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.

Document: Documents in RoSE can be any textual, visual, or other media work about which RoSE has bibliographical information or that you have entered information about.

History: A history tracks all of the people, document, and collection and history pages you visit. Like collections, history tracks can be saved and curated for later use.

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.

Find Items in 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.

Add Items to RoSE

Adding people, documents, keywords, collections, relationships and relationship types to RoSE is easy and you can add all items from one easy-to-find, centralized location.

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.

Relate Items in RoSE

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.

Register and Log in

1. At the homepage for RoSE ( click on Register.

2. Fill out the form, including the codeword given to you from the RoSE team, and press “sign up.” (Currently, RoSE is a demonstration project open to users by invitation. However, a guest account is available by pressing on “login” without entering a password.)

3. An email will be sent to the address you indicated. Click on the link included to activate your account and log in to RoSE.

4. You should now see your profile page. You can edit your personal information and profile photo by clicking on them; you can also create a collection, relationships, and add keywords from your profile page.

5. To return to your profile page at any time while you are logged in to RoSE, click on your name in the primary navigation bar.