Welcome to Terria Platforms!
Let's dive into how to get started using Terria Platforms.
The Get Started guide will include:
- Landing page and what you need to do to start exploring.
- Home page - main sections, tabs and tools
- Steps to get started
Includes descriptions of Disclaimers and the Quick access guides.
Disclaimer/Acknowledgment upon landing on Terria platform
This is either the first (in case Disclaimer doesn't exist) or second landing page message popup. It usually includes a list of steps users can take, depending on their level of comfort navigating the map. This access guide is aimed mainly at first or second time users. You can:
- Watch a short introductory video
- Take a tour to understand main Home page tools and tabs
- Diving into a more specific Help menu
- Dive straight into catalogue exploration
- Close the message to get rid of it
- Close the message and never be shown again
Quick access guide
This section maps out for you all sections, tabs and tools accessible from the Home page and their basic role. Details on how to interact with each are presented in following pages of the Guide. When you arrive at home page, you'll see a map of Australia (or other regions) with a default base map and no data added.
Home page - example of NSW Digital Twin
Each platform includes data relevant to the audience of a specific organisation or individual. The name and branding are located at the top-left corner of the home page. It may include one or more logos in case the platform is a collaboration between a number of organisations.
Home page - logo
Home page - partners' logos
Does exactly that!
It does not search data by that location or other data. Search data can be performed by opening the catalogue and clicking "Explore map data".
Once you click Explore map data, you can access the default list of data relevant for the platform you're accessing. Catalogues range from a couple of datasets to tens of thousands, depending on the product owner and scope of the platform.
Note that it may not be immediately obvious if selected spatial data has loaded onto the map if it doesn't cover a large part of Australia. To locate loaded data on the map, go to the Data Workbench (positioned on the left hand side of the page), and click the ideal Zoom link for your desired data set. From here you can also click About this data to get more information about selected dataset. Another way to improve the visualisation of the selected data is by using the opacity slider in the same section as About this data.
You can add other data to the map than default catalogue data sets. They can upload a local file or a url. More information on how to Upload data can be found here.
Upon landing, no data is added to the map by default, hence the message is "Your workbench is empty". More information about Workbench can be found here.
Default message upon landing
The image of Australia or other region is a default base map and does not contain any real time satellite imagery or other datasets. To clarify, a message at the bottom left corner of the map indicates that no data is on the map: "No map data enabled".
Bottom left corner: Indication of no data upon landing
Authentication and authorisation of users is a Digital Twin feature and allows role based access to non-public datasets.
Map settings include functions like selecting 2D or 3D view, showing terrain, base maps, timeline and image optimisation slider. More details about map settings can be found here.
Map settings tab expanded when in 3D mode
Share / Print tab allows you to copy the map view as an url and share. It also allows previewing and printing the current map view, including metadata and legends.
Home page - Share tab expanded
Helps you create and share stories using the data on the map.
On the right hand side of home page, you'll find a selection of tools:
- 1.Gyroscope - only in 3D mode
- 3.Location - centre map to current location
- 4.Compare - map split
- 5.Pedestrian mode - only in 3D mode
- 6.Measuring tool
- 7.Scene editor - only in 3D mode in Terria Digital Twins
Continuing on the right hand side of the Home page, you'll find the Feedback button to send messages to platform maintainers.
Home page - feedback button bottom right corner
Last button on right hand side is the question mark indicating help.
Home page - Help button
Depending on where you clicked on the map, you can see the marker's location, elevation and zoom level.
Home page - details about location and zoom
Home page - attributions and quick links to Disclaimers
Click on Explore map data button under Search for locations on your home page. You'll be presented with a catalogue structure for browsing or searching specific data sets. They range from a couple to thousands depending on the platform.
Explore map data - expanded
Click on Map settings button and toggle between 2D and 3D and experiment with different base maps, depending on which data you're adding (e.g. for buildings 3D view is needed, for dark points a white base map works best, for thin lines, a dark base map would be a better contrast etc.).
Once you added layers and adjusted the settings for best visualisation including zoom levels, you can share the map view as an url.
You can create simple animations using the Story functionality by adding different data layers, changing the zoom levels etc. at different stages of the Story. Once completed, Stories can be shared following the steps under Share / Print feature.