Using imported layers

Once your data has been uploaded to a project in the drive, it can be visualized, used, and edited in real time. Here, you can also import data layers from other drive maps to compile a complete view of all your data in 2D and 3D.

When looking to combine both vector data and raster data, or raster data of different types, you need to create a new project for each of these data types and keep in mind that access to your maps is set at project level. Click here to view a diagram that helps you decide how to appropriately divvy up your data across projects. Once the required projects are created, you can import them for simultaneous visualization and use (click here to learn how). This modularity ensure that you mix, match, and manage your content flexibly.

Importing a layer into a project is ‘sticky’, meaning that the drive remembers that this data layer should always be available when opening the project, until you choose to remove it again. When using the ‘share current view’ button (top left of the viewer) you’ll also see that you can configure imported layers in any way you like and the person you share the link with will be seeing exactly the same.

Note: One thing to be mindful of here, is that you need to make sure that link sharing is turned on and set to the proper access level for each project that you import. Otherwise some layers my not be visible/editable. For some users such selective visibility may actually be the intent.

If you want to avoid making a choice about which project to use to import other layers into, you can also create an empty Shape project and populate it with vector and raster data by importing layers from elsewhere in the drive. This user has also chosen to create projects like this.

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