Neatline Plugin for Omeka
Neatline is a plugin for Omeka and was designed for users wishing to create maps that tell stories, combine time and space, and link to items in the Omeka's installation. It combines GIS with simple drawing tools and geotagging. The current release of Neatline uses two sub-plugins: Neatline Waypoints, which creates a navigable menu on the side of an interactive map, and Neatline Simile, which creates an integrated timeline.
To create a Neatline map, an interface must be filled out that includes Title, a URL, which sub-plugins to use, and the default map layer. Optional fields are a description, which map layers are selectable, and a custom base layer.
Once that map has been established, Neatline has three tabs per map for creating and editing content: Records, Styles, and Plugins. New records can be added on the Records tab. The Styles tab has a field for entering CSS to batch edit record type displays. The Plugins tab manages the sub-plugins of Waypoints and Simile.
Beneath the Record tab, new points can be created by clicking “New Record,” This brings up three sub-tabs. The first is the text tab, where text is manually typed in to the Title and Body field. The second is the map tab, where a geometry type is selected, and manually drawn on the map. The third tab is the Style tab, where the visual style of each entry can be edited individually.
Neatline was used to create two interactive maps for this project. The first is a simple page that was designed to be viewed on a mobile device, and it shows the route and stops that Kindersley made. This map used a static image created in ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator as a custom base layer. The only interactive elements are the stopover points and the popups only include the dates of travel.
The second map differs in that it contains more information. Instead of a static image, it uses a WMS base layer. Both the route and the stopover points are clickable. The stopover points also include descriptive text about Kindersley's visit there. The graceful route lines were created as SVG files in Adobe Illustrator. Each line was exported as plain text, pasted into the application on the Records-Map tab, and dragged into place. Finally, the travel dates were added in the date fields found under Records-Style tab.