How to Guides

Spatial Portal: Getting Started
User Guide 1 **Note: You need to create a VAL account to access this tool.** Begin at the VAL Data Explorer homepage or navigate into the Data Explorer...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 11:18 AM
Common map options
Map Options is a special layer that is used to define the basemap displayed in the Spatial Portal, to allow the user to add in their own layer via WMS, and ...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 11:24 AM
Common Map Functions
The Map pane has a number of functions that assist with the navigation and interpretation of data on the map.  Note: the pan and zoom operations ...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 6:48 PM
Common Layer Functions
A new entry is added to the layer list for each layer added to the map; species, area or layer. All layers have a set of associated functions. To access lay...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:07 PM
Save or download a map
Saving a map To save a map from the Spatial Portal (ALA's mapping and analysis tool), follow these steps: Go to the Spatial Portal. Add features li...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:11 PM
Add to Map
There are four types of data that can be mapped: Species (or assemblages of taxa)  Areas (15 options available)  Layers (environmental/gridded or contex...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:16 PM
Add to map - Species
User Guide 2 If you are not already in the Spatial Portal, begin at the VAL Data Explorer homepage, using the "More" dropdown to navigate to t...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:22 PM
Add Multiple Species (lists)
We have replaced the concept of an assemblage with Lists. A list, like the assemblage, is any combination of species but we have now formalized the generati...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:32 PM
Add to map - Areas
User Guide 3 Areas are one of four main data types in the Spatial Portal, along with species (taxa), layers, and facets. Area can be defined by 14 diffe...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 7:54 PM
Add to map - Facet
The Add to Map -> Facet allows the user to add all occurrence records for one or more classes of a species attribute (facet) or class derived from a cont...
Thu, 17 Feb, 2022 at 11:09 AM