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Geography

The Community Atlas presents information for four levels of geography in Hillsborough County. The purpose of this is to help Atlas users view the available information at the level that most interests them. The following is a brief description of each level:

County

Hillsborough County map At the county level, Atlas users can view information and statistics for the entire county, regardless of political jurisdictions.

Municipality

Hillsborough County map of municipalities At the Municipality level, Atlas users can view information for the specific municipalities in the county. The municipalities in Hillsborough County include:

  • City of Plant City,
  • City of Tampa,
  • City of Temple Terrace and
  • Unincorporated Hillsborough County.

Communities

Hillsborough County map of communities At the community level, users can view information for the multiple areas throughout Hillsborough County. These communities have been defined by Hillsborough County as a way to identify the diverse areas that make up the county.

Neighborhoods

Hillsborough County map of neighborhoods At the neighborhood level, users can view information about the neighborhoods within Hillsborough County. These neighborhoods have been defined by the municipalities, in coordination with the homeowners' associations. Since neighborhoods can often be defined differently by multiple people living or working there, the neighborhoods presented allow for multiple boundary definitions. The boundaries of the neighborhoods presented can overlap. The information and statistics will be calculated for the specific boundary of the neighborhood that is presented.

At the launch of the Community Atlas, not all neighborhoods were defined by the municipalities. Therefore, the Community Atlas currently presents only those boundaries that have been defined. It is expected that as these boundaries are defined by the municipalities, they will be included on the Community Atlas.

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Subjects

The concept of the Community Atlas is to present information in the context of a specific geography and then group that information into subjects. The subjects that are a part of the Community Atlas include:

  • Demographics
  • Economics & Housing
  • Education
  • General Information
  • Health
  • Photos & History
  • Public Safety

For example, if you are interested in finding out the population of a particular community, you can search for that community and then click on the “Demographics” subject to find population.

If you are visiting the Community Atlas to find out about a specific subject (regardless of geography), then you can click on the Digital Library and be able to search for any term. The results of that search will indicate if that information is available on the Atlas and where it is located.

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How Do I Find Information about a Specific Location?

If you are looking to find a specific location, such as the County as a whole, a municipality, a community or a neighborhood (see Geography for a definition of these), you can use the Locate Your Community page in the menu bar of every page.


Step 1: Go To the Locate Your Community Page

From the home page, click on the link titled “Locate Your Community

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Step 2: Choose How You will Locate a Community

On the Locate Your Community Page, you can choose to:

  • Click on a link to see a specific location (County or municipalities)
  • Choose from a drop-down list for a specific location (communities and neighborhoods)
  • Search using a zip code
  • Search using the name of location
  • Use the mapping application to find a specific location

Step 3: Finding the Information on a Community Page

Once you have found the location in which you are interested, the first page you should view is the General Information page for that community. Here are some key features of every community page:

  1. Location Name
    • This is the name of the county, municipality, community or neighborhood.
  2. Link to Interactive Mapping Applications
    • When you click on this link, you will go to the interactive mapping application. You can view the location boundary or explore the different information that is available as map themes.
  3. Subject
    • This is the subject of information being presented for the identified location.
  4. Additional Subject Tabs
    • These are the other available subjects of information that you can look at. Click on any of these tabs to view the related information.
  5. Page Navigation
    • This is a list of the information and data available for this subject and location. You can choose to scroll the page to find what you are looking for or you can click on one of the links.
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How Do I Find Information about a Specific Subject?

If you are looking for a specific subject to see if related information or statistics are available on the Community Atlas, you can use the Digital Library or the "Search the Atlas" box on the home page..


Step 1: Go To the Digital Library Page

To get to the Digital Library, click on the link from the home page.

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Step 2: Search for a Subject

On the Digital Library page, you can choose to search one of three ways:

  1. Search Box
    • Use the Search Box to look for a specific subject
  2. Subject Index
    • Click on one of the subjects listed
  3. Information Format: View All
    • Click on one of the links to search within a specific type of information format (e.g., organizations, documents, photos, news and events, metadata and map themes)
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Step 3: Review the Results

The results are presented with a brief description of their location on the Community Atlas. The results page indicates how many results were found. You can filter the results according to subject area..

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The search box is located at the header of every page on the Community Atlas. You can use the search box to search for a specific location or subject.

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What do the icons mean?

All of the links on the Community Atlas have a specific icon. These icons give you further information about the type of link it is.

No Icon: When there is no icon, this indicates a link within the Community Atlas website. When you click on it, you will go to another part of the Community Atlas website.

Icon for link to an external website: This indicates a link to an external website. When you click on it, you will leave the Community Atlas website.

Icon for link to the community atlas mapping application: This indicates a link to the Hillsborough County Community Atlas mapping application. When you click on this, you will go to the interactive mapping that is part of the Community Atlas. Once you are on the interactive mapping page, you can still return to the page you were previously viewing by hitting the "Back" button.

Icon for link an external mapping application:This indicates a link to an external mapping application. When you click on it, you will leave the Community Atlas website. These other mapping applications are maintained by other organizations.

Icon for link to an Adobe PDF document: This indicates a link to an Adobe PDF document. When you click on it, you will remain on the Community Atlas website. Click on the "Back" button to return to what you were previously viewing.

Icon for link to cited information:This indicates a citation for a document not available in digital format (website or PDF). You will need to contact a library to find the referenced document.

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What do these buttons mean?

At the top of every page on the Community Atlas, you should see the same buttons:

  • Interactive Mapping
  • Locate Your Community
  • Library
  • Data Tools
  • News & Events
  • Home
  • About the Atlas
  • Contact Us
  • Help
Community Atlas main navigation: Interactive Mapping, Locate Your Community, Library, Data Tools, News &Events, Home, About the Atlas, Contact Us, Help

These are the same choices that are on the home page: Community Atlas home page

Locate Your Community: Click on this button if you want to find a particular neighborhood, community, municipality or the County.

Interactive Mapping: Click on this button if you want to go to the interactive mapping page. On the interactive mapping, you can choose what information you would like to see by: A) checking the box next to the data in which you are interested; or B) clicking on the map themes button in the top right-hand corner.

Library: Click on this button if you would like to search for a specific topic. If the Community Atlas has information on that topic, the results will help you find where it is located on the Atlas.

Data Tools: Click on this button if you would like to learn more about the data, view a list of data presented on the Community Atlas or find out who the data providers are. For some of the data, you will also be able to download the data.

Home: Click on this button if you would like to go back to the home page.

About the Atlas: Click on this button if you would like to read more information about the people who have funded and developed the Hillsborough Community Atlas. You can also find out what organizations have provided data to the Community Atlas, as well which people have been involved in the design and development of the website.

Contact Us: Click on this button if you would like to contact us to comment on the website, suggest additional data or information to add, submit a document or website, or submit a photograph.

Help: Click on this button to read information about how to use the website.

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What are metadata?

Metadata provide further information about the data that are being presented. They describe what the dataset is, the period of record for which we have data, the data custodian (or who the data belongs to), the date it was last updated on the Atlas, and use constraints. This is where you can learn more about what is being presented on the Community Atlas. If you would like to use the data for another purpose, it is necessary to read the metadata and understand where the data come from and any constraints that might be associated with use of the data.

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How do I submit a photo?

If you would like to submit a photo to the Community Atlas, there are two ways to do this:

  1. "Contact Us" page
    • Click on the "Contact Us" button that is located on the top of every page.
      The Contact Us link is located at the top of 
				every page
    • Choose the link "Add Photos to the Atlas."
    • Fill out the form and submit.
    • Someone from the Community Atlas program will review all photos before they are accepted as part of the website.
  2. The "Photos and History" topic (on the individual neighborhood, community, municipality or County pages)
    • Click on the "Photos and History" tab for a specific level of geography.
    • Click on the icon "Submit a Photo:
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    • Fill out the form and submit.
    • Someone from the Community Atlas program will review all photos before they are accepted as part of the website.

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How do I submit a document or Website?

If you would like to submit a document or website to be added to the Community Atlas, there are two ways to do this:

  1. "Contact Us" page
    • Click on the "Contact Us" button on the top of every page.
      The Contact Us link is located at the top of 
					every page
    • Choose the link to "Add Documents/Websites to the Atlas."
    • Fill out the form and submit.
    • Someone from the Community Atlas program will review all documents and websites before they are accepted as part of the website.
  2. All locations on the Community Atlas where additional links are presented, there is an icon to "Submit a Suggestion for a Document or Link"
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    • Fill out the form and submit.
    • Someone from the Community Atlas program will review all documents and websites before they are accepted as part of the website.

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How do I suggest additional data or information?

If there are data that you would like to see potentially added to the Community Atlas in the future, you can suggest it through a form on the website. Follow these directions:

  • Click on the "Contact Us" button on the top of every page.
    The Contact Us link is located at the top of 
					every page
  • Choose the link to "Suggest Data for the Website."
  • Fill out the form and submit.
  • Someone from the Community Atlas program will keep track of all these suggestions and refer to them as decisions are made for future additions.

Requirements and Support

In order to access all of the features of the Hillsborough Community Atlas, you must be using up-to-date web browsing software. Because the Community Atlas takes advantage of many advanced browser features, we recommend that you use the browsers listed in the table below. Use the links to the preferred browsers to download the latest free software. Once you have downloaded the necessary software, follow the manufacturer's instructions to correctly install the software on your computer.

Hardware

The Community Atlas has been optimized for monitors and video cards capable of screen resolutions of 800x600 or higher and displaying millions of colors (true-color, 24 bit). These settings are accessed in Windows 95x, NT and 2000 by right-clicking on the desktop, choosing Properties, and then clicking the Settings tab. On Windows Vista and Windows 7, the settings can be accessed through the Start Menu/Control Panel. On the Mac, these settings can be changed in the Displays control panel.

Required Software

 
Windows
Mac
Preferred Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (or higher) Apple Safari 3.1.2 (or higher)
Firefox 3.0 (or higher) Firefox 3.0 (or higher)
Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) documents are designed to allow easy downloads of original hardcopy documents while preserving the formatting of the original document when printed on your local printer. These files are used extensively throughout the Community Atlas for maps, documents, and publications. To take advantage of these documents, you must have Adobe's Acrobat Reader.

Free Downloads of Required Software

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Known Incompatibilities or Bugs

There are no reported bugs at this time.