Link Project Templates

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Link Project Templates

The foundation of EQuIS Link is creating mapping project templates that can be used to easily map source data to an EQuIS format for upload to an EQuIS database. Once created, mapping project templates can be used repeatedly to load data. An existing mapping project template can be edited and then saved as a different template. Users can create a library of mapping project templates to meet their needs.

 

Note: Mapping project templates are eXtensible Markup Language (XML) files denoted with a .link file extension and are compatible with EQuIS Collect templates.

 

 

Create a New Mapping Project Template

 

1.Open EQuIS Professional and select EDP edp_icon from the Import group of the Home ribbon. Professional EDP opens in a separate window.

2.Within Professional EDP, load the desired format file (e.g., Geotechnical.zip) to use as the target sections and fields in the EDD. Load a format file by selecting the Format button EDP_Format_icon located in the Open group of the Home ribbon.

3.Select the Link ribbon and click the New button in the Project Group.

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4.In the Save As window, browse to the desired file folder. Create a file name and click the Save button to create the new mapping project template file.

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5.The Mapping Project window opens. The file name and path are displayed in the window frame. Enter a mapping project template name and description.

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6.Click the Load Source Tables button to display an Open File window. Browse to the folder containing the source data. Use the file type drop-down to filter data files by file type. Select and Open the desired source data file.

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7.A message box will detail which file was loaded and how many data tables the file contained. Click the OK button.

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8.Select the Source Table drop-down menu to view the available source data tables. Select the desired source table from the list to begin the data mapping process.

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9.Add as many data mappings as needed. See the Data Mapping article for details on creating and editing data mappings.

10.Click the Save button to save changes to the mapping project template.

11.Click the OK button to close the Mapping Project window.

12.EQuIS Link is now ready to load data files to map to the EDD format.

 

 

Open a Mapping Project Template

 

1.Open EQuIS Professional and select EDP edp_icon from the Import group of the Home ribbon. Professional EDP opens in a separate window.

2.Within Professional EDP, load the corresponding format file (e.g., Geotechnical.zip) to use as the target sections and fields in the EDD. Load a format file by selecting the Format button EDP_Format_icon located in the Open group of the Home ribbon.

3.Select the Link ribbon and click the Open button in the Project Group.

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4.In the Open File window, browse to the folder containing the desired mapping project template file. Select and Open the file to load the existing data mappings. To support the Geotechnical Module, an example mapping project template (i.e., gINT_US.link) has been provided in the tutorial folder (e.g., C:\Program Files\EarthSoft\EQuIS\Tutor\GeoTechnical\Link).

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5.The Mapping Project window opens displaying the data mappings associated with the project template. Click the OK button.

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6.EQuIS Link is now ready to load data files to map to the EDD format.

 

 

Edit a Mapping Project Template

 

An existing mapping project template can be edited to accommodate source data changes. An existing mapping project template can also be edited and then saved as a different template.

 

1.Open EQuIS Professional and select EDP edp_icon from the Import group of the Home ribbon. Professional EDP opens in a separate window.

2.Within Professional EDP, load the corresponding format file (e.g., Geotechnical.zip) to use as the target sections and fields in the EDD. Load a format file by selecting the Format button EDP_Format_icon located in the Open group of the Home ribbon.

3.Select the Link ribbon and click the Open button in the Project Group.

4.In the Open File window, browse to the folder containing the desired mapping project template file. Select and Open the file to load the existing data mappings.

5.After the project template loads, click the Edit button in the Project Group.

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6.The Mapping Project window opens. The file name and path are displayed in the window frame.

7.(Optional) To use the existing template to create a new template, click the Save As button to change the file name. Change the mapping project template name and description.

8.Make the desired edits to the data mappings. See the Data Mapping article for details on editing the data mappings.

9.Click the Save button.

10.Click the OK button to close the Mapping Project window.

 

 

Tip: Mapping Project templates are eXtensible Markup Language (XML) files denoted with a .link file extension. Thus, the Mapping Project templates can be opened in a browser window to view the data mapping.

 

Mapping Project templates are also compatible with Collect templates, and therefore, Collect pre-population or collect forms templates can be opened and used to map data. Type in *.xml in the open dialog when opening a Mapping Project Template to see XML files and select the PrePopulation.xml or FormsDef.xml file that are provided in Collect template zip files available on the EarthSoft Community Center.

 

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