How can I change the information in my maps?
Let's say you've already searched for companies, investors, or people of interest to you and arrived at a network map, but the map doesn't contain the information you need. Or maybe it contains the information you need, but also lots of other information you don't care about, making it hard to read. Here are the different ways you can adjust the contents of your maps in LinkSViewer.
Use the Tabs
can be seen in the Taskbar
, above the maps. These represent map 'presets' like you might have on your car radio. They may not show you exactly what you are looking for, but they will often get you very close. The different tabs lead to different views that focus on different relationships in the data. It is often helpful to click through the different tabs when you arrive at a new map just to see if they expose anything to you that you were not aware of. Using the different Filters
features you can manipulate the network in any tab and completely change it - including, excluding, or highlighting any information you choose, but the tabs are often good starting points and a great way to quickly assess the different relationships without taking the time to use the controls or filters. More on Relational Tabs
and Node-specific Tabs
Add/Remove Target Nodes
Every map is based on one or more Target Nodes. For example, if you are looking at a map of Google's network, then Google is the Target Node - all of the other nodes are present because they are a part of Google's network. In any network you can choose to add a 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, etc.) Target Node to create a combined network map and expand the scope of the network you are viewing. If you are looking at a combined network with more than one Target Node, you also have the option to remove Target Nodes (it's possible that they will remain in the map even after 'removed,' but they will no longer be target nodes). Within any map you can click on any node to display its information in the Information Window
. Within this information there are links
for that node that allow you to 'Add to map' if it is not a Target Node, or 'Remove from map' if it is already a Target Node.
Filters - include or exclude types of nodes
There are separate filters for each of the different node types. These filters allow you to include or exclude certain types of these nodes based on status or other attributes. For example, whether a company is active or inactive, if it was started after a certain year, what industry sector it's in, or how much capital it has raised over how many rounds. This method is appropriate when you want to include/exclude based on attributes of the nodes. Learn more about each of the filter types: Companies
Controls Panel - hide/show link types
At the top of the Controls Panel
there are options to hide/show any of the possible relationship links in LinkSViewer. You can use this to control which types of relationships are present in your maps. Click to learn more about this feature
Controls Panel - collapse nodes into links
At the bottom of the Controls Panel
there are options to collapse any of the node types into links. This is a great way to condense information in your complex maps and get a better view of how different nodes cluster together. Click to learn more about this feature