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What is Creative Commons and how does it apply to this website?

What is Creative Commons and how does it apply to this website? All material on this website is governed by a Creative Commons licence, meaning that website users can use the material for non-comme...

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Can I make a collection using other users’ records?

Yes you can! Simply start a collection using the 'Create Collection' button on the left hand side menu In the description, make it clear that some of these records might not be your own work, but ...

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How do I use the map layers?

There is a guide to using the map layers here.

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How do I search for content?

There is a guide on how to search for content here.

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How do I add things to the website?

There is a guide to adding records to the map here.    

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Do I need to contact you before I add anything to Layers of London?

No - anyone can add records and collections and use our map layers without any support from us. You can make an account and start adding your own stories, memories or research. If you do need suppo...

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How do I create a good record that others will find useful and interesting?

Make sure it's in the right place Try to be as accurate as possible when choosing the location for your record.   Add a date to your record If you have an exact date, that's great, but don't worry ...

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How do I start a collection?

Inspired to start a collection or want to know where to start? For an induction to the website, support and to see how other groups and individuals use the site to create collection; please attend ...

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How does my group/organisation get involved?

Email us at [email protected] to find out how groups and organisations can work with us.

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What if I don’t own the image/text/document/recording that I upload?

You need to seek permission and cite correctly anything that you contribute to the map that is not your material. This is to ensure you follow copyright law and you agree to this when you sign in a...

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What if I don’t know the exact location of a record?

Don't worry if you don't know the exact location. Sometimes a story or history is about 'Croydon' generally and you could choose to 'pin' this on the map in Central Croydon or near the main train s...

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How do I add a video onto youtube to include in a record?

https://www.wikihow.com/Upload-a-Video-to-YouTube Videos uploaded to the website must be added through another host such as Youtube and then you can add the URL to the record. If you need help gett...

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How do I retrospectively start a collection from my existing records?

Before you do this, you need to ensure you have created a collection to add these records to first. You can do this through the 'Create collection' button on the left hand side menu. You can turn y...

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How do I edit a record?

You can edit a record through the 'Your records' or 'Your profile' buttons: From here you can edit your records (bottom right): Or edit them through your 'Records and Collections' tab through 'Y...