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Reserved words:

There are no reserved words in reference to any text entries, whether in the Project field, the Description, or any of the fields associated with POI or Track files. Most punctuation is acceptable but stay away from bizarre characters that you wouldn't normally see in text. The one exception is the use of the of the '<' and '>' in exactly this combination. Any text between the less-than and greater-then characters <this text will be ignored> will be ignored.

 

 

Project

(50 char max)
This should be a short name that best describes this record. This term shows as the name of the record above the map and is the term used to search Yahoo's Flickr. The Flickr search is an 'and' search so all of the words must match in order to bring up relevant Flickr photos. The Project field and the Description Field are the only required fields.

Description

(200 char max)
This is the primary text describing the record. It should be 'to the point' but also contain as many 'keywords' as possible. The LocEight search function is an 'or' search by default (can be changed) so any words will match the search term. The Project field and the Description Field are the only required fields.

POI

(500K max file size)
For uploaded GPS data the POI file is the primary data key driving the record. If you have a simple POI file (ex. Magellan eXplorist .upt file which only has waypoints) then you can also load a Track file (it doesn't have to be a Magellan .log file.) Complex files (ex. Google KML or Topographix GPX) can contain both POIs and Tracks and should be uploaded as a POI file - no track file is necessary. If you upload a complex POI file with Tracks and also a Track file the tracks in the POI file will be overwritten by the tracks in the Track file. There is no maximum on the number of POIs or track points but the more points a file contains the longer it takes to load - and the harder it is to present focused information to the searcher. Current file types that can be uploaded are CSV, LOC (you can use a text editor to stack multiple .LOC instances on top of each other and upload all as a single .LOC file. Each .LOC POI will contain a link to that record on the GC.COM web site), GPX, XML, UPT, KML, OV2, MPS, GDB, USR, WPT (Magellan and OziE), or .GPS files. Other type files will be rejected. Photos and text will appear under the first POI in the file, designated with the Orange INFO marker.

Track

(500K max file size)
Track points are used to draw polylines on the map. If you only upload a Track file (no POI file) any pictures or notations will appear on a 'POI point' created at one end of the track file. Current track files that can be uploaded are CSV, GPX, LOG, KML, NMA (.nma is our designated file suffix for a NMEA log file), TRK, and .PLT. All other type files will be rejected. If the track file is a complex file (KML, GPX, etc.) and contains POIs they will be treated like a POI file but the file really should be uploaded as a POI file instead of a track file.

Map

(1,000K max file size)
The intent of the Map upload is to take a screen shot of of your data on a map (ex. your data on a 3D Google Earth Map) and add notations to the map that personalize your POIs and Tracks with information from your experiences, more-so than you can do with just the tracks and POIs. These are GIF, JPG, and PNG files. Other type files will be rejected. Alternately, this can be used for an additional photo. This is a link to our Pismo Beach 3D Google Earth Map. This is one of our 3D Google Earth Point Reyes Maps. One software we like for grabbing screen shots is SnagIt although there are others available. Map mark-ups allow you to add much more of your experience to the record.

Photos

(1,000K max file size)
There's two thought processes on the photos. One of highlighting the data, locations, businesses, places, things, etc. You can think of these type records as promotional, documentation, historical, or business. The other is family and friends. And there is some crossover. We encourage you to focus your records in order to provide more information to the person searching for information. If the data leans both ways, make two records. But at the end of the day, its up to you, your data, your creativity, your record. These are GIF, JPG, and PNG files. All others will be rejected. An alternate method of adding photos is to upload them to your Yahoo Flickr account then name this Record (in the Project field - the first field above) with a very specific term that matches your Flickr search term. When the user clicks 'Flickr' on the map options it will open a browser to your photos.

Map and Photo Descriptions

(50 char max)
Descriptions are necessary for each Photo or Map. It becomes the text that the hyperlink to the photo is attached to (the clickable link.) If you upload a photo with no description it will still be in your record but just not show up on the map.

Link to Data Source
If you wish to associate yourself or your business with the data record enter a link to a web site of your choice. If you wish for your identity to remain hidden leave this field blank. This link will also appear in the copyright section of the .GPX Exchange and Google Earth KML file downloads.

Record Owner
This is your name or Company. This will also be the Copyright Owner in the header of any output .GPX Exchange file for this data record.

Logo
This is a small snapshot of your Logo. SnagIt, mentioned above is great for doing this. Let us know and we can make one for you. The size will generally have to be reduced to fit where it goes on the search and map page. Try to keep it under 40h x 80w pixels. GIF, JPG, PNG accepted.

Allow GPX Download
If checked it will allow anyone that visits the Record to download it in .GPX Exchange file format. If you wish make your data accessible please protect your data by entering the Record Owner and Link to data Source for copyright purposes. This check box also allows the record to be exported to Google Earth.

Allow Record Email
If checked it will allow anyone that visits the Record to E-mail a link to this record to someone else. The link will be 'locked' for GPX download and E-mail functions (even for you unless you login from that instance of the record.)
Hyperlink Entering a web link here will attach it to the Description (second item in this table). When the record is displayed on the map and the Info (I) pin is clicked, the Description will show. Clicking on the Description will open a new browser to this link.

Search & Modify
Search/Modify allows you to search through YOUR records for editing purposes. You can add search terms to any fields. Leaving fields blank will pull up all of your records. You must click 'Search/Modify' to edit records. NOTE: Do not use the 'Import Data' feature - you could wipe out ALL of your records.