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How do I create private workspaces and add environmental datasets?

How do I create private workspaces and add environmental datasets?

Anyone can replicate marine manager portal workspaces to create private workspaces and upload environmental datasets.

Find all your workspaces on your profile, where you can manage and delete them.

To add environmental datasets, click the ‘+’ icon in the Environment section and ‘Upload new environment dataset’. Select the data type you are looking to upload. Currently, the marine manager portal supports polygon (zipped shapefiles and geojson files) and track data (CSV files with timestamps).

After selecting the data type, drag and drop your compressed shapefile into the marine manager portal or click to select the file. Add a name and description for the environmental dataset.

  • For polygon environmental datasets, you can add colors to your data features by a data value. For example, if some polygons have a data value of 0, they will appear more transparent or faded compared to other polygons in the same dataset that have a value of 1. Under ‘color features by value’ select the data column you would like to use, and add minimum and maximum values.

Once you’ve set your environmental dataset preferences, click confirm to add the dataset to the portal. Once uploaded, you can center the marine manager portal on your data, and view movement over time.

Find environmental datasets you have uploaded on your profile by clicking your initials at the bottom left of the portal.

Further specifications are based on the type of dataset:


Format: zip, json

  • ShapeFile
    • It must be a .zip format file that contains at least these files:
      • .shp:shape format
      • .shx: shape index
      • .dbf: attributes or properties
      • .prj: projection of the data
    • If any of the files are missing, this error message will appear: Error reading shapefile: must contain files with *.shp, *.shx, *.dbf and *.prj
  • GeoJSON
    • a .json file
    • Or a .geojson file


Format: csv

  • To upload tracks via a csv file, the following columns should be present in your dataset: 


Column Column Name Text Type
  • latitude
  • lat
  • location-lat
Floating point number
  • longitude
  • lng
  • lon
  • long
  • location-lng
Floating point number
  • timestamp
  • time
  • date
  • datetime
Date time string using ISO 8601
ID (optional)
  • While you can manually select the columns, if you use any of the predefined column names listed in the table, the columns will be detected automatically
  • The column, ID, is optional and is not detected automatically. It is used to assign a different color to each individual, segment or track


How do I know when to upload a polygon as an environment or reference layer?

Upload the polygon as an environment layer if there is data associated with the polygons beyond an area name. An example could be seamount height data associated with the extent of a seamount. In this case, if selected, the environment polygon layer will be shaded to indicate the value of the associated data. In our example, the higher seamounts would appear brighter in the map. 

If you do not have any associated data beyond an area name and would only like to plot the boundary information and analyze activity within an area, plot the polygon as a reference layer. 

What should I do if my zip file is not working?

Ensure that only one shapefile is present in each zip file. If you do so, this error message will appear: Shapefiles containing multiple components (multiple file names) are not supported yet

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