Place a pin directly onto your map with options to add text, images, questions, or polls, which will be visible to people who view your shared map.

In the picture below, the annotation highlighted on the map describes an area where resources may be needed to improve the wellbeing and overall health of residents. Annotations are a great way to draw people's attention to a specific place, and then provide context to help them understand the data. 

See the mySidewalk blog Back to Basics: Household vs. Housing Unit for a more detailed explanation of the above map


Add an Annotation to Your Map

  1. In the map that you would like to share, select the Annotations icon from the left-side toolbar
  2. Click Add New Annotation - a pin will appear on your map, which you can drag around the map and drop on your desired location
  3. Give your pin a name, a description, and (if desired) upload an image, then click Save
  4. To add an element such as a Text Block, Image, Question, or Poll to your Annotation, click the green + button underneath the title of your annotation
  5. If you add several different elements to your Annotation, you can adjust their order by clicking on the up or down arrows in the box that appears when you scroll your mouse over each individual element
  6. You can delete anything from your Annotation by scrolling your mouse over it and clicking the trash bin icon
  7. Once you are done editing your map pin, click on Done Editing Annotation to go back to your Annotations tab
  8. If you would like to delete, edit, or change the numerical order of your Annotations, you can do so by clicking the circle with the three dots inside to the right of the map pin name

Export Annotation Responses

Annotations are the best way to gather feedback from others about your project or community. Responses to each of your questions or polls can be easily downloaded as a CSV document. 

  1. Select the Annotations icon on the left side toolbar 
  2. Click on the title of the Annotation you would like to export from
  3. Scroll your mouse over the question or poll you would like to export data from - a small box should appear with the option to Edit on the left, and some icons on the right
  4. Click on the Export responses icon (the one that shows a bar graph with an arrow underneath)
  5. A CSV document with your responses will automatically begin downloading to your computer


Now that you know how to provide context and draw attention to specific places on your map via annotations, you may want to check out:

  1. Sharable maps: share your map with others and start a conversation using data 
  2. Project folders: learn about how to organize your project in an easy to find location
  3. Public profiles: learn about how to communicate and engage others by sharing your findings
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