Who can create a new location?
Any user whose group includes View & Edit permissions on Geographic Information can create new locations.
How do I create a new location?
You can create a single new location (see below) or Add Multiple Locations.
To add a single new location, go to Administration > Locations.
This will open the Locations Index page. To create a new location, click the + New Location button in the lower right.
In the Create New Location pop-up, type the name of the new location and click the + Create Location button.
Once you click the Create Location button, you'll be taken to the Location Details page for your new location. Based on the title, we will complete a Google Maps search and try to pre-populate the latitude and longitude for this location. Coordinates are important because they determine where the location exists in our maps, ensuring that data reported for this location will be aggregated into the appropriate higher geographic levels (such as country).
If the coordinates are wrong, fall outside your site's Administrative Divisions, or we weren't able to populate them, there are three ways you can adjust them:
Option 1: Use GPS coordinates.
If you know the Latitude and Longitude for the new location, you can enter them directly in the appropriate boxes:
Option 2: Look up location
If you don't know the coordinates, you can look up the location. This uses a Google Maps search to try to identify coordinates. Click the Look up by location button. Enter an address or placename into the search box. Then click the Look up button to complete the search. The system will automatically add the GPS coordinates based on the search's results.
Option 3: Click on the map
You can also adjust the exact position of the location by dragging and dropping the location icon on the map. You can zoom in on the map, if needed, to better place the location.
For example, you might know that the location is situated at a certain bend in a nearby river, or at a certain intersection of roads shown on the map.
The coordinates are automatically updated based on where you position the marker.
You can capture additional information about this location, using the Notes, Description, Primary Contact, Phone, and Address fields.
We recommend identifying location types by assigning them Tags, such as "Hospital", "School", etc. Use tags that make sense for your site. These tags appear as filters on the Locations Index so you can quickly get lists by location type.
Once you're done creating the Location, you'll probably want to assign it to an activity. If so, see Assign a Geography to an Activity.
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