Help page

The main page of the EIEL provides a way to access the application and to choose one of the three available languages.

Figure 1. Main page of the WebEIEL

1. Main sections of the webEIEL

The webEIEL application is organized in the following sections, the most important will be explained below in detail:

Main page

This is the main entrance to the Web and it allows the user to see its content and to choose the desired language.


It consists of the following subsections:

- Synthetic maps

They show the level of services of the different municipalities in a province map, according to the synthetic indicators, defined by the Ministerio de Administraciones Públicas.

- Thematic Maps

They show the available information of the province in interactive thematic maps (road map, treatment, etc.). Users can focus on the desired areas to search for information relative to any visible infrastructure or facility.

- Predefined Maps

This section allows the users to download predefined thematic maps that represent the most meaningful information included in the EIEL divided by regions or municipalities. These maps can be obtained in .pdf format.

- Historic maps

This page contains links to download historic map in which we can obtain maps of Province of Coruña.


This section is organised in the following subsections:

- Municipal Report

Municipal reports contain a group of indicators used to obtain the global synthetic indicators. Such indicators provide a useful variable to analyze the municipalities with respect to the regional or provincial standard. In this section users can either download the municipal reports of each municipality in .pdf format navigate to access to a dynamic query page where they can see the report indicators online.

- Personalized Report

It allows the users to access the report data in an interactive way, selecting in the menus the concrete information to query. If the information is relative to infrastructures/facilities, the personalized report provides a way to see their exact location in a map.

- Provincial Report

It offers statistical provincial data to the user, such as area, number of inhabitants, etc.

- Predefined Reports

It contains alphanumeric information of the facilities and infrastructures of the selected municipality. The reports are available in .pdf format.


Search engine and localizer of the place names in the province registered by the Deputación da Coruña.


Metadata represent support information about elements which make reference. They are useful to gather information or to search for entities of similar elements.


It consists of the following subsections:

- Update dates

It shows the last date when the data were updated in the Deputación da Coruña database.

- Working groups

It presents the staff and resources that create and support the web.

- Documents

This section gives access to documents and works, which use or reference data obtained from the EIEL.

- Difusion documents

Page that contains documentation, related articles, and another interesting data about the webEIEL 2.0 and ideAC projects.


This page shows people involved in the webEIEL 2.0 and ideAC projects.

IdeAC Node

It describes the ideAC node, defined, identified and classified inside the infrastructure and spatial data network of Spain. The EIEL node IdeAC fulfils the requirements specified in the IDE (GSDI) global network.


gisEIEL is a GIS application to Diputación and municipality technicians. It contains all the functionalities to manage data of EIEL (Enquisa de Infraestructuras e Equipamentos Locais), analyzing data and validating results and printing cartography and reports.

- Introduction

Explains the Project gisEIEL

- Features

Contains information about the different tasks you can perfom with gisEIEL

- Downloas

Allows yo to download an executable and test data gisEIEL. It also gives the option to run the application from te platform JavaWebStart

- License

Contains information about developers and license


It provides contact information to improve the web functionality or to report non detected errors.


This section helps to understand the different parts of the web. It is organised in the following sections:

- Manual

This section makes the user manual available.

- Help in PDF

In this section the user can download the user manual in PDF format.

- Frequently Asked Questions

In this section the user can find answers to the most frequently questions about the web.

Legal Notice

Legal notice about the conditions of use of the data contained in the web.

2. Synthetic maps

This section allows the user to obtain maps of A Coruña province that provides the level of facilities of each municipality, measured using the synthetic indicators.

mapas sinteticos
Figure 2. Synthetic indicators selection page

In order to obtain a map, the user should choose an indicator, which will be used to compute the synthetic map. Each indicator is contained inside a Group that collects maps of similar types. With the Size field the user can choose the final visualization size. This is a very useful field for users with a low resolution screen (allowing them to visualize the whole map in the screen), or with a low bandwidth internet connection (the bigger the map, the longer the time we have to wait).

The Metadata option obtains the information of the selected map. This option will be explained below in more detail.

Once the desired map and size have been selected, the Enter button must be pressed. Then, the application opens a new window with the map.

As it can be seen in Figure 3, every municipality is represented in a different colour, depending on its indicator value. On the right hand side of the map, the legend shows the correspondence between the indicator values and the colours.

We can see the formula used to calculate the indicator in the link Formula, which is located below the legend. By clicking on Print Map, we can see a pdf file with the map, which can either be printed or saved to disk.

The whole indicators list is shown on the left margin of the browser (with the selected indicator highlighted). To change the current indicator the user only has to click on the desired indicator of the list.

By clicking over the map we can see the indicator value of the municipality placed below the mouse pointer, and the weight of the indicator to obtain the Global Synthetic Index.

indice cultural
Figure 3. Culture synthetic index map

3. Thematic Maps

In this section we can select an area inside the province of A Coruña to see an interactive thematic map. Using the selection page in Figure 4, we can choose the type of map and the initial area to centre it.

mapa tematico
Figure 4. Thematic maps selecting page

The page shown in Figure 4 allows de user to select several properties, which will define de map generated by the application. The selection fields are:

* Map: choose one:

-Global information and equipments: It presents information about the population settlements and land types, as well as information about the available public equipments.

-Road network: It reveals information relative to the province road network titular.

-Street paving in settlements: It contains further information about the road paving types in the settlements.

-Water supply: it presents information relative to the water supply network.

-Waste waters: it presents information relative to the waste water network.

-Other municipal services: it contains useful information about other municipal services, such as public lighting, electric network or waste disposal.

-Personalized: it can be used to design a custom map, by selecting different layers of information.

* Municipality: this selection field is used to select the municipality in which the map will be centred. Selecting the municipality in the map showed in Figure 4 will have the same effect.

* Entity, Settlement (EIEL), Settlement (Census): this selection field allows to centre the initial area of the map even more, by selecting the entity or settlement inside the municipality, which was selected in the previous step.

* Size: this selection field allows to choose the final visualization size. This is a very useful field for users with a low resolution screen (allowing them to visualize the whole map in the screen), or with a low bandwidth Internet connection (the bigger the map, the longer the time we have to wait).

* See Metadata: it shows the metadata associated with the current selected map. Metadata are data referred to the maps, layers or elements represented in the map, such as the entity responsible for them or the geographic field in which they are contained.

* Map Type: it is used to se the map information in a more global way, changing visible layers, measuring distances and areas, selecting single information elements, printing maps, etc

-EIEL Map: The caps base that is loaded are obtained of the base of information of the EIEL

-OpenStreetMap: The caps base that is loaded are obtained of the base of information of OpenStreetMap

It is not necessary to fill all the fields of the form. However, if we leave many blank fields, the resulting map will be very general. It would be better to specify the more fields we can, to avoid unnecessary data loading, with its corresponding waste of time.

Furthermore it must be taken into account that some of the layers are not visible until a specific level of detail is reached, for example, buildings only appear when we are very close to the ground and, depending on the scale, the level of detail will be different.


If we choose the "Interactive Map" option, once we have selected the map type, the visualization region and the size in the thematic map selection page (Figure 4), a map with more functionalities will be presented. Dynamic thematic maps are designed for an interactive use, for instance, the possibility to select visible layers, jump to an specific zoom level, generate a .pdf file with the information visualized on the screen or inspect the information of a singular element, etc.

Figure 5. Thematic map with some layers loaded at a low scale level

As it can be seen in the Figure 5, the thematic maps are presented in a window divided in four main parts:

- The interactive map:

It is the central and main part of the window, where we can see the selected area. The user can interact with the map using the mouse and the tools in the toolbar. If we move the mouse over the map, the element below it is selected and highlighted automatically. Besides, some tools from the toolbar help the user to see the available information of the selected element.

- The dynamic toolbar:

It is located at the top of the window. It is used to select the type of action that will be accomplished when we use the mouse over the interactive map. The available tools are:

zoom in (): when this tool is selected, by clicking on a point of the map, it is centred on the screen and zoomed in by a scale enlargement.

Zoom out (): if we click on a point of the map with this tool selected, it is centred on the screen and zoomed out by a scale reduction.

Region zoom (): it is used to select the region which will be centred in the map. With this tool selected, the user clicks first in a corner of the region and the user clicks next in the opposite corner. The map is then centred in the region between the two points.

Move (): with this tool selected, we can displace across the map in order to see the next regions. We must click on a point of the map and then move the pointer to the desired region.

Information (): this tool is used to see the information associated with each element displayed in the map. We use it by clicking over the element (making sure that the interactive map is selecting this object), and the information about the object will be displayed in a new window.

Distance (): it is used to measure distances in the map drawing polylines directly in the map. To select the points that conform the polyline we must click over the map and the distance is displayed (in metres) into the white square on the right of the toolbar.

Area (): it is used for the measuring of areas in the map drawing a polygon delimited by a set of points directly in the map. These points are selected by clicking over the map. The area (in square meters) is displayed into the white square on the right of the toolbar.

Print (): it generates a .pdf file with the map that is currently being displayed on the screen, and it can be downloaded to the user computer. The map can also be customized with the date, title and municipality name.

Sort layers (): can sort the different layers in the window

See in Google Earth (): It allows to see the caps in Google Earth

Link URL (): It allows to generate a link url with the necessary code to incrust the map in any web page

- The Legend:

Localized on the left hand side of the window. It is used for selecting the information displayed in the map. The information layers are grouped in different categories, which are represented in the legend with green background. If we select a category, it is spread out showing all the information layers. We can select which layers are displayed with the check boxes on the left. The symbol for representing the layer on the map is on the right of the layer name. If the layer is not being currently represented, the text N.V. (not visible) appears. The user can apply some of these changes to a map: add and remove layers, change visualization scale and modify the region represented.

- The context information:

It is located in the low part of the page and displays, in a little image of the province, the area that is currently being visualized. Furthermore, it offers additional information, for example, the visualization scale. The pyramid showed on the right can be used to zoom in or zoom out the map faster than with the zoom tools.

4. Downloadable elements section

Some of the sections contain downloadable reports or maps in .pdf format files including: Predefined Maps, Municipal Report, Predefined Reports, Documents or Papers.

mapas predefinidos
Figure 6. Predefined maps selection page

In case the documents can be related with any region, municipality or concrete element, these elements are displayed on the screen. For example, in the Predefined Maps section (see Figure 6), if we click on any of this links, it will lead us to another page with the documents ordered by sections. The section Predefined Maps contains the following types of reports:

General Information and Service Provision: it contains general information about urban classification and uses, as well as available public equipments. This urban general information has only a statistical value, without any legal implication. The settlement boundaries sometimes appear modified according to the current planning and contain autonomic types of urban land and rural settlement.

Road network: it contains information about road network in the municipality.

Street paving withing settlements: it contains information about the street paving within the settlements of the municipality.

Water supply: it displays information about the water supply network.

Sewerage: it shows information about the sewerage network.

Other urban services: it contains information about urban services, for instance, public lighting, electric network or waste disposal.

5. Metadata section

This section contains information relative to the metadata stored about elements in the EIEL databases.

Metadata represent significant or helpful information about the described elements, and they can be useful to obtain information or build queries about similar entities, focused on the available maps and layers.

listar metadatos
Figure 7. Metadata search page

For instance, if we want to get metadata from the EIEL layers, we must click over the List link in the option In Layers. But if we want to know if there is any map with the word Network in its title, we must go to the map search option and type it in the Search field. A list with the different possibilities will appear and we can navigate through this element metadata.

We can get the same information by clicking over the See Metadata buttons, associated to the elements throughout the application, like in the Predefined Maps or Thematic Maps sections.

Figure 8. Metadata associated with a map element

As can be seen in Figure 7, all of the titles and subtitles within the page can be spread out or closed for a better global visualization.

6. Gazetteer

The gazetteer provides a simply way to find any place name stored in the Deputación da Coruña databases. The interface is similar to a Static Thematic map.

Figure 9. Gazetteer initial page

To find a place name, we must type it in the field Name, and select the Concordance level (is exactly, head with, any word, all words).

We can restrict the search to Municipality, Region or Settlement using the field Type. We can also restrict the search to a geographic region checking Selection by Zone and using the dotted square tool to select the region.

7. Notes about other sections

- Suggestions

This section is the best and fastest way to submit suggestions and questions to the Deputación Provincial Service responsible for this project. We would be pleased to receive any suggestion.

- PDF files visualization

All the downloadable documents in the Web are in .pdf format. This kind of files can be opened by any browser if they have installed the right program. Otherwise, it is necessary to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be free downloaded.