About the Symbol Store

The Symbol Store allows users to search, choose, and download over 1,200 (and growing!) map symbols. Each symbol in the database is enriched by detailed metadata that includes category, agency, organization and set, rating, symbol descriptions, and user-submitted tags.

Once a search is returned, users can browse through the results and choose the desired symbols.

Much like an online store, symbols can be added to the cart where they remain until downloaded or the user chooses to remove them.

Additional features enable Symbol Store users to preview their selected symbols on various maps. Privileged users may upload their own symbols and edit the information contained in existing symbols.

Symbol sets are downloaded as Esri Style Files so they can easily be imported into new or current map projects.

About the Project

The Department of Homeland Security contains many diverse organizations that produce or use maps in daily operation. Audiences for these maps range from geospatial analysts to the general public. While individual organizations have their own standards or conventions for map symbology, there is not a consistent set of symbols used across the entire Department.

To support increased information sharing across the Department, DHS Science &Technology Directorate is sponsoring a GeoVISTA project to document the current use of map symbols in different homeland security missions, to develop a repeatable process for expanding symbol sets to support new needs, and to develop new technology to support symbol sharing and dissemination.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of funding agencies.