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Neatline Exhibits: An Overview

At a glance

  • An exhibit is the “canvas” for a Neatline project, the environment in which the content is displayed.
  • Exhibit-level settings define basic, high-level defaults for the project (title, base layers, prose narrative, etc).
  • Each exhibit has its own editing environment, where you can create a collection of records (the contents of the exhibit).
  • Likewise, each exhibit has a separate page on the public-facing version of the website.
  • Each installation of Neatline can contain an indefinite number of exhibits.

Exhibits Overview

Each Neatline project has its own exhibit, which can be thought of as the “canvas” or “environment” for the project - the set of base maps or images on top of which the content is displayed, the text narrative that introduces or describes the project, and the combination of user-interface widgets and components that are enabled for the project (timelines, lists of waypoints, etc).

These high-level configuration options are defined using the Exhibit Settings form, which is used to both create new exhibits and edit existing exhibits. Once an exhibit has been created and configured, you can add content to the exhibit by opening the editing environment for the exhibit (generally called “the editor”), a specialized, interactive map-making application that makes it possible to create and manipulate a collection of records, which make up the actual content of the exhibit.

Most of the work happens in the editor. You might spend just a couple minutes in the Exhibit Settings form, and a couple months building out the content in the editing environment.

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