Using your Web browser, you can access and display a subset of geospatial data available at the DNR. WebView includes an online help system describing the function of each button or tool. (Note: This application uses technical terms familiar to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals.)
What can I do with WebView?
WebView is interactive, which means you determine the type of content and level of detail you see on the maps. In addition, WebView is not just a mapping tool, it gives you direct access to databases held at the DNR. With WebView, you can do things like:
- Create a custom map using DNR geospatial data, add a simple point symbol and your own text to the map, and then save it to a printable Adobe PDF document.
- E-mail a map you created to a friend or colleague.
- View digital aerial photos for any location in Wisconsin.
- Answer questions like "What cities or villages are within 25 miles of Ladysmith?", "Where is Pierce county?" or "What USGS 24K quadrangle maps cover the Town of Sherman in Iron County?"
- The "Identify by Radius" tool allows you click anywhere on the map, and view more information about features within a specified radius.
- Use the "Find location" tab to find a location by typing in a map coordinate. The find location tab can also be used to find other areas of interest, such as a city or a PLSS Township/Range/Section.
- Use the "measure area" tool to calculate the approximate area of a property in acres or square miles by tracing the property boundaries from a digital aerial photo on your computer screen.
- Measure the distance between two or more points.
- Use the "drill down" identify tool to display information about each visible layer at the map position clicked.
- Wisconsin Transverse Mercator (WTM) and latitude/longitude coordinates are displayed in your browser status bar as you move the cursor around the map.
- More advanced users have more "select" options available. This includes select by buffer, select by box, and select by polygon.
- "Themes" are used to further organize the data layers and tools in WebView. In short, a theme is a specialized "view" of WebView for a specific audience, or for a specific task.
What do I need to use WebView?
All you need is a Web browser. WebView requires modern browsers. We strongly recommend you set your computer screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels to get the best results, but WebView will work at 800 x 600.
- Contact information
- For information or comments on WebView, contact:
- DNR Bureau of Technology Services