Drag and drop isn’t really anything new. The ability to drag a file across network has been with us for quite some time. Photoshop users are pretty comfortable with dragging elements from one layer to another and anyone using Word has likely done a little dragging and dropping. It’s practically ubiquitous at this point.
Except for within the world of GIS.
When was the last time that you dragged a shapefile onto a map? Never, you say?
Well, my (GIS nerd) friends, prepare for your world to be rocked!
Drag and Drop your own file
We’ve provided a sample below for you to try your own drag and drop GIS. The widget will support up to 15 megabytes of geogoodness; the GeoTiff needs to be uncompressed and stored in WGS84, while the shapefile can either be zipped or, simply drop the .shp, .prj, and .dbf files on the map and see what happens!
If you don’t have a shapefile handy, you can download one from the RLIS Discovery site.
Set up an account with ESII and do more Drag and Drop GIS
Now that you’ve read about what we did – and dipped your toes into the water – it’s time to try it for yourself. To get started, go to esiitool.com and sign up for an account. Once you’ve got an account set up, you’ll want to create a Site and a Data Collection Effort in a location that you have specialized georeferenced imagery. It is here, during this stage, that you can drag and drop a geotiff, or shape file onto your map and it will act as a layer that you can turn on or off.
Try it out for yourself.