HPOWEB Tutorial Videos
Last updated: 12/03/2015

These short videos with audio (about 1:30 to 3 minutes each) provide a quick overview of the features and capabilities of  HPOWEB, the State Historic Preservation Office online GIS service.  Additional videos will be added over time.

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At any point in during a video, you may use the timed scroll bar across the bottom to move ahead or back within the video.  You may also jump to the next video or return to this page to select another video.  If you prefer, you may read along with the transcripts of these videos.

Video 1:  Welcome  1:54   Overview of how HPOWEB can be used.

Video 2:  HPOGIS Resources   3:32   Historic property and district layers on the map, their symbols; turning layers on and off. 

Supplementary Note: Occasionally all the HPO resource layers may not be loaded when you first open HPOWEB. This graphic shows you how to check. Place your cursor over the HPOGIS Layers tab to see the list. If all the layers are not present,  simply click the reload/refresh button on your browser to restart HPOWEB, and check again.

Video 3:  Navigation  1:30   Moving around the map and zooming in and out.

Video 4:  Background Views   2:31   Four different backgrounds against which to view the resources: Street, Aerial, Topo, and Light Gray. Using HPO base map data: DOT roads with numbers, county and municipal boundaries, and the USGS map grid.

Video 5:  Finding Addresses   1:54   Using an address to zooming to a specific location; viewing a site from the road with Google Street View or from an oblique angle above it with Microsoft Bing Bird's Eye.

Video 6:   One-Click Information   1:34    Click on any historic resource to view a pop-up information window displaying the resource name, designation type and year, description, location, and perhaps even a "glamor shot"

Video 7:  Enhanced Searching  2:32   Search for  properties and districts by name, site number, county, and/or description. View the results in a table, and export your results to a CSV or TXT file to open in other software.

Video 8:  Super-Charged Graphical Searching   2:50   The Advanced User version of HPOWEB allows you to search resources using the Location and Quad Name fields, as well as multiple descriptive terms. Also learn how to use a graphical search in conjunction with a text search.

Video 9:  Helpful Links  1:48  
Built-in links to the pages you'll reference the most: an alphabetical list of National Register nomination forms, HPO staff contact information, our Facebook page, and instructions for mobile users.  

Video 10:  Latitude/Longitude Support  1:06   HPOWEB displays constantly-updating latitude and longitude coordinates on-screen and gives you the X and Y of every historic resource.

Video 11:  Zoom to Places  2:42   Quickly zoom to a secondary road, town, county, a particular quad, or a geographic feature (like a river, mountain, or crossroads community) that you might see on a USGS quad map.

Video 12:  Annotating the Map and Enhanced Printing  2:39   Draw study areas, add text, and print your map to a variety of format types (PDF, PNG, JPG) in letter or landscape orientation.

Video 13:  50,000 More Surveyed Places  2:09   We have mapped 61,000 historic resources across North Carolina (including virtually all the National Register, Study List, and Determined Eligible listings). However, there are approximately 50,000 additional surveyed historic resources, whose mapped locations are, as of yet, unverified. View these unverified locations in the Advanced User version of HPOWEB.

Video 14:  Upload Map Services  2:09   Add web map services of historical aerial imagery and our 40-year collection of marked-up USGS topo quads on the fly.

Video 15:  Upload Shapefiles  2:26   It’s back! Savvy GIS users will be thrilled to know that the Upload Shapefiles tool from our initial HPOWEB launch has returned. No need to reproject your data. Just zip it, upload it, and view your shapefiles right inside HPOWEB!

Video 16:  Capture/Go to Coordinates  2:32   Need to know the State Plane coordinates or UTMs of a historic resource? Use this tool and simply click the map! Have a UTM and don’t know where it is? The same tool will rescue you. Just type in the coordinates and be whisked away!

Video 17:  Mobile Use Instructions  1:32   Stream HPO data into your mobile device in just a few, simple steps. Works on Android and iOS devices ... and it's free.

Video 18:  Feedback and Metadata  1:33   Report problems with mapped features. Access information about the coverage of mapping in a county and any problems encountered in mapping specific resources.

Video 19:  Am I in a District?  3:05    Determine if a property is in a National Register Historic District, a Local Historic District, or both.

Video 20:  Using HPOWEB for Environmental Review
  3:46    Utilize the tools explained in other videos - Upload Shapefiles, Super-Charged Graphical Searching, and Annotating the Map - to perform an Environmental Review on a fictitious new Outer Banks bridge to Corolla.

Video 21:  Using HPOWEB to create GIS data for Section 106 review projects (Part 1 of 3)  4:58    In video 1 of this three-part series, consultants without access to GIS software can learn how to use HPOWEB to create GIS points for their historic structure survey reports.

Video 22:  Using HPOWEB to create GIS data for Section 106 review projects (Part 2 of 3)  4:56    In video 2 of this three-part series, learn how to create - and deliver to the HPO - GIS boundaries of proposed historic districts and individually-eligible DOE'd properties.

Video 23:  Using HPOWEB to create GIS data for Section 106 review projects (Part 3 of 3)  4:53    In video 3 of this three-part series, learn how to correct any mistakes you may have made in the GIS data you've just created.

Other Links: 

NCHPO County GIS Data Disclaimers.  Provides detailed description of level of completion and mapping issues for each county.

NC Survey Status Report.  A detailed account of historic property surveys and National Register district nominations since 1970.

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