Dynamic map layers

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Rich Burkmar BRC
Dynamic map layers

We've made some changes recently to the mapping in iRecord to reduce our dependency on Google mapping layers. There is now a default dynamic layer consisting of OS Leisure which changes to Google Satellite when zoomed right in and OpenStreetMap when zoomed right out. You'll see this layer in a number of places, e.g. the Enter Casual Records and Enter List of Records.

Matt Smith
I wondered what was going on

I wondered what was going on the last few days.  I have to say so far I have found this very slow to load and very glitchy, quite often I just get nothing displayed at all in the map box.  By default the map is zoomed in at the start, I would much rather it stayed with satellite or at least with one constant mapping style throughout.

admin
hi Matt,  as iRecord has

hi Matt,  as iRecord has become more widely used and Google have changed their charging model for access to satellite maps, we are starting to incur considerable extra costs which diverts funds from other improvements we want to make.  However, we still value a satellite view when viewing/entering records at fine spatial scales - hence why we've developed a system that is dynamic to the level of zoom within maps.  We will look into the issues you have found - were your comments specifically concerning the verification system?

thanks, David

JohnLyden
Map gone mad

I've given up this evening. I cannot enter data because I cannot enter a map location. Whether I enter a pre-saved location or put the map ref in manually, it is coming up 30 odd miles away and will not pan or re-size properly, going blank or flipping back.

 

Rich Burkmar BRC
Mapping problem

Hi John,

I'm sorry you're experiencing problems with iRecord. So that I can reproduce the problem, can you give me the following information:

1. a grid reference for which this happens

2. the name of the map layer selected in the map layers list

3. the input form where this is happening (e.g. the 'enter a casual record' form)

4. a very brief summary of your workflow (just the main steps up to the point of error)

Many thanks,

Rich

Rich Burkmar
Mapping problem

Hi John,

Yesterday we fixed a problem which was evident when switching between OS Leisure and other layers. Some of the symptoms of that problem matched those you described - it's possibe that may have fixed it. If not, let us know with the information requested above.

 

Rich

patrickwm
mapping problem

Hello,

There still seems to be a problem with the enter a casual record function.  both in internet explorer and crome.  when zooming in on the map in the new dynamic layer it suddnly moves off the north coast of scotland to around HR6770.    I think it is when it swaps from open street map to the OS layer.    If I start in the OS leisure layer and zoom in it seems to swap the the dynamic layer at the last moment for satilite view, this works fine although the satelite view can take a little while to load.

 

all the best

Pat

 

Rich Burkmar
Mapping problem

Hello Pat,

Can you check to see if you are still getting that problem with the dynamic layer in Scotland? We did some changes yesterday which I am hoping fixed it.

Rich

JohnLyden
Mapping problem

The same problem is happening again today. The map layer is the one it defaults to OS leisure, I think, but zooming in and out does not help.

Map reference of the two sites I tried to enter data for; SO 224864 and SO 204858.

Entering the location name gave the problem. Entering the map ref manually did not immediately sort the problem. At first it switched to lat. and long., but for a different location. The location it is coming up with, is a spot near Kinver, several miles east of here and which I last visited more than ten years ago, and I have never entered any data for.

(on the enter a casual record form)

 

John

Katie_L
Update of English county needed

When I registered in the hope of submitting some sightings of froghopper foam/cuckoo spit I was required to select a county.  I live in Cumbria, created in 1974 from the merger of Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of Lancashire.  However, the only option was to enter Cumberland so the outline on the map when I login shows what is now regarded as North Cumbria and all my recorded sightings will seem like I have left home permanently!  Is there a reason to use out of date county boundaries?  I promise this is not here-be-dragon territory . . . we even have wi-fi and internet connections, albeit relatively slow ones!!

 

Rich Burkmar BRC
Mapping problem

Hi John. When I enter either of those grid references in the "Enter a spatial reference" field, and then click in another field (just to move the mouse focus and therefore locate the map) the map is centred on the correct GR.

What is the name of the location you are entering which gives you the problem?

Rich 

Rich Burkmar BRC
Vice Counties

Hi Katie,

Those areas you can choose from, are Vice Counties which are used in the biological recording world as non-changing regional areas. They were established about 100 years ago based on the counties at the time, but with some alterations ( e.g. https://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/vicecounties.php). It sounds like the one you want is West Moorland. You can change the area by clicking on 'My account' - top right of the website - when you are logged in, click on the 'Edit' tab, then the area from the list at the bottom of the page under 'Where you record'. If you'd prefer, you can leave that blank (select the 'Please select' option to do that).

Rich

ben.mullen_brm@...
Switching between maps

Has the function to select which map you wish to view the location in the App been changed. I cannot select OS mapping and instead have to zoom right out to get the OS map to display, then zoom back in to check the location. I only use satellite maps for locations I know well and more often use OS mapping to get the right location.

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