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Using Humap

Creating records

Records are the individual pins you see on the map. These can be records of events, places, people, buildings – the only limit is imagination.

Go to the home page of the Humap instance you’d like to contribute to and click Explore the Map. 

A screenshot of the Layers of London homepage

From the map home page, click the plus icon in the top right corner of the information tray. If you’re not logged in, you’ll need to log in now. If public signups have been enabled you’ll be able to create an account now. If not, you’ll need to be invited to contribute by the project owner.

The map homescreen

That will take you to the contribution home screen. The types of content available to make via this system are represented in three text boxes. Click New Record.

A screenshot of the contribute menu on Layers of London. Users can choose between records, collections trails, and projects

This will take you to this introductory screen. Click Begin to continue.

A screenshot showing the welcome screen for record creation

At any point in this process you can save a draft and exit, return to the previous screen, or delete your record.

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Add a location for your record by text searching on the map. Use a location name, postcode, or latitude and longitude.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add a location to a record

When you have found the correct location, click it on the map to drop a pin. If you change your mind, you can click elsewhere (the pin will move) or click again in the same space to deselect.

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This is where you add text content to your record. Use the upper box for the title and the larger box for the body content.
In the textbox toolbar is a range of formatting options: bold, italics, underline, hyperlink, etc. Use these to make your text content easy to read.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add record content

Remember, this will be public to everyone, so choose well and try and use phrases that other users will think to search for.

Click Next when you’re done.

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On this page you can add images and videos. There are three ways of doing this:

The first way is to add a video by copy and pasting its URL into the URL box.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add media

The second is to click browse files, find the file you wish to upload, and either press enter or press upload.

The third way is to drag and drop a file into the box. To do this, open your file browser, click the file you wish to upload, and drag it over to the box and drop it.

You can upload several different pieces of media here.

The top image will be the header and preview image for your record, so choose something eye-catching! You can drag and drop media by clicking and dragging the three lines icon to the left of the image.

All other media will be in the gallery, which is accessed by clicking on the header image of the published record.

It is extremely important that you credit media that does not belong to you. Use the “credit” text box to add specific attributions.


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Does your record have dates? If so, you can add them here by either typing or using the drop down menu.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add dates

End dates are particularly useful for events that are over, or stories that happened over time.


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If you have already created or been added into a project, you can tick here to assign this record to a project.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add a record to a project

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Copy and paste links into the URL to connect this record to them. Type the name of the link into the text box above.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add links


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Click the selection boxes to tag your record with the instance’s pre-existing search terms and taxonomies that fit its theme and content.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add taxonomies

Click the drop down menus for more options.

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Add credits or attribution to this record for content that doesn’t belong to you.

A screenshot demonstrating how to add extra attribution


Your record is completed! Remember that you can save and exit, go back to previous screens, and delete your record if you want to. If your record is ready, click Publish.

A screenshot showing the complete record

Your record is now published!

This image shows the finished record on the map.

From your records screen you can view your record, and if you scroll down to the bottom there are options to:

  • Add it to a collection
  • Unpublish it
  • Edit it
  • Give feedback
  • And share it on social media / email

You can share your record with the Layers of London community through #LayersofLondon and #Humap!

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