Instructions

How to make a map

Click the ‘Create’ link at the top right of any page. Enter the map’s title, a short description, user-defined tags and the category you’d like the map to appear in and click ‘Create.’ (Note: Pro Account holders can select whether to make a map private or public). You can always change this information later.

How to edit the title, description, tags, category, and privacy of a map

You can edit the basic information about a map by selecting "Map Settings" at the bottom of the map while in 'Edit' mode.

How to add points to a map

Make sure that you have selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. Next, click “Add a point” to add a point to the map. Once you’ve entered the name of the point and its location, Sourcemap will place that point on the map. A pop-up window will appear to let you add a text description, photos, videos, and a footprint to the point.

How to move a point

Make sure that you’ve selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. There are two ways to move a point: you can click on the point and enter a new location in the pop-up window, or you can drag to point to a new location by clicking it, holding down the mouse button until the point wobbles, and dragging it into its new location on the map.

How to draw a line

Make sure that you’ve selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. Once you’ve added more than one point to a map, you can connect the points with directional lines to represent shipping links. Click the point you want to line to start from and select ‘Connect’. Next, click the point you want to connect to and Sourcemap will draw a line between the points with an arrow indicating its direction. A window will pop up for you to edit the name, description and footprint of the line or to add photos and videos.

How to edit a line

Make sure that you’ve selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. Click on the arrow in the middle of a line, and a pop-up window will appear that lets you edit the name of the line, its description, its carbon footprint and add videos or photos to the line.

How to delete a point or a line

Make sure that you’ve selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. Click on the point or on the arrow on the line you want to delete and click the ‘Delete’ button. You cannot undo this.

Multimedia Maps

This short video shows the kind of free CSR Reports made by companies using Sourcemap.

How to add photos or videos to a point or to a line

Make sure that you’ve selected ‘Edit’ to the right of a map’s title. To add a Youtube video or a Flickr slideshow of images to a point or to a line, click on the point or on the arrow on the line that you want to add photos or videos to. Click the ‘Media’ link in the pop-up window that appears. From the drop-down menu, select either Youtube (if you want to add a video) or Flickr (if you want to add photos).

To add a Youtube movie, insert the link provided by Youtube.com. The link should look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqeDfKY37Gk

To add a slideshow of images, enter the Flickr set ID. The Flickr set ID is the string of numbers at the end of the set URL. For more information on Flickr sets, see http://www.flickr.com/help/with/sets/

NOTE: videos and photos need to be publicly visible in order to appear on Sourcemap.

Measuring Carbon, Water and Energy Footprint

This short video shows how to use the impact library to quickly calculate the water, energy and carbon footprint of things.

How to calculate the footprint of a point

Make sure you have selected ‘Edit’ mode to the right of a map’s title, then select 'Map Settings' at the bottom of the map and click 'Footprint.' Check the boxes for the metrics you want to use: Water, Energy, CO2e and/or Weight.

Next, click on the point you want to add a carbon footprint to and click on the 'Footprint' tab. If you already know the footprint at that location, enter the quantity and the impact factor and Sourcemap will multiply these into a total footprint for that point. To use a footprint from our database, click ‘Import from Library’. Enter a search term for the material you’re looking for and select one of the options from the list below. Then, enter the weight of material Sourcemap will calculate the overall footprint(s) for that point.

How to calculate the carbon footprint of a line

Make sure you have selected ‘Edit’ mode to the right of a map’s title, then select 'Map Settings' at the bottom of the map and click 'Footprint.' Check the boxes for the metrics you want to use: Water, Energy, CO2e and/or Weight.

To add a footprint to a line, click the arrow in the middle of the line. In the pop-up window, click ‘Footprint’, then enter the quantity of material or the number of people traveling and select a mode of transport from the drop-down menu. Sourcemap automatically calculates the footprint based on the distance between the two points.

Using Spreadsheets

You can also create a map by importing a specially formatted spreadsheet. Download our template and replace its contents with your own.

Please note that we require both an upstream and a downstream sheet, as well as properly named column headers.  Editing the structure of the template may have unpredictable results!

Upstream Sheet

The Upstream supply chain template describes all of components and processes involved in making finished goods. Use the first columns of the template to describe how the parts come together into finished goods. The example above shows the upstream supply chain for lemonade. In this example, Lemonade is the finished product (Tier 0). It is made of Water, Lemon Juice, and Sugar (Tier 1). The Lemon Juice is made from two types of Lemons (Tier 2). You can add more tiers by inserting more columns in this section of the spreadsheet.

Downstream Sheet

The Downstream supply chain template describes how finished goods reach consumers. It's important to use the same name and location for the finished good exactly as it appears in the Upstream spreadsheet (if you have one). The example above shows the downstream supply chain for Lemonade. Lemonade (Tier 0) is delivered to a Refrigerator and to a Lemonade Stand (Tier 1). The Refrigerator distributes Lemonade to the Family (Tier 2) and the Lemonade Stand distributes Lemonade to the Neighbors (also Tier 2). As with the Upstream template, you can add additional tiers by inserting columns in this section of the spreadsheet.

Additional Content

The spreadsheet can be also used to add content that describes the components, processes, sites, and transportation legs of a supply chain. You will find some of these content types in the columns to the right of Location. Below is a list of the different column headings and the type of content that they can include.

  • Description: a text-only description of the point on the map
  • Link: a url pointing to more information about the point
  • Link Title: the name of the link as it will appear to visitors
  • Youtube: the url of the Youtube movie that will play when someone clicks on the point
  • Flickr: as an alternative to the movie, you can enter a Flickr set ID and the photo slideshow will play when someone clicks on the point
  • Size: the size of the point as a percent of total (1-100)
  • Transportation: you can enter the same kind of information for lines as you do for points

How to delete a map

You can delete a map from your dashboard or from the map description page. On your dashboard, click the ‘Delete’ button to the right of the map title. This cannot be undone.

Additional Questions or Comments

Please contact us with any problems, bugs or feature requests