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The layout of a Koordinates site

The Koordinates user interface has a range of features for data publishers. Before you start uploading data, it’s worth spending a few minutes getting familiar with the basic layout of the site.

In this guide, we provide a brief introduction to the basic layout of the site. Don’t worry if you forget where anything is: we’ll keep reminding you of where to go in our other user guides.


Main menu

Starting in the top left of the screen, you’ll see a menu, which gives a range of options. These options will depend on what level of permissions you have for the site, though can include:

  • Home returns you to the initial landing page. Note that selecting this option will not remove datasets from your collection. 

  • Browse Data allows you to browse data by type, category, group or region.

  • Manage Data takes you to your dashboard, and allows you to edit and manage your datasets.

  • Analytics provides a range of analytics reports on your data and users.

  • Comments lists all the comments received on your datasets.

  • Users provides an alphabetical list of all the users on your Koordinates site.

  • Activity Log provides a log of everything you have done on the site, as an individual user.

  • Administration gives you several options, including Site Settings, where you can manage the settings for your Koordinates platform.

  • Add gives you a range of options to manually upload and import new datasets on your site.


The search bar

At the top of the screen, you’ll see the search bar. Note that this can only be used for topic searches - such as “aerial photography” or “NZ contours” - and not for searches on specific street addresses.

You can search for specific street addresses on the map itself.


Data browsing pane

At the top of the data browsing pane,you’ll see a featured dataset, as well as the three most popular datasets on the site.

If you scroll down, you’ll see the latest datasets added to the site. Below that you can browse categories of data, such as ‘aerial photos’ or ‘topographic.’


The browse data button

To browse data on your Koordinates site, select Browse Data in the main menu.


The map

On the right hand side of the screen you’ll find a map, which can be used to preview datasets. To add a dataset, click the ‘+’ button next to your chosen dataset.

The map has four general features.

Marquee zoom

The small magnifying glass in the top left of the map, which we call marquee zoom, allows you to zoom to specific areas, including ‘world’ and ‘selected items.’


Below that, the + and - buttons allow you to zoom in or out more gradually.

Base map

At the top of the map, you can choose what kind of base map you want to use. You can select from Terrain, Streets, Satellite or Blank -- which you can use if you don’t want a base map at all.


Finally, you’ll see a small search bar, which allows you to search for a street address or place name, such as "256 Bidwill Street" or "Christchurch." To make it easier, the search bar gives you suggested search results, which saves you from having to type the whole address.


The menu bar

Running along the top of the entire screen is the top menu. On the left hand side of the top menu, you can find:

  • About provides a range of options to learn more about the Koordinates platform.
  • Help provides a drop-down menu, giving you a range of help options, including Contact Us.
  • Log In allows you to sign in using your Koordinates ID. Once you are signed in, this option will be replaced by your name, which will in turn provide a drop-down menu with a range of account options.
  • A notification bell, which enables you to keep track of your downloads.
  • Your collection, which provides a list of all data layers added to the map.
  • Finally, the export button gives you the option of downloading or ordering your chosen data.