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General Information / User Guide / Quick Tips

All active Borden records registered up to September 7, 2007 were extracted from the CMC Sites Database and compiled into two searchable .dbf tables for use as layers in this WMS:  the Archaeological Sites layer and the Research Activity layer. 

The Archaeological Sites layer contains:

Borden Number | Upper Borden | Lower Borden | Sequence Number | Site Name | Designated Heritage Sites and National Parks Sites | Territory/Province | District/County | Site Type Class | Site Type | Features | Culture

The Research Activity layer contains:

Researcher Name | Date Observed

Currently, the two tables are not linked; queries are limited to fields within each table.
Each layer can be turned on or off in the Map Contents window.

Refer to the Data Dictionary and tables for a complete description of searchable fields and terms.

There are two basic ways of obtaining data using the WMS:

  1. The simple Identify:

    • Using the zoom function, zoom to an area of interest.
    • Using the identify function, identify a point or point cluster.
    • A site report will appear in the “Results” window.

  2. Using prepared queries:

    • A number of queries have been prepared for your use. Simply select a query and enter a search term. If help is required identifying search terms, click on the links to the searchable term tables on the tool bar.

Search results will be returned in the results window. Click on the Details link in the Results window for a pop-up site report. All associated points returned in a query result will also be highlighted in blue on the Web viewer or right-click on the result in the results window and choose ‘Zoom To’ or ‘Pan To’.

NOTE: Because the locations of the sites cannot be shown when zoomed in beyond 1:2000000, the ‘Pan To’ function may be more useful than the ‘Zoom To’ function as it may zoom in too close.

Click here to view an illustrated guide (PDF file, 2 MB) to using queries or refer to the Help section on the WMS for more details.

Clearing the Results Window:
Query results accumulate in the Results Window, as well as on the map. You may clear past query results in the Results window, at any time, by right-licking on an individual result and selecting ‘Remove’, or by right-clicking on the heading of all results and selecting ‘Remove’.

Useful tips:
- Set your screen to full extent before querying.
- Be patient! The WMS is searching a large amount of data; map compilation might be slow.
- The slower you pan, the faster the map will load.
- Refer to the Help section on the WMS for more details on how to use the Web viewer.

Available searches (on “Archaeological Sites” layer):

Search by Borden Number
To find an individual Borden, enter the complete Borden number (example 1). To find all Bordens issued within a Borden series, enter the alpha characters only (example 2). All information available within the attribute table for the site(s) specified will be returned.
Example 1: TjFd-1
Example 2: TjFd

Search by Upper Borden
Enter an upper Borden sequence of letters and receive a result listing all registered sites within the grid-square specified.
Example: JV

Search by Culture
Enter a cultural affiliation and receive a result listing all registered sites containing an instance of that culture. 
Example: Thule

Where qualifiers are used, i.e.: Dorset (early), a search on the generic term of “Dorset” will capture all qualified Dorset affiliations.
Example: Dorset
  Dorset (early)

A search on a specific qualified affiliation, i.e. Dorset (early) will return only those instances.
Example: Dorset (early)

Search by Site Feature
Enter a feature found at any site and receive a result listing all registered sites containing an instance of that feature, i.e.: tent ring. Where qualifiers are used, i.e. stand (kayak), a search on the generic term of “stand” will return all qualified stand features.
Example: tent ring
  stand (kayak)
  stand (sled)

Search by National Park or by Designated National Historic Site status
Users can enter the name of a National Park and receive a result listing all registered sites located within that park. The term ‘Designated National Historic Site’ can also be entered in order to receive a listing of all sites flagged under this designation.
Example: Kluane National Park
  Designated National Historic Site

Available searches (on ‘Research Activity layer):

Search by Researcher
Users can enter the last name followed by the first initial of a researcher and receive a result listing all registered sites observed by that researcher.
Example: Savelle, J.

NOTE: This is the only query that might return duplicate Borden numbers where a researcher has worked on a site on more than one field season.

Search by Researcher / Date
Users can enter a researcher in the format above and specify a year in order to receive a result listing all registered sites observed within that year by the researcher.
Example: Researcher – Savelle, J.
  Date – 2004

NOTE :  Currently, site reports are not available for downloading.

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