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Muckety help: Exploring the maps

By John Decker

July 3, 2008 at 7:35pm

For a complex map, it is often useful to explore connections using a large version of the map.

To view a larger map, click one of the links below the map.

link to big maps

For this example we are going to click on the link that says “View Large version of map.”

big maps

Muckety maps are interactive. To start exploring a map you need to click inside of the map area to activate it.

Lines between items in the map show relationships - solid lines indicate current relations and dotted lines indicate former relations. If you move your mouse over a line a small box appears showing the nature of the relationship. In the map above we see that Sergey Brin is a co-founder & director of Google Inc.

Clicking on an item in the map will expand that item to show its relations. In the map above we clicked on Sergey Brin’s name to show his relations.

The maps are color coded; people are orange and non-people are green.

You can re-center the map on another item by holding down the control key and clicking on an item. If you control-clicked on Sergey Brin you would see a map with only his relations and the other items in the map would go away.

After clicking around in a map several times the maps can become quite crowded and complex. You can reset the map to its original state by clicking the Reset Map button in the top right corner of the map.

You can also perform a new search from within a map. Enter a search term in the box that says “Search Muckety” and press the Go button to start a new search.

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2 Comments

  • #1.   Sarah Thompson 02.11.2013

    Very poor usability, Muck. Where is the key to the map colors?

    You say above, “The maps are color coded; people are orange and non-people are green.” Have a look at a map. Do you see any colors aside from green and (what I suppose one could loosely call) orange? Do you see any variations in those two colors?

    Yeah, why do we have to guess what the various colors signify?

  • #2.   Laurie Bennett 02.12.2013

    Sorry, we just changed our color template. (We weren’t big fans of the orange.) We’ll add the new color key later today.

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The relationship map to the left is interactive.
• Solid lines are current relations. Dotted lines are former relations.
• Expand items with + signs by double-clicking or by selecting multiple items in the map and pressing the "e" key.
• Move an item in the map by clicking and dragging.
• You can also delete items, separate boxes and save maps. Right-click on the map or select Map Tools for these options.
• Find out more about an item in the map by right-clicking on the item and choosing Information about...
• View map color key.
• This interactive map requires Flash player.


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