure.
  7. Click Save.

Add or Edit Features

The Add or Edit Features tool enables a user to make changes to pre-existing layers that are part of a mission map, so long as those layers are configured to be editable and the user has the appropriate permissions.

Changes that can be made include, but are not limited to, adding features, removing features, updating feature attributes, and updating feature geometries. Those workflows are described as part of the Edit in Map Viewer documentation.

Measure tool

The Measure tool allows you to measure distances and areas on the mission map. It functions the same way as the Measure tool in the mission analyst experience. To use the measure tool, complete the following steps:

  1. Click Measure.
  2. Select either Distance or Area.
  3. Select the most appropriate unit of measurement.
  4. Click the map to create a measurement graphic.

    For distance measurements, this means drawing a line between two points. For area measurements, this involves drawing a polygon around the area you are measuring. For both, double-click to end the drawing process.

  5. To repeat this process for additional measurements, click New Measurement.

Sketch tool

Sketches are user-drawn map graphics that appear on the mission map. They can be points, lines, polygons, or map labels (text displayed directly on the map). The Sketch tool drawing functions are the same as those in the mission analyst view, but sketches created in the Edit Map view are stored as part of the Map Notes layer (which appears after sketch creation). To add sketches to the mission map, complete the following workflow:

  1. Click Sketch.
  2. Select the mark up tool of your choice.
  3. Draw your graphic on the map.

    For lines and polygons, double-click to end the drawing process.

  4. Use the drawing options to customize your graphic.

    Options include the following:

    • Shape (points only)
    • Size
    • Width (lines only)
    • Fill
    • Outline
    • Outline thickness
    • Color
    • Text Color (labels only)
    • Halo (labels only)
    • Transparency
  5. Optionally, for points, lines, and polygons, enter a title and description.
  6. Click Save.

If, at any point prior to the sketch being sent, you need to redraw it, click the delete button to clear it from the map. You can also remove all sketches from the map by clicking Clear All Sketches at the bottom of the sketch panel.

If you have made any changes to your map and attempt to browse away from the map prior to saving, you will receive a warning message before you browse away and your changes are lost.


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  1. Map view
  2. Edit Map view