Visualization

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Collections with time or place-based data may benefit from the ability to see records represented on a map or timeline. If a given set of search results contains data relating to time or location, CollectiveAccess allows you to view it in one of these two ways.

Once you have performed a search, choose “Visualize” from the toolbar above your results.

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You will see a dropdown with two options, “map” and “timeline.” These options will only be available if there’s at least one record in your search results with time or location data. When you have chosen your desired visualization, click “View.”

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Should you choose “map,” records containing geolocation data will be represented as points on a map. When these points are clicked, a box with the record number, preferred label, media (if present) and description will appear. Drag the screen to view other areas on the map.

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Should you choose “timeline,” you will see the relevant records laid out chronologically. If you have many records within one column, you can drag the screen up and down to see all of your results. If you click on a record a bubble will appear with more information and a link back to that record’s editing screen.

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The visualization tool is configured through the visualization.conf configuration file. Your visualizations can be customized using this file; for example, you can represent major time periods on a timeline through color coding. At the present moment, visualization.conf only supports these two plugins, but it is designed to support visualizations for other contextual metadata down the road.

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