Adding locations to the location catalog

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Permission Operation Administrator or higher
Connectivity Online only

This document describes how to add locations to the location catalog of your operation.

Step-by-step description

Fig. 1: Administration menu for operation administrator
Select 'Location Catalog' from the administration menu (cog wheel) (Fig. 1).
Fig. 2: Location catalog screen
This will get you to the location catalog screen (Fig. 2). Please note that depending on your connectivity and the size of your location catalog, it might take a while to load your entire catalog and display all of the locations. A progress bar at the top of the catalog indicates when it is downloading.

The location catalog screen shows your location hierarchy tree on the left and a map on the right.

3. Expand the location hierarchy tree as required by clicking on the little plus (+) signs left of locations that contain other locations.

The locations in the location tree are sorted by location type first and within each type, they are sorted alphabetically. The location types are sorted as follows:

Fig. 3: Location catalog with highlighted location and administrative buttons
Navigate to the intended parent of the new location and click on it. The parent location is now highlighted in blue (Fig. 3) and the map will automatically zoom to the location of the parent location. To add a location either click on the ButtonAdd.png above the top left corner of the location catalog (Fig. 3) or right click on the parent location itself and select 'New'. In both cases, a list of location types supported under the current parent location appears. Choose the appropriate type for your new location.
Fig. 4: Location catalog page when adding a new avalanche path location.

You will now be presented with a blank map and a dialog box for information about the new location on the left (Fig. 4). Enter the following information for the new location into the fields provided:

  • Name (required):
    Full name of the location
  • Abbreviation (required):
    Abbreviation to be used for the location in the tabular InfoEx reports.
  • Description (optional):
    Detailed description of the location
  • External ID (only accessible to super users):
    The external ID of a location is required if your operation submits their observations from an external database system via the API (see Submitting observations to the InfoEx via the CAAML 3.0.3 API for more information). The external ID is also required for locations that already existed in the legacy CAAML driven InfoEx and have historic observation associated with them.
  • Elevation (weather site only):
    Elevation of weather site in meters. When you create a new weather site, its elevation will automatically be extracted from the map. You can, however, overwrite the automatically created value.
NOTE Since locations are primarily referred to by name in the InfoEx system, it is not advisable to create multiple location of the same type with the same name. However, the system currently does not explicitly check for it.
6. Add an appropriate geometry to the location. See Location types and symbology for details on the supported geometries for the different location types.

There are two options for adding geometries to a location:

Fig. 5: Adding a photo to a location.
  • To add a photo to a location, drag the photo onto the square below the regular information fields for the location or click on the 'Add' hyperlink above the square to open the regular file dialog box. You can add photos until you hit the maximum allowed for each location.
NOTE InfoEx will only start uploading the photo to the database when you click on the final Add as described below in stage 8. The upload is then done in the background and depending on the upload internet connection speed and the size of the photo(s) could take significant time (many minutes) for each location. It is recommended to verify the photo(s) has uploaded before either closing down InfoEx or adding a photo for another location. There is potential for the upload to fail if a careful process is not followed.
  • To change the order of the uploaded images, arrange the thumb nails into the desired order.
  • To delete a photo, click on the ButtonDelete.png in the top right corner of the photo.
8. Click on Add to add the new location to the location tree of the operation. This will add the new location to the location tree and return you to the regular location catalog screen (Fig. 2).

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Functionality tested by

  • Dec. 22: Pascal Haegeli