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How do I create a relevant record?

Records display in the left hand panel according to the map view, so if you have the map view on Lewisham, it will display the collections and records within that map view. Collections are weighted higher than records in the left hand tiles, and content in titles is weighted higher than in description. Therefore if you have a record about a famous woman who lived in Kingston, it is best to add 'Kingston' into the title and 'woman'. This is so when users search in the search bar they can find your relevant records easily. The exact phrase is ranked higher than just one word, and both words in the same field are ranked higher than just one. This means that it would be helpful to think about what people might be searching for to find your records.

Your description is the bulk of your record when it comes to text and this should be accessible so the majority, if not all, users that come to your record can learn and engage with your content. Try to also ensure you add as many images/videos/audio as possible to help this engagement and accessibility - we have lots of children using the website that want to explore their local history and want them to be able to access all this great content.

Try to be as exact as possible when it comes to the location and date of your record - this is to ensure accuracy of the information we host and because many people will use it for research purposes as a unique historical resource. This will also affect how it shows in users search results as users can search via terms, eras like Victorian, Roman or date range.

Finally, ensure you accredit any content or material that is not yours by filling in the credits and attributions section. You may want to thank people that have consented to sharing their information, link relevant URL's so people can learn more.