Importing a Shapefile (and .kmz, .kml, .gpx., or .json)

Importing a shapefile with Landscape is easy, and can be done with just a few clicks.  For this article, I'll import a new parcel boundary for my Gilligan's Mountain property.  This is the workflow for a shapefile, but will also work for .kmz, .kml., .gpx., or .json file.  Within a Site Visit, you can also use this workflow to import geotagged photos as points.

Step 1:  Navigate to the source of the layer in Landscape.

If you're importing a shapefile associated with a Site Visit (like a GPS track), you want to start from that Site Visit page.  To edit or import an issue, you'll need to be in that issue record.  Similarly, to update the boundaries of a property, you should start from the main property page.  

Since this property is made up of two parcels, I'll select the parcel I want to upload. In this case - Gilligan's Mountain 1.

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Step 2: Enable editing on the layer

Once you're in the source of the layer that you'd like to edit, click the layers button on the map (1).  The map layers pane will open.  All the editable layers will be available, so find the layer that you would like to import (in this case 'Gilligan Mountain 1 Boundary' under 'This Parcel's Boundary Layer'), select the three dots next to it (2) and click 'Edit Layer' (3).  

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Tip:  If 'Edit Layer' is greyed out and you can't click it, it means you're either attempting to edit an uneditable layer, or you're in the wrong location.  For instance, you cannot edit a Stewardship Site Visit point from a Property.  You also cannot edit certain aggregate layers like 'All Properties' or 'Site Boundary'.

Step 3: Import the layer

Click the 'Import layer' button on the editor toolbar.

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You'll be prompted to choose the type of file that you'd like to import, and to choose the correct file.  You can also select 'Replace all the data in the layer?' if you're updating an existing layer.  

 

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Press 'OK' to upload the file, then press the thumbs up button to save your import.

 

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Click here to learn how to edit the shapefile once you've imported it.

If you encounter any errors, here's an article to help.

 

Quick How-to: Zipping a Shapefile (with Windows)

Shapefiles must be zipped in order for Landscape to import them.  A zipped shapefiles contains all of the component files that Landscape needs including .shp, .prj, .dbf and .shx.  After you generate the feature, navigate to the folder containing that feature, highlight all of the necessary files, right click and select 'Send To' --> 'Compressed (zipped) folder'. The zipped folder that you generate will be what you import into Landscape.


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