Watch this video to learn about some of RoSE’s main features:
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.
1. You can make a storyboard using any collection or history‘s data. To access the storyboard function, go to the profile page of a user who owns a publicly viewable collection. Click the “Storyboard for [user name]” button on that user’s profile page. This will open the storyboard space for that user in a new window.
2. In the storyboard space, you will see a list on the left of all of the collections and histories to which that user is subscribed. Click and drag the collections and histories you would like to work with into the storyboard space.
3. In the storyboard space, you can arrange, connect, color, and annotate the nodes of a collection or history however you like using the storyboard menu on the left. You can also draw your own shapes in order to keep your storyboard organized, interesting, and effective. Click on the function you want to perform and follow the instructions that appear.
4. You can save your storyboard to your local machine by clicking Save in the storyboard menu. You can also load other existing storyboards from your local machine back into RoSE by clicking Load, and click Export Image to export your storyboard as a PNG file. Finally, you can print your storyboard by clicking the Print button in the storyboard menu.
To see examples of storyboards RoSE users have made, check out our storyboard gallery.
1. Click on the Create New History button at the bottom of the page. Give your history a name, description, decide if it is publicly viewable, and click Create History. You can view your history by clicking on Go to History or by clicking Histories in the primary navigation menu at the top of the page and choosing your history from the list of all histories in the system.
2. Your history will automatically start tracking the pages you visit in RoSE after you create it. To stop tracking, click Stop Tracking at the bottom of the page. Your history will be saved. To add new things to an existing history track, choose the history track you would like to begin again and click Start Tracking.
3. To subscribe to an existing history track, find it on the Histories page and click Subscribe. To unsubscribe, click Unsubscribe on the same page.
4. You must be the owner of a history to delete it. To delete a history track, find it on the Histories page, click the red X on its row, and confirm you want to delete it.
1. There are two ways to create a collection in RoSE:
- You can create a collection from your profile page using the Collections box. Simply give your collection a name, a type, decide if it is publicly viewable and/or editable, and click the plus sign. You are now the owner of this collection.
- You can also create a collection by clicking Create New Collection in the secondary navigation bar. This will take you to a page where you can give your collection a name, a type, and decide if it is publicly viewable and/or editable. Click the Create Collection button when you are done. You are now the owner of this collection.
2. To see your collection and add items to it, click on it in the Collections box on your profile page. You can also access your collection by choosing your collection from the drop down box in the secondary navigation bar (above) and clicking on Go to Collection. Finally, you can go to your collection by clicking the Collections button in the primary navigation bar (below). This will take you to a list of all collections; click yours to edit it.
3. You can add documents, people, keywords, and other collections to your collection from the collection’s profile page. Simply type in the name of the item you want to add to the collection and click the plus sign. If the item does not already exist in RoSE, you will be prompted to create it.
4. You can unsubscribe from a collection from your profile page or from that collection’s page. To unsubscribe from your profile page, click on the red “X” next to that collection in your collection box. To unsubscribe from the collection’s page, click the “Unsubscribe [your name] to [collection name]” button.
5. You must be the owner of a collection in order to delete it. To delete your collection, click the Collections button, and click the red X in your collection’s row. Confirm you want to permanently delete this collection by clicking OK.
1. From the profile page of a person or a document you want to visualize, click “Visualization for [person/document name].” This will open a social network graph of the person or document and their connections to other people and documents in the system in a new window.
2. You can change the visualization organization and style by selecting from the options in the Visualization menu on the left of the new window, choosing a social network graph (radial) or a packed radial style. You can also choose to organize the visualization around people, documents, or specific keywords (the Timeline option). In RoSE’s social network graphs, connections between nodes are directional, and the direction of the relationship is indicated by an arrow. In both styles of visualization, scrolling over the connections between nodes will reveal the kind of relationship that connects those nodes. Clicking on another person or document node in the visualization will re-center the visualization around that person or document; pressing Ctrl+click (or Cmd+click on a Mac) will take you to that person or document’s profile page in RoSE; and using Ctrl+drag (or Cmd+drag on a Mac) will zoom in and out.
3. You can filter your results according to the number of people and document nodes and/or the historical range you would like the visualization to display by clicking on the Filter option in the Visualization menu. Choosing the Metadata option from the Visualization menu will display basic information about any node you mouse over, as well as keep track of a history of those nodes you have selected.
4. Click Help in the Visualization menu to learn more about navigating the visualizations and about the different visualization styles.
Now that you’ve learned the basics of getting started in RoSE, use this page to learn more about the specific features of RoSE.
You can search for anything in RoSE using the search box on the upper right of the screen. Additionally, you can search for specific people, documents, keywords, collections and histories by clicking on People, Documents, Keywords, etc. in the primary navigation menu at the top of the screen. Once on the People page, for example, you can search for specific people according to last name, first name, keywords, data source, and historical range. You can also sort your search results alphabetically; according the number of documents, relationships or keywords that match your criteria; or by recently added entries.
1. To add items, click Add Items in the primary (top) navigation bar.
2. From here, you can add people, documents, keywords, collections, relationships and relationship types.
3. You can also add many of these items from your own profile page.
Your profile page displays all of your relationships in RoSE: the people, documents, keywords, and collections to which you are connected. Other people and documents in the system, historical or contemporary, can also be related to each other from their own profile pages.
1. To connect to other people, choose the person and relationship type in the Relationships box on your profile page. You can also choose to add start and end dates. Then click the plus sign. If the person you wish to connect to is not in the system, you will be prompted to add them by clicking the plus sign. You can then relate to this person.
2. To connect to documents, choose the person and relationship type in the Relationships box on your profile page. You can also choose to add start and end dates. Then click the plus sign. If you do not see the relationship type you are looking for, you may also choose to add a new one in the blank dialog box at the top of the list.
3. To add new keywords to your profile page, type the keyword into the search bar in the Keywords box. If the keyword exists in the system, choose it from the options offered in the dropdown box and click the plus sign. If it does not already exist in the system, type it in and click the plus sign.
4. To create a new collection from your profile page, give the collection a name under Add a Collection in the Collections box, add a description, and decide who you want to be able to see and edit the collection, then click the plus sign.