Mapping facilities to enter, view and query data
Further Key Features of Recorder
The built-in mapping facilities enable the user to
either draw polygons or import layers into the map window
in Recorder and associate individual polygons with existing
locations. The functionality of this facility enables both
smaller organisations or individuals that do not have access to a
dedicated Geographical Information System (GI) to map and
report effectively as well as linking successfully with
dedicated GI units external to Recorder. The main beneficial
aspects of this key feature include:
- Quickly plot the distribution of one, or more
combinations of species, habitats or sample points within a
survey - You can simply drag the species, habitat or
survey (or a combination of several) onto the map to see an
instant and accurate visual display of your data.
- Define polygons on the map - Polygons can be
easily associated (linked) to existing locations or administrative
areas within Recorder 6.
- Interrogate points on the map - Simple
functionality enables the user to interrogate the data points
on the map and drill down to the information held within the
database through the filtered observation hiearchy.
- Indicate the detail of the data
- Flexibility of symbol size, shape and colour can be used to
effectively indicate presence before or after a certain year as
well as occurrence in different sized grid squares (eg 1km or 10km
- Create a report detailing all the data for a given
geographic area - There is a range of flexible
functionality which enables effective reporting on both polygons
and bounding boxes in Recorder 6.
- Access to Ordnance Survey maps - Recorder
users contributing data to the NBN can request access to the 1:50
000 OS data to provide a visual context to their records.
- Ability to add your own polygon layers -
Additional polygon layers can be added for importing external data
or for drawing new polygons.
- Import polygon layers - This
facility enables the importing of external datasets into Recorder
for mapping onto OS maps or in conjunction with vice county
boundaries or species records held in the database.
- Use of multiple separate maps - Within
Recorder 6 it is possible to create and use entirely separate maps,
with their own background layers, polygon layers, display options
etc. This is particularly useful for people who have data from
both the Great British Grid System and the Irish Grid system.
- Recent improvements to this area have
attempted to make its use more intuitive and in line with GI
systems: 1) the ability to easily change the order of polygon
layers 2) ability to link polygons with locations on import
from a GI system 3) to store information from an externally held GI
file within Recorder against a location and 4) polygon layer
exports now include file attributes as well as a projection