Understanding MapIT Greater Sudbury

Recipe 1: My Childcare Map


Introduction

In the “Understanding MapIT Greater Sudbury” series I introduce the technology and core features of the MapIT Greater Sudbury platform. In the previous article “Get started with MapIT recipes & ideas!” I broke down the format for presenting recipes which essentially are step by step guides to building your own interactive maps. This article will present the key ingredients and steps required to make your very own Childcare Map.

Note: Before you get started, you may want to review “Get started with MapIT recipes & ideas!.

My Childcare Map

The map you’ll be creating will show both English and French licensed childcare centres as well as City of Greater Sudbury Best Start Hubs. Here’s what my version looks like:

Paul’s version of the My Childare Map following the ‘recipe’ below.

You can see it in action on MapIT Greater Sudbury.


Recipe: My Childcare Map (A MapIT Greater Sudbury Recipe)

Skills: Beginner
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: Desktop, tablet, smartphone

“Sudbury childcare locations” x 2 + “Sudbury Best Start Hubs” + filters = My Chidcare Map.

Ingredients:

  1. Layer1: “Sudbury childcare locations” (2)
  2. Layer2: “Sudbury best start hubs” (1)
  3. Basemap: Light Gray Canvas (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add Layer1 to your map. Click Add > Search for layers and find “Sudbury childcare locations”. Choose Add beside the result Licensed Child Care (Layer). Repeat.
  2. Add Layer2 to your map. Click Add > Search for layers and find “Sudbury best start hubs”. Choose Add beside the result Best Start Hubs (Layer) then click the Done Adding Layers button.
  3. Rename the top Licensed Child Care Locations (Layer) to “English Child Care” then apply filter as:
    - Language_ (drop-down1)
    - is (drop-down 2)
    - Unique (radiobox under dropdown)
    - English (drop-down 3)
  4. Rename the next Licensed Child Care Locations (Layer) to “French Child Care” then apply filter as:
    - Language_ (drop-down1)
    - is (drop-down 2)
    - Unique (radiobox under dropdown)
    - French (drop-down 3)
  5. For each of the three layers in your map, change the symbology. Try to either mimic what I’ve done above or come up with your own.
  6. Save your map (if you have either a public or organizational account) and be sure to include the tags “MapIT” so we can find it later.
  7. Share it with Everyone (public): On the Share dialog box, you can distribute your map using the shortened URL provided or post to Facebook or Twitter directly. Note: If you’re using an ArcGIS Public account, your content is shared public by default.

Variations:

  1. On your map, copy each of English Child Care and French Child Care layers and rename to include the word “Heatmap”.
  2. Trying changing these layers’ symbology to use heatmap sybmbology. You can learn more about this Smart Mapping Option on the Esri website.

What’s Next

Thank you for trying to build your own My Childcare Map using MapIT City of Greater Sudbury & our Open Data site. In the next article (which is in the works), I’ll show you how to make your own My Neighbourood Map. In the meantime, if you have any questions, send me an email (I’ll do my best to get back to you within 10 working days).

Paul Giroux, MSc(GIS), GISP, Certified Enterprise Architect
Water/Wastewater Systems Supervisor
City of Greater Sudbury

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