Georeferencing

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Georeferencing allows you to associate a geographic location with your record. This could be anything from the birthplace of a person in your collection, to a lake where an artifact was found, to a street where a historic event took place. The Georeference bundle is repeatable, allowing you to catalog as many geographical places as are needed for your record.

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The Georeferencing bundle allows you to pinpoint any place either by directly entering geographical coordinates for your location, or by looking up a place in the Geonames Place Authority list.

The first field you see is the Geonames look-up field. Type the first few characters of your place into the field and the bundle will display the closest match in the database. You can enter an exact street address, a city, or geographic place. For example, 661 5th Avenue New York will work as well as Rocky Mountains, or Dusseldorf, Germany. The bundle will then generate the approximate geographical coordinates and display your location on the aerial map. If you already know the geographical coordinates of your location, you can enter them directly into the lower field.

Importing Geographical Data 
You can optionally create Georeferences in GoogleEarth, and import them into CA using the “Upload KML” option. GoogleEarth enables the precise placement of markers, which can then be exported as KML (or KMZ) files for import into CA.


Changing Open Street Map Tiles

CollectiveAccess comes with easy access to three Open Street Map tile sets, the basic OpenStreetMap set, and Stamen's Toner and Watercolor tiles based on the same data. You can switch between them in your general preferences (Manage-->My preferences-->General-->"Map Base Layer").

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