The 'Controls Panel' of the Info Window
The Controls Panel gives you access to two different sets of controls that allow you to choose what types of relationships are displayed in the map. You can Hide/Show the different link types, and you can also 'collapse' the node types to reveal clusters. Click here for more about the Controls View.


This link brings up the Information Panel in the Information Window. In the image above the Information Window is displaying the Controls Panel. If you were interested in returning to the Information Panel to examine information about the nodes in the map, you could either click on this link, or you could click on one of the nodes in the map, which would cause the information for that node to be displayed.

Controls Panel Link
This link brings up the Controls Panel in the Information Window as seen in the image above. If you are in a map with node information displayed and you are interested in using one of the manipulation features found in the Controls Panel (and described below) then you would click on this link to display those features.

Help Panel Link
This link brings up a basic help screen in the Information Window with links to this tutorial and a link to the GroupScope contact information.

Hide/Show Links Controls
The Hide/Show Links controls allow you to decide which types of relationships you would like to include in your map. Every type of relationship is represented in this structure, and you have the choice to make it 'Hide,' 'Show,' or '1st degree only.' Hide and Show are simple. Hiding a link type removes all of those type links from the current map. Showing a link type includes all of those type links in the current map. Different map tabs have different default settings for what link types are shown or hidden, and these controls also serve as a great way to see what the current map is showing in case you are not sure or have forgotten.

"1st Degree only"
A link type made to be '1st degree only' means that those type relationships will only appear if they occur in the first degree of the target node(s). This can be useful if you are interested in that relationship type only with regards to how it relates to the target node(s), and do not care about it in the periphery of the network, where it may clutter things and make them harder to read.

Link Cleaner
The Link Cleaner is a simple way for the user to clean up maps that are made unreadable. By increasing the number (from 0.01 upwards, try 0.03, 0.05, 0.1) more and more of the nodes and links causing the problem are removd. It is especially useful in situations where two large nodes (for example: two big universities like Harvard and Stanford, or two big investors like Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia) are in a map together and have a great deal of common connections that are not important to the rest of the network. Increasing the Link Cleaner will clean out much of that unwanted clutter.

Collapse Nodes
Collapsing a node into a link is a method that helps to reveal clustering patterns in a network based on the connections through that node type. For example, if you want to see how the people and investors in a map cluster by way of their connections through companies, then collapse the companies. By default, when you collapse one or more node types in a map, the other relationship types are removed unless you check the box that says 'Keep Relational Links' - described further below.

Keep Relational Links
Whenever one or more of the node types is collapsed into a link, all other non-collapsed relationships are not shown in the map unless this checkbox is checked. For example, if you collapse companies without checking this checkbox, then the map will ONLY show relationships linked by collapsed company nodes. However, if you check the 'Keep Relational Links' box, if other relationship types that are not collapsed exist in the map, they will be shown.

Reset Button - resets to default
Click on the Reset button to reset all of the features in the Controls Panel to their default potitions. These positions may change depending upon which map tab you are currently in. After you have 'Reset' the positions, you can click on the 'Apply' button to enact the changes.

Apply Button - applies changes made in controls panel
You can make one change or multiple changes at the same time to the various features in the Controls Panel, but you must click on the 'Apply' button to enact them. For example, checking or unchecking a checkbox will not do anything until you click the 'Apply' button. At that point, whatever change you've made in the settings will be applied and the new map will be returned.