Import Areas

Import Areas

  • By Lee Belbin
  •  January 30, 2012
  •  Tags:  spatial portal help

You can import or upload an area into the Spatial Portal using one of three standard geospatial polygon area definitions.

The choices are to import:

  • A zip file containing an ESRI shape file set
  • A Google Earth KML polygon definition file or
  • Paste in a well known text (WKT) polygon definition.

Note that imported data should use the datum WGS84. This is the datum used by most GPS units and also by Google Maps and Google Earth. Also, if the polygon contains more than 5,000 vertices, it will be geometrically generalised to <= 5,000 vertices and you will get a pop-up warning about it. The reason for this is that our system currently struggles to handle areas more complex than that. If this limitation causes you problems, please contact support@ala.org.au.

When an area is imported/uploaded, it is added to the map and creates a new active layer available in the layers list.

Import Areas menu option

Import Areas menu option

To import a geospatial polygon area directly, on the menu select ‘Import’ and then ‘Areas’.

Import Areas choose one of three import options

Import Areas choose one of three import options

Note: The same import options are also to be found wherever an area can be defined, for example, under Add to Map Areas, or in the steps of Tools options that require a definition of an area.

Upload Areas via Add to Map Areas

Upload Areas via Add to Map Areas

Import/Upload a Shapefile

ESRI Shapefiles are a common open file format used to encode polygonal data. A shapefile is a zip file containing a number of files relating to different aspects of the definition of the area.

For more information please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapefile.

Shapefiles of defined areas can be exported from the Spatial Portal. (RL: Add link to export)

Upload a shapefile zip to create an area layer

Upload a shapefile zip to create an area layer

Name the area layer

Name the area layer

The uploaded shapefile layer is added to the map. The satellite base map is shown above.

The uploaded shapefile layer is added to the map. The satellite base map is shown above.

The uploaded shapefile becomes an active layer available for use in the analysis and export.

Import KML

KML is an international (OGC: Open Geospatial Consortium) standard used by Google Earth and Google Maps for encoding polygon data.

For more information on KML, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kml.

A KML file can be exported from the Spatial Portal or Google earth. (RL: Add link to export)

Import KML file (*.kml) to create an area layer

Import KML file (*.kml) to create an area layer

Name the area layer for the imported KML file

Name the area layer for the imported KML file

The uploaded KML layer is added to the map. The satellite base map is shown above.

The uploaded KML layer is added to the map. The satellite base map is shown above.

The imported KML becomes an active layer available for use in analysis and export.

Paste Well Known Text (WKT)

Well-known text is an extremely simple standard for encoding geographic features. For details about the WKT markup syntax, please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well-known_text.

Unlike the other formats used in the Spatial Portal, WKT is pasted into the box rather than imported as a file, but we will probably also support the import file version shortly.

WKT of defined areas can be exported from the Spatial Portal. (RL: Add link to export).

Choose to submit WKT to create an area layer

Choose to submit WKT to create an area layer

Paste in the WKT polygon details into the text field

Paste in the WKT polygon details into the text field

The uploaded WKT layer is added to the map. The normal base map is shown above.

The uploaded WKT layer is added to the map. The normal base map is shown above.

The pasted WKT becomes an active layer available for use in analysis and export.

Layer Metadata

It is there, but then again, for these temporary layers, it is minimal.