This document is targeted at the general public using the geoportal, i.e. all the non identified users who access the geoportal to view maps and product informations. The according functions are explained in the following chapters.
Please consider the following when using the geoportal:
The following picture illustrates the overall architecture of the geoportal, with the general user entering via a standard internet browser.
The system consists of different parts, whereof the Portal is the central element.
For all types of users, the Portal is the access point for the different functions.
They can use the mapping tool to vizualize maps and other geodata or get general information or details about the different products that can be ordered via the system. If they have an own user account they can send orders.
Next to the Portal is the section of the “geodata and product providers” of the geoportal. They handle the incoming orders and provide the data and information in the portal. The Portal has a series of specialized functions for these purposes.
The geoportal home page actually looks like this:
The general public user can always access the information section and use the functions in the sections “Maps and Products” and “Ask a question”.
All the functions of the mapping tool are explained in this manual.
The button “Our Products” opens the catalogue of the products available in the geoportal. This is a catalogue containing all the existing products offered by the different providers. The information sets about the products contained in the catalogue are called “metadata sets”.
In the section “Ask a question”, the menu “FAQ” ( Frequently Asked Questions) contains a list of questions + answers that may be of interest for many users. Any one can read the questions and answers.
With the button “Ask a question”, the user can formulate questions himself, which will be answered by the geoportal support team.
An authenticated user (login, password) can access to other functions that are adapted following his personal rights and permissions in the system.
In every case, he can use functions to
In this case, he has the status “customer” in the geoportal.
If he has other further going rights in the system, like
he becomes “special customer” of the geoportal.
If the user is a geodata and product provider of the geoportal, he has access to the special functions reserved for the providers:
As a geodata and product provider, the user is enabled to :
|Note : The contents of this manual can in no case imply obligations of service delivery or guarantee from ACT or other geoportal providers!|