Introducing Layers of London
Using Layers of London: a guide to exploring and adding to the site
Layers of London User Guide by LiamConynghamm on Scribd Download as PDF: Guide to using Layers of London (PDF)
Caring for Personal Collections of Historic Material
How to Take Care of Your Collection of Historic Material is a primer on how to care for your personal collections. It will introduce you to the basics of sorting, weeding and storing your collection.
Copyright and using other people’s images and content
The use of copyrighted material is a very important matter for any website. By signing up to the website, you agree to adhere to our contributor agreement, please refer to this for adding contributions to the map. If you would like more information on copyright law; please follow this resource from UCL for best practice. Everything added on the map comes under creative commons licensing.
How do I get content removed?
We rely on users to report inappropriate content on the map alongside our monitoring of contributions. If you see any records or collections that you think don't meet the contributor agreement and therefore should be taken down as part of the takedown policy then you can report this record. How to report a record: Go to the record you want to report and scroll to the bottom of the page Click the 'report this record' button Choose the reason you would like this record removed and you can choose to submit a reason too Please add your email address so we can contact you to let you know of developments Click send so the report is logged
How to work as part of a team
There are different ways to contribute to Layers of London. You can choose to work individually adding records and collections. You can also work in a team with other people that are also interested in the same topic. You might be a voluntary organisation or organisation with more than one member. You can then work on a collection together. You can also choose to make a open collection. This means you can start a collection on a topic such as 'Medieval Croydon' and then anyone who wants to also contribute to this collection so this becomes a open collaborative collection. You can access these options by going to 'Your profile': From here, click the 'Teams' tab: Here you have the option to see what teams you are in, you can apply to join teams that are open to collaborative working or you can create a new team. If you choose to create a new team you will see this page: From here you can invite team-mates to join you via email.
Formats for uploading content
The Layers of London project recommends using the Heritage Lottery Fund: Using digital technology in heritage projects-Good practice guidance. For uploading new content to records, it is recommended that: still images should have a horizontal resolution of 1024 pixels; audio should be in WAV format, 44.1kHz, 16-bit; and moving images should be MPEG-4 compression at a target bitrate of 56Mbit/s, progressive, 720 pixels horizontal resolution, 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, with audio as above. Providing only lower resolution material free of charge provides less public benefit and it is good practice in all cases to create a high resolution master.