CoastBase User Guide

CoastBase User Guide
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CoastBase User Guide
1. About
CoastBase is a database of information on priority coastal issues in Atlantic Canada. It is
intended to help facilitate greater networking and collaboration on coastal research initiatives,
to promote informed decision-making, and to make information about coastal issues more
accessible to policy-makers, coastal managers, stakeholders, and the public. CoastBase was
developed by the Coastal Research Network Secretariat at Dalhousie University with support
from the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Environment Canada.
The database contains information on Priority Coastal Issues in Nova Scotia:
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Coastal Biodiversity, Habitats, and Ecosystems
Coastal Hazards and the Impacts of Climate Change
Coastal Water Quality
Coastal Development
Public Coastal Access
Working Waterfronts
Coastal Governance
Information in the database is stored in six inter-related sections:
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Contacts
Organizations and branches
Publications
Research and monitoring projects
Legislation and policies
Mapping and data sets
CoastBase allows the user to easily explore relationships between the information found in the
different sections in the database. For example, when viewing a particular organization’s profile
you will be able to find information about the various branches, contacts, publications, research
and monitoring projects, legislation and policies, and mapping/data sets that are affiliated with
the organization.
This user guide is intended to help users get the most out of CoastBase. The sections below will
explain how to use the search and wiki-submit features of the database so you can find the
information you need and upload relevant content for others to see.
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2. General
To use CoastBase visit: http://coastbase.ca/. The key areas of the home page are shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. CoastBase home page showing the location of the search tool, the wiki-submit tool, the updates and
corrections form, and the main menu.
3. Searching CoastBase
3.1 Using the Search Tool
CoastBase’s search tool allows users to search the database for information by keywords,
sections, and/or location (Figure 2).
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Figure 2. CoastBase’s search tool is located in the upper-left hand corner of the home page.
Basic Search: To conduct a basic search of the database, leave all boxes in the search tool blank
and click the Search button. You will then be able to browse the database for information by
viewing all records in each section (Figure 3).
Keywords: To search by keywords, click on the Keywords text box, type the keywords, and
press enter. The word or phrase will then appear in the text box. Select “Any” to search for
records that match any of the keywords you entered or “All” to search for records that match
all of the keywords you entered. Click the Search button to search the database for records that
match the keywords you entered.
Sections: To search by sections, click on the Sections box and a list of the database sections will
appear. Select the section(s) you would like to search by checking the box next to the section
name. Click the Search button to search the database for records within these sections that
match the keyword and/or location search criteria that you entered.
Location: To search by location, click on the Locations box and a list of the locations associated
with records in the database will appear. Select the location you would like to search by
dragging the cursor over the name of the location and left-clicking. Click the Search button to
search the database for records associated with the location that you selected. Note: you can
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also search the database by location using the Keyword search by entering a location(s) in the
keyword box.
3.2 Viewing and Exploring Search Results
The search results view is shown in Figure 3 below. The search criteria you entered is shown at
the top of the screen above the record view. Search results are organized according to the
database sections which are listed on the left-hand side of the screen. You can view the records
in each section that match your search criteria by clicking on the different section names.
Figure 3. CoastBase search results page showing sections, search criteria, and record view.
To view detailed information about a particular record, click on the title of the record in the
record view. All of the information in the database about the record will be displayed on the
screen (Figure 4). You can also view associated records in other sections of the database by
clicking on the section tabs located above the record view. For example, when viewing an
organization’s record you can see all of the branches, contacts, publications, research and
monitoring programs, legislation and policies, and mapping and data sets associated with that
organization by clicking on the appropriate tab.
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Figure 4. CoastBase search results page showing record view and associated section tabs.
4. Using the Wiki Submit Tool
CoastBase’s wiki submit tool allows users to upload content to the database. To use this tool,
begin by clicking on the wiki submit button on the CoastBase home page (Figure 1). Next, click
on the drop-box and select the type of information you would like to upload to the database
from the list (Figure 5).
Figure 5. The wiki submit tool allows users to upload content to the various sections of the database.
After you have selected the type of information you would like to upload to the database, a
data form will appear (Figure 6). Complete the form by entering the required information and
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then clicking the Submit button at the bottom of the page. The information will then be
reviewed by the database administrator and added to CoastBase.
Figure 6. Wiki submit Contact form showing required fields.
5. Updates and Corrections
To update or correct errors in an existing record in CoastBase, click on the link to the Updates
and Corrections Form located on the CoastBase home page (Figure 1). Complete the form by
entering the required information and then clicking the Submit button at the bottom of the
page. The information will then be reviewed by the database administrator and the record will
be updated and/or corrected.
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