Collection: A collection gathers together people, documents, keywords, histories, and even other collections into one group. Collections are flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes: you can use collections to gather materials for a course, a conference, or your research, all in one place.
Keyword: Keywords are used to describe and catalog people and documents in RoSE. RoSE’s keywords are both user generated and automatically harvested from Yago and Project Gutenberg. You can attach already existing keywords to any person’s or document’s profile or you can create your own; you can also search for particular keywords and see all documents and people attached to a particular keyword by selecting Keywords from the primary navigation bar in RoSE.
Metadata: Metadata in RoSE is descriptive bibliographic data about people and documents in RoSE. You can access this data by selecting the Metadata menu in the visualization window. When you scroll over a node in a visualization, the metadata feature displays the node and information about the node (date/birth date, other nodes to which it is connected, and the number of relationships it has) and keeps track of the previous items you have scrolled over.
Packed Radial Graph: RoSE allows users to display the connections between people and documents in two different ways: social network graphs and packed radial graphs. Packed radial graphs in RoSE are centered on either people or documents: if centered on people, people are represented as large nodes and the documents to which each person is directly connected appear as smaller nodes within each person’s node (this is reversed if the packed radial graph is centered on documents). The size of a person’s node represents the number of documents to which they are connected: the more documents, the larger the node. The particular person who is being visualized appears in the center of the graph at the primary level, and other people to whom this person is directly connected are arranged in a circle surrounding this central person at the secondary level, connected via non-directional edges. The documents to which these people are connected appear inside the people nodes. People and documents to whom these people, in turn, are connected appear in a final outer circle at the tertiary level, also connected via non-directional nodes.
Person: People in RoSE are both historical and living authors, artists, producers, directors, etc., as well as the users of RoSE – i.e., your own colleagues, teachers, and friends. People also include historical or contemporary organizations, companies, and other kinds of groups.
Relationship: Relationships in RoSE refer to the specific connections between people and documents in the system. Relationships have been both automatically-harvested from Yago and Project Gutenberg and manually entered by users of RoSE. Relationships in RoSE are also bound by time: when creating relationships, users can associate particular timeframes with particular relationships, exemplifying how relationships between two people, two documents, and/or people and documents change over time.
Relationship Type: RoSE allows for more complex user-generated relationship types than many systems that rely on standard metadata protocols for relationship types. This allows users to add many layers of complexity to relationships in the system, and one relationship can even be classed as any number of different relationship types.
Social Network Graph: RoSE allows users to display the connections between people and documents in two different ways: social network graphs and packed radial graphs. Social network graphs are composed of nodes – people and documents – and edges – the relationships that connect these people and documents. In RoSE, the edges are directional arrows, meaning the direction of the relationship is indicated by an arrow (Shakespeare is the author of Hamlet, for example, and not Hamlet is the author of Shakespeare).
Storyboard: RoSE’s storyboard feature is a visual interface that allows you to arrange, connect, and annotate nodes in a collection or history. Storyboards are a simple and effective way to tell your own stories about information in RoSE and to share these stories with others.
Subscribe: You can subscribe to both collections and histories in RoSE. As a member of a collection or a history, you can edit that collection or history and you will appear as a part of that collection or history in visualizations. These collections and histories will also appear on your profile page.