Read below or download the PDF guide to learn about adding custom layers in Site Identify.

Finding & Uploading Custom Layers

  1. Go to your city’s GIS data download page. For example, the City of Austin has most of its GIS data at
    1. Most large cities will have pretty easy to access GIS data, but some cities may require you to submit an information request to access the files.
  2. Scroll down and select a file to download. The file must be a .SHP file or .CSV file, and it must be in .ZIP format to upload into the platform.
  3. Go to the export data section of the website. The example below is specifically for Austin, TX. Other markets may have different interfaces. The key is to find the file in .SHP format or .CSV format.
  4. Look for the data in Shapefile or .SHP format (or .CSV format).
  5. Download the file. 
  6. Go into Site Identify and open the Layers box (see below). 
  7. In the “My Layers” section click “Add” to add a custom layer. 
  8. Click on the “Upload Data” tab in the pop-up screen. 
  9. Either click your file and drag into the gray “Browse or drag your file here to upload” section or click on the “Browse or drag your file here to upload” to browse files on your computer to upload. 
  10. Browse, choose, and then upload a file from your computer into Site Identify. The file must be a .SHP file or .CSV file that is in a .ZIP file format.

  11. Wait for the file to upload and for the “File Uploaded Successfully” text at the bottom left hand corner of the screen (see below).
  12. Wait for Site Identify to turn your file into a layer. Look for the dialogue that says “Layer Created Successfully”. It will be displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the map (see below). 
  13. Click on the “My Layers” tab in the pop-up screen. 
  14. Select your layer and click the + symbol to add it to Site Identify.
  15. Find your layer in the “My Layers” section of the Layers box. 
  16. Click on the information symbol next to your layer in the “My Layers” section (see below).
  17. Click on the layer to get more information.