Geolocating Assets

Geolocation is a feature that enables you to add the geographic coordinates where an asset was created, as metadata to your assets. You can add geolocation metadata to your web content, data lists, and documents & media. This feature is provided for you out-of-the-box by Liferay DXP 7. However, you must first enable it in your assets in order to use it.

Having the ability to Know where your user data is coming from, allows you to visualize patterns quickly and efficiently, so you can create a optomized experience that caters to the needs of the end user.

Next, you’ll examine how you can enable geolocation in your web content.

Geolocating Web Content

To use geolocation in your web content, make sure your structure includes a Geolocation field.

Figure 1: Add a geolocation field to your structure to enable geolocation in your web content.

Figure 1: Add a geolocation field to your structure to enable geolocation in your web content.

Once the structure is created, creating a template that uses the geolocation is a piece of cake. Create a new template and select the structure you just created with the geolocation field. Scroll down to the Script heading and locate the Fields section. Here you will see Content and Geolocation snippets. Click on the snippets to add them to the template, and Save.

Figure 2: Add the Content and Geolocation snippets to quickly create your web content template.

Figure 2: Add the Content and Geolocation snippets to quickly create your web content template.

To set your location for the web content, you can share your location with the browser, type a specific address into the address bar on the map, or even drag the indicator and drop it in any point in the map and the address will be automatically updated to reflect the new point. Once the web content is saved, the location is added as metadata to the web content.

Figure 3: You can enter your location in the address bar, move the indicator to a location, or share your location with the browser.

Figure 3: You can enter your location in the address bar, move the indicator to a location, or share your location with the browser.

Geolocating Data Lists

To use geolocation in your dynamic data lists, you first have to create a data definition that includes a geolocation field. To do this, open the Menu and navigate to ContentDynamic Data Lists. Click the Options menu and select Manage Data Definitions. Click the Add button to create a new data definition. Enter a name, optional description, and parent data definition if you have one. Scroll down and add a Geolocation field to the data definition, along with any other fields you wish to add and Save. Navigate back to the Dynamic Data Lists screen and click the Add button () to create a new list. Enter a name and optional description. Finally, click the Select button and choose the newly created data definition. Now that your data list is complete you can use the Data List Display portlet to display it.

Geolocating Documents and Media

To enable geolocation in your documents & media, you must first create a custom document type that includes geolocation metadata. You can add geolocation metadata as part of a Metadata Set or as part of the new document type. To add geolocation metadata as part of a Metadata Set, open the Menu () and navigate to ContentDocuments and Media. Open the Options () menu, and select Metadata Sets. Click the Add () button and enter a name, optional description, and Parent Metadata Set if you have one. Scroll down and add a Geolocation field, along with any additional fields you wish to have, and Save.

To create the new document type with geolocation, navigate to Documents and Media, open the Options () menu and select Document Types. Click the Add button () and enter a name and optional description. Scroll down to the Main Metadata Fields heading and add a Geolocation field along with any other fields you wish to have for the document type. If you are using a Metadata Set, scroll down to the Additional Metadata Fields heading, click the Select Metadata Set button, and choose your Metadata Set with the geolocation metadata and Save.

Now, navigate back to the Documents and Media screen and click the Add button () and select your newly created document type. Fill out the information for the document, and just as with the web content, your location is automatically obtained from the browser and added to your document.

Once your assets are geolocation enabled, you can use the Asset Publisher to display the location of the assets on a map, using the map display template. Check out the Configuring Display Settings section to learn more.

Figure 5: The Asset Publisher can display your geolocated assets on a map.

Figure 5: The Asset Publisher can display your geolocated assets on a map.

Next, you’ll learn about Liferay DXP’s Search application.

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