Norman Interactive Base Map Help


Welcome to the City of Normanís interactive mapping website. The new general interactive map contains the same information as the previous version of the Cityís mapping website. While General Map is a fairly comprehensive application, the amount of data displayed may make its performance slow. The City will provide additional targeted thematic map applications over the coming months for those who do not need a comprehensive application.

The City of Norman provides this website for your convenience. The data are to be used for general reference only. All data are provided as is, with all faults, and without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied purpose. The City of Norman does not warrant that the GIS data will meet your requirements nor that operation of the GIS data and/or website will be uninterrupted and error free. Verifying the accuracy of all information through official sources is the responsibility of the user. Maps and data generated using this website may be e-mailed or printed, with the understanding that they will be used for general reference only, without any claims of completeness or accuracy.

By accessing this site, you acknowledge and accept the limitations presented herein, including the fact that the data are dynamic, and updated on a periodic basis. Persons using information provided by this website acknowledge that any use of this information will be at their own risk and agree to hold harmless the City of Norman from any liability or damages that result from the use of this information.

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Table of Contents

1.       Getting Started

2.       Navigation

a.       Basic Navigation

b.      Find Address

3.       Contents Tools

a.       Select Map Layers

b.      Legend

c.       View Feature Attributes

d.      Measurement Tools

e.      Drawing/Text Tools

f.        Add Graphics

g.       Add Text

h.      Print Map

i.        Export Data



Getting Started

The Interactive Map is divided into three distinct parts:

         Navigation Tools

         Map Area

         Table of Contents/Tools




The Map Area displays GIS layers and user entered text and graphics.

The Navigation Tools allow users to navigate the map by zooming, panning and by user provided addresses.

The Table of Contents/Tools part contains tools that allow users to select the layers displayed in the map area, determine position, measure length or area, draw text or graphics, print formatted maps and export GIS data.




The navigation tools are used to move around the map.Navigation tools include basic tools to change the map focus and scale as well as tools to move to areas based on a user provided address.

Basic Navigation


††††††††††††††† These tools are found in the upper left portion of the map.


†† Zoom In

†† Zoom Out


Zoom to the previous extent

Zoom to the next extent (only available if the zoom to previous extent has been used)


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Find an Address


This tool is found in the upper right portion of the map.The focus of the map will be changed to the closest matching address.

1.       Enter an address

2.       Press locate


3.       The Map will re-center over the closest match and a label with the address will be added

Note:†† The GIS is updated regularly but there may be some delay in the addition of new address ranges associated with new development

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Table of Contents/Tools

The table of contents, legend and map tools are organized in an accordion container with tabs corresponding to major tasks.

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Select Map Layers


The Select Map Layers tab includes a list of all layers available in the map arranged in thematic groups.To make the layer visible, the click on the box to the left of the layer in the Visible column.The Active column is used to select layers for tasks such as viewing attributes and exporting data.These tasks are explained in detail their respective help topic sections.

Note:Some layers are not visible at all scales to create more readable maps.††

Available Layers


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The legend tab shows the symbols used for all visible layers.


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View Feature Attributes


The thematic layers on the map have non spatial attributes associated with them (e.g. names, dates, etc.).†† To view this information for a specific feature:

1.       Make the layer active by clicking on the checkbox in the Active column

2.       Click on a feature in the map area and a box will appear with the available attributes



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Measurement Tools


These tools allow the user to measure distances, areas and determine latitude and longitude on the map canvas.


Measure Area


Measure Distance


Measure Position


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Drawing and Text Tools


These tools allow the user to add graphics (points, lines and polygons) and text to the map canvas.

Note:These are only available during the current session and are not saved.


Add Graphics


One or more graphic features may be added to the map.

1.       Click on the Drawing Tools tab

2.       Select a color by clicking a grid on the color palette

3.       Select a transparency for polygons between 0 and 100%

0% = completely opaque

100% = completely transparent (no shading)

4.       Select a line weight (higher numbers are thicker)

5.       Click on a graphic type button (point, multipoint, line, polyline, Freehand Polyline, Polygon, Freehand Polygon) to select and activate the drawing tool

6.       Draw on the map canvas using the cursor





7.       User generated graphics and text may be cleared by pressing the Clear Graphics button


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Add Text


User generated text may be added to the map at one or more locations.

1.       Enter the text that will be added to the map in the Enter Text text box.

2.       Select a color by clicking a grid on the color palette

3.       Select a font weight (e.g. normal, bold) from the Weight dropdown list.

4.       Select a font size (higher numbers correspond to larger text) from the size dropdown list

5.       Specify an angle for the text in degrees.The angle is 0 for horizontal and is measured in a clockwise direction

0 = horizontal

90= vertical orientation with text reading down

180 = text upside down


6.       Toggle kerning on and off.Kerning proportions the space between characters for clearer more visually appealing result.

7.       Click on the map to place text.


Note: The text in the box will draw at each place the map is clicked while the Add Text tab is open.


8.       User generated graphics and text may be cleared by pressing the Clear Graphics button


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Print Map


This tool converts the area visible on the screen to a formatted pdf file.The pdf provides a higher quality map than printing directly from the webpage and includes a user provided title, date, scale bar and other map elements.

1.       Open the Print Map tab

2.       Enter a title in the text box and press the Print Map button


3.       A warning box will pop-up on the screen with instructions.Press OK to continue generating the pdf



4.       The pdf will open in a new tab on your browser.The map may be printed directly from the browser or saved for later use.


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Export GIS Data


This tool is used to export data from a user defined area on the Interactive Map to a shapefile, geodatabase, AutoCad, or Bently Microstation Design format.

Note:The user will need a GIS or CAD programs to use these files.


1.       Select the layers to be exported by clicking on the Active checkbox in the Select Map Layers tab


2.       Click on the DrawPolygon button and click on the map canvas to draw a polygon around the area for the data export

3.       Press the Export Data button.A message will pop-up with a instructions and list of the layers to be extracted.Press the OK button to continue with the export process.


4.       The results are packaged in a zip file format.A window will popup when the data is ready


5.       The files can then be extracted and opened in a GIS or CAD program

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