|| MIDA Tutorial
Finding recorded seaweed distributions for Ireland
This tutorial gives an example of how
you can search and find a particular layer that is of interest
to you. Imagine that you need
to prepare a report on seaweed distribution in Ireland, however
you don’t know if a GIS layer exists, who owns it and
what its characteristics might be.
1. From the home
page click on "metadata". This will allow you to define
and submit a query to the MIDA database.
2. From this window pull down the menu: "Please select topic"
and select "Title".
3. Enter "seaweed" in the text box under "Enter one or more
words in the title" . Then click on to
carry out the search.
the layer of interest:
4. A window will pop up with the results of the search. Click
on the icon
to display the seaweed distribution layer.
5. In the layer list click on the Seaweed distribution layer
name and then click on the metadata icon
in the Information box.
6. Summary information about the seaweed
GIS dataset is displayed. However, in order to find the data
owner's address and additional information click on the
7. Scroll down the window until contact information appears or click on "Contact information" at the top of the window.
8. To get more details about the quality
of the dataset click on
and then click on "Data Quality Information". (Note that full
metadata is not available for every layer in the atlas.)
an Advanced Search:
9. You decide that you also want to
find out if there are any layers on molluscs that may correspond
with locations of algae. Close the Metadata window and click
tab, then click on Advanced search.
10. Type periwinkle for the title,
use molluscs as a keyword and then for the theme choose Biology/Habitats
and finally click on "Submit Query".
11. A window will pop up with the results
of the search. Click on the
icon to display the periwinkle distribution layer
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