In SharePoint 2013 was introduced a new field type named Geolocation that enables you to annotate SharePoint lists with location information. For example, you can now make lists “location-aware” and display latitude and longitude coordinates through Bing Maps. An entry is typically seen as a pushpin on a map view.
Due to the lack of these capabilities in SharePoint 2010 it was decided to fill the gap and bring location and map functionality into SharePoint 2010 and this is one the main reason why this project was initiated.
So, the aim of this project is to bring location and map functionality into SharePoint 2010 (and more) the same way as they are currently available in SharePoint 2013.
Geolocation field overview
SharePoint 2013 introduces a new field type named Geolocation that enables you to annotate SharePoint lists with location information. The custom Geolocation field have been created as part of this project that is intended for the same purposes in SharePoint 2010.
In columns of type Geolocation, you can enter location information as a pair of latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal degrees.
Add Geolocation column to a list
Geolocation column could be added to a list using standard capabilities of SharePoint 2010 UI as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Add Geolocation column
After the Geolocation column has been added, it could be used as shown below
Figure 2 New or Edit Form with Geolocation column
Figure 3. Display form with Geolocation column for Contacts list
Figure 4. Representing Geolocation column in a list view
Map View Overview
A map view is a SharePoint view that displays a map (with data obtained from the Maps service ), using longitude and latitude entries from the Geolocation field type. When the Geolocation field type is available on the SharePoint list, a map view can be created from the SharePoint UI. In the list, SharePoint 2010 displays the location on a map powered by Maps service, currently Bing Maps is supported only.
Create a map view
The following steps demonstrate how to create a map view from the SharePoint 2010 UI.
- Open the SharePoint 2010 list with Geolocation column.
- Choose Create view in Ribbon menu
- On the Choose a view type page, choose Map View, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5. Choosing a view type
- Save a view. A map view is created, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6. Completed map view
SharePoint 2010 Maps project is hosted on GitHub.