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Looks like we haven't finished this entry for the new version yet, some of the information in the Profile Tab page should still be relevant though!

Your profile page is a place where you can customize your profile and view information about your MapWithUs account. Menu options on the right side of the page can be clicked on to edit and view different aspects of your account. Listed below are each of these options with an explanation of what they do.

Menu Options


The about section allows you to create and edit a profile with information about you that other users can see. You can set your name, location, email address, birthday, gender, your personal interests, and a brief description of yourself from this page.


This section allows you to view and edit information about your MapWithUs account. Under this section you are also allowed to view your monthly map embedded usage and view what websites have your maps embedded. You can choose to allow or block these websites listed from being able to continue to have your map embedded and displayed on that site. Descriptions of each field are listed below.

Account Type

The type of account you have. All accounts start off as a basic account with limited access to the main sites features and the mobile device features. Details of the pricing can be found here on the product page for our GIS system. "Account Type" will either show a "Not Licensed" link which will bring you to the purchase page or it will show a list of active licenses that are attached to your account.

Storage Used

This displays the amount of storage you have available and how much you have already used on our servers for your account. Each standard account comes with 100.0MB at no charge. The trial account allows for an additional 500.0MB of storage during the trial period. By purchasing a licenses you will be provided a total storage capability of 2000.0MB.

Change Password

Here you can change your password you use for logging into the MapWithUs website. To do so you need to enter your current password into the "Current Password" field, then enter below your new password into the "New Password". Then you will need to confirm your new password in the "Confirm" fields. Once you have completed all three fields you will need to click the "Change" button to put the new password into effect. If you fail to click the "Change" button the old password will still remain and your new password will not be saved.

Linked Accounts

This section allows you to link your MapWithUs account to your accounts on social media sites, such as OpenID, Facebook Connect, Google, and Twitter. To do this, Click the "Add New" button and a drop down menu should appear displaying all of the networks mentioned above. Once you have select the account type you want to add from the drop down menu to link accounts you will be redirected to that site where you will need to input your log in information for that site. Your accounts will not be linked together until the log in information for the social media site has been correctly entered. This ensures that it is actually you that is logging into and linking your accounts together.

Monthly Embedded Usage

This section displays the usage statistics for maps that you have embedded to other websites. These usage charts consist of unique items, total items, loaded items, and viewed items. To the right of these graphs is a number of the total available and the total number of usage. A percentage is also displayed of these numbers.

Embedded Map Referrers

This section displays for you a reference guide of a list of all URLs of websites that have been detected for embedding your maps you have created. Each map will have a list of the websites where it is displayed. Here you can choose to allow or block these selected websites from being able to continue to keep your map embedded to be viewed by others. These websites addresses will be shown in blue and can be clicked upon to be redirected to that page on the website that shows your map that is currently embedded.


Clicking the group link will expand a sub menu with other options. These options include: inviting users, a list of current members, mobile customizations, roles, permissions, data management, tracking, and TIES integration. Each option is explained below. The most important concept in managing a group of users is the "role". A role is a set of permissions, functions, and settings associated with a group of users. For example, the administrator could create a role that allows a user to create and edit maps but not delete maps. In addition, that role could be assigned a default mobile configuration, so when that user logged in via a mobile device they would have a default template for collecting data as well as other customized features.


This section allows you to invite existing users to your group and the option to create a new user or users by sending them an email notification. The email contains a join request from with a user name, a message with a personalized description of why you would like them to join MapWithUs, and a role that they will be automatically assigned once joining You can also view pending invitations.


Shows a list of members of your group. If you are a group owner this page also lets you assign and revoke group member licenses. Once a license is assigned to a group member the group member can then take advantage of any benefits the license assigned has to offer. Once a license is revoked, the license returns to an unused state and can be assigned to another (or the same) group member at anytime.


The mobile section allows you to customize mobile application options for each role such as the default template, the default map, adjust the GPS location settings, enable tracking through Swan Island Network's TIES platform, customize the buttons used for the mobile application, and choose when and how the data is uploaded.


The Roles section displays the name and properties of each role and allows you to manage the role assigned to the members of your group. Group members can be assigned more than one role. The mobile settings relies on roles, each mobile configuration is assigned to one role. You may edit or delete any of the roles under this section.


The Permissions section allows you to define access to various functions (e.g. map cration, deletion, etc) and features. A set of permissions is assigned to a role.


The data section allows you to create structured data types such as menu trees, templates, and rateables. Templates are a structured collection of other data types including primitives and structured data. Templates are often applied to a mobile configuration, so the user of the mobile device can collect structured data with ease.
Menu Trees
Menu Trees are a structured hierarchical data type. They allow you to create complex trees of data, so users in the field collecting data can easily navigate to "leaves" in the tree and select data. This section displays the title and description of the trees you have created. Like all data types they can be used in a template on your mobile device. To create simply drag a node to the tree. To delete a node or a whole branch simply drag and drop the item or branch onto a Recycle Bin icon on the right. You can also create a default value for a tree, by dragging onto the default value icon.
To navigate the tree using a keyboard you would use the following keys for certain functions.
-Up, Down keys: move around the tree nodes
-Left key: when pressed on a "category" type node will collaps the branch
-Right key: when pressed on a "category" type node will expand the branch
-F2: rename node
-Delete key - delete a node or a whole branch
-Space Bar key: makes node active/selected (for example to rename it with F2)
-Ctrl key: when held while dragging nodes/branches within a tree will copy the node/branch instead of moving.
-Shift key: can be used in combination with Up, Down keys to select multiple nodes (for multiple node deletion for example)
You may also select multiple nodes using Ctrl+click or Shift+click as done normally on folders/files in most popular operating systems.
Templates allow you to create a collection of data (often called a form). The template consists of basic components (such as photos, videos, audio, text) combined with structured data (menu trees and rateables). Templates are usually applied to a mobile configuration (hint: mobile configurations are attached to roles). If a default template has been applied to a mobile configuration, when a pin is dropped using mobile, a template pops up allowing you to collect structured data. To streamline your data collection, make sure you use default templates in the mobile configuration. This section also displays the templates you have already created.
If you have linked a TIES account associated with your account, you will also be able to push TIES Assets using templates. To create a TIES Template, enable auto-push to TIES and add the following elements:
  • Menu Tree (Category)
  • Custom Text (Event)
  • Menu Tree (Urgency)
  • Menu Tree (Severity)
  • Menu Tree (Certainty)
  • Custom Text (SenderName)
  • Custom Text (Headline)
  • Custom Text (CapDescription)
  • Menu Tree (Status)
  • Custom Text (Response)
  • Custom Text (Description)
  • Menu Tree (Message Type)
  • Date/Time (Start Date)
  • Date/Time (EndDate)
  • Date/Time (Expiration)
  • Custom Text (Instructions)
  • Custom Text (Name)
  • Custom Text (WebUrl)
Rateable Items
This section displays items that you have allowed to be rated by others. You can manage current items for rating and you can create a new item for rating. The rateable item lists consists of a minimum and a maximum rating, a description of what each ratings consist of, the date the rating item was created, and the last time the rating item was updated. You can make the rateable item public or private but even when private you can still move the item to a group.


Currently tracking is only available if you have a TIES account. If enabled for a mobile configuration, the users position is automatically pushed to the TIES system.

TIES Integration

The TIES account section allows you to add, edit, and delete accounts pertaining to Swan Island Networks TIES platform. This will enable you to push assets to your TIES accounts through


Maps, like groups, has a sub menu that expands when you select it. These links are analogous to those on the nav bar in the My Maps page. Clicking a link to an existing map will open the map in the Map Information tool.

Create New

Create new maps here. Clicking this link creates a new private map called "Untitled" and opens up the map editor in a new window so you can start making changes immediately. The map is initially private, but once you give it a name you can publish it for the public, or your group, to see. For more information, read about Creating a New Map.


This section will display all of the maps that have been submitted by yourself and your group. If you click on any of the maps listed a new tab will open up in your browser that will show the map, the name of the map, the name of who created the map, the ability to "like" the map, a description of the map if provided, and keywords assigned and associated with this map. On this new tab below the map you will have the ability to send the map to an email address, associate a link to the map, subscribe RSS feed to the map, display a map summary report, print the map, or report the map for abuse or spam. At the bottom of this page you will see more maps that are like the one you have selected. Above the information about the map there are buttons used for viewing the overlays of the map, searching for items on the map, comment and view comments on the map, and view a timeline of the map. Next to these buttons is a positive and a negative button which may be used to choose the contrast of the text on the map. Below that is a drop down menu that can be used to switch between viewing the map in satellite view or in standard map view. Above the map you can choose how many items you would like displayed on the map and how many days of editing you would like to have shown on the map.


This section allows you to view a condensed list of all your private or in other words unpublished maps that are only viewable by yourself. These maps can not be viewed by anyone else in your group or anyone else who searches for your map online.


This section allows you to view a condensed list of all maps that have been published for yourself and others to view. When you choose to publish or make a map public you have the choice to make the map viewable by either just everyone else inside your group or by everyone in your group as well as anyone else who searches for your map online.


The mobile settings allow you to change the look and feel of items upload from our mobile applications. You can choose to show a title in either the color of blue or orange, you can choose whether or not to show a photo thumbnail. You can select from a list of provided icons or you can upload a picture of your own to be displayed as an icon. You can choose where to set the anchor to the top, bottom, left, right or center of the dropped pin. If you are zoomed out when viewing the map there is an option in this menu to choose either to show each item individually or have them clustered together with a number displaying how many items are in the cluster. When clustered you can see each item individually when you zoom in closer on the map.

Note: If you are part of a MapWithUs group, most of your mobile settings will be determined by your "role". If you are an administrator you can find the mobile settings for your group under the mobile menu item.


Under notifications you choose what to be notified and what not to be notified about via email. These include MapWith.Us news and updates, account alerts, anytime a comment is posted to your profile, a map you created, an overlay, articles, or points on a map. Under this section you can select and update the email address you would like the notifications sent to. You can select an email address to have the notifications sent if any of your maps or articles are reported by anyone for being spam.


The photo option displays the photos that have been uploaded by yourself and anyone else inside your group. This is also where you can browse and upload any photo from your computer to be used for an avatar or to be used for a component for a position on a map you create with MapWithUs..


This section shows a productivity reports of all members of your group. There is a graph that displays an estimate of each members article contributions in the form of a pie chart. Below that is a timeline chart that displays how many articles were created on what day and who created them. At the bottom of the page is a list of each articles name, the name of the user who created them, and the date and time the article was created. You have the option in this menu to display and download a detailed log of the last time each member of your group logged into the MapWithUs website. You can choose to export these reports for downloading via PDF, DOC, XLS, and PPT files.