Perspectives let you display faceted understandings of a place.
Perspectives are specific to the Places Knowledge Maps site. They let you switch between different place trees, each with a different "perspective" or focus. This lets you create nuanced relationships between two places. Let's consider the relationship between Charlottesville and Albemarle.
Charlottesville is "in" Albemarle geographically, but Albemarle isn't the county for the city. Instead, Charlottesville is an independent city. Residents will use "Charlottesville" as their county and city in official forms.
You can switch perspectives from the Knowledge Maps editors by selecting Perspectives from the Main Menu. We've included a detailed step-by-step guide at the bottom of the page. We've also listed each perspective here, with examples.
List of Perspectives
Show places that are culturally significant, but that may not have official government designations. Only use this if no other perspective fits your needs.
Example: movie theaters, informal neighborhood boundaries
Shows regions that are significant to electoral processes.
Example: Virginia's 10th district.
Historical Polity Administrative
Shows place designations that no longer exist, but are historically important.
Example: the thirteen British colonies that became the USA.
National Administrative Units
Shows official places with administrative significance.
Example: District of Columbia, Virginia, Albermarle county.
Shows relationships based purely on location. Feature A can be "located in," "centered in," "near," etc. feature B. This perspective involves only geographical criteria for relationships, with no other considerations. Don't use this for any relationship that isn't solely geographical.
Example: An ancient polity could be "located in" a contemporary administrative unit. This would mean the geographical area of the ancient polity was within the modern administrative unit: we can reference the modern place's footprint to illustrate the latter's area.
Shows monasteries, pilgrimage routes, sacred sites, sacred mountains, and other networks of religious relationships between features.
Example: Miqat, Mina, and Mecca are all important places during Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage. They share a relationship from the religious perspective.
Shows relationships relevant to organizations or internal organizational units.
Example: Google's headquarters are in Mountainview, CA, but it has other offices worldwide. These offices share an organizational relationship.
This is a relationship between features that pertain to administration. It does not include the relationship between governmental units, such as counties being within prefectures. For these, use the "administrative units" perspective.
Use this perspective is for relationships like "is an administrative seat of"
Shows natural feature relationships, or other relationships relating to the physical landscape.
Example: Mount Elbert is the highest peak of the Rocky Mountains. A mountain and its mountain range share a relationship from the environmental perspective.
Shows the relationships between buildings: a single structure might be part of a large building complex or site.
Example: The Vitra Design Museum in Germany includes multiple buildings with architectural significance. These buildings all share relationships from the site relationship perspective.
- Go to the places editor at places.kmap.virginia.edu
- Click on the Main Menu icon
- Click Settings
- Click Perspectives
- Choose the perspective you want to see
The perspective tree will open