What information is available to the general public vs. individuals with a registered user account?
The iMapInvasives database was designed for information to be available to both the general public and individuals with a registered user account. Information available to the general public can be found on our Public Map which is accessible without a login account. The Public Map is for use by casual users of the database who are curious about invasive species but not invested enough to create an account.
The Public map for Pennsylvania (and for other participating states and provinces in the iMapInvasives network) is greatly generalized from the map that is available to registered users. Rather than seeing data points, general public users only see relative abundance of species observations by county or watershed (shown below). In the Species Distribution section of the Public Map, users will see colored county polygons or watershed polygons with a darker color representing a higher concentration of species observations.
Members of the general public are able to see basic species distributions at the county and watershed level on our Public Map.
General public users are able to query for specific species distributions to get an idea of the species being tracked in Pennsylvania. Some species with special sensitivities will not be viewable by the general public such as feral swine and several species of noxious weeds including kudzu, giant hogweed, and goatsrue.
Clicking on the Generate Reports link (shown below) allows the general public to view preset reports generated by iMapInvasives. These reports create charts showing the number of observations per county, the number of observations per species, the number of observations per organization, and much more.
Clicking on the Generate Reports button from our Public Map allows those interested to see additional details on species distributions.
All other functionalities in iMapInvasives (such as viewing species location data points, entering observation records or other data types, downloading data, and generating queries) are reserved for registered users of the database. For more information on each of these capabilities, please review our Reference Guides.