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Using Humap

Creating and managing journeys (formerly routes)

Journeys, formerly known as routes, tell stories that took place over a series of locations. These could be the stories of voyages, emigration, adventure – anything, really!


They look like this:

A screenshot of the journey for the travels of Marco Polo

A screenshot of the journey for the travels of Marco Polo

To make a journey you’ll need to have pre-existing Humap content. This can be in the form of records, trails, other journeys, collections or timelines.

To access the admin area, make sure you have the proper permissions and go to

If you’re not already logged in you will be redirected to and presented with a log in screen.

You can also go to the homepage of your Humap and click Humap Admin, in the top-right of the screen by Explore the Map button.

The log in screen for the Humap platform

You can then log in with your email and password.

This takes you to the home screen of Humap’s content management system:

A screenshot of the content analytics page in the Humap admin area

If you have access to multiple Humap project admin areas, you’ll see a drop down area at the top of the screen. Click this to access the menu and then click the name of a project to go the admin area of that project.

The pages that make up the content management system are listed on the left.

Click Routes to reach this screen:

A screenshot of the The Journeys dashboard

Clicking New Route or create one will take you into the journey-creation wizard. This is the same system that the public can use for creating journeys via the Contribute system.

A screenshot of the first step of the journey creation process

Click Begin to get started.

Name your journey in the Title text box and add a description in the box below. This will appear on the preview page for your journey.

Use the text formatting options to make text pop, and don’t forget to include paragraph breaks if you’re using a lot of text!

Click Next to move on.

A screenshot demonstrating how to Upload an image

Drag and drop an image file into the box, or click browse files to select an image from your computer.

Click Next to start adding content to your journey.

A screenshot demonstrating how to Select content for your journey

The grid pages will show all of the published content on your Humap instance. To narrow down the results you can:

Type the name of the piece of content you would like to add into the search bar.

Click show only your content. This is especially useful for large projects with lots of users.

Click more search options to select taxonomy terms.

The journey will automatically organise your content based on date, so the order you select content in is not important.

Click Next to get to this screen.

A screenshot demonstrating the autogenerated route

A route will autogenerate between the content pins in direct, straight lines.

A screenshot demonstrating how to move the route line

You can click and drag the line in order to customise the journey.

and there we go! From this screen you can either delete this journey, save as draft and exit, go back, or publish the journey.

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