Uploading a KML file is a relatively simple process. Reproducing a complex collection structure is less simple, however, but still fairly easy. Since each KML file you upload becomes its own collection, it takes some time to reproduce a complex collection structure. This article attempts to explain how to do this with the least pain possible:
1. Outline your collection hierarchy.
While it’s easy to change the hierarchy once your items are already in Hypercities, creating the hierarchy first will save you some time. For our example, let’s suppose we’re working on a project called “The Programmer and the Author,” and we have four files, houseofleaves.kml, infinitejest.kml, whitenoise.kml, and neuromancer.kml. Let’s also suppose we want to have the following hierarchy:
- The Programmer and the Author
- The 1980s
- William Gibson, Neuromancer (neuromancer.kml)
- Don DeLillo, White Noise (whitenoise.kml)
- The 1990s
- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (infinitejest.kml)
- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (houseofleaves.kml)
- The 1980s
2. Create the top-level collection and create any subcollections that will contain more than one collection.
For more information on how to add a new collection, see http://hypercities.com/blog/2010/08/12/how-to-create-new-collection/
3. Upload the KML into the appropriate place.
Now is when the real fun begins. Once you have created the collections, upload your first KML file. Click on the Add Media button.
The bottom button is the “Import KML” button. Click on this.
In the ‘Add Media” frame, fill in the required information. You must fill in a title, but this will be ignored if a name is specified in the file.
Once you have entered the appropriate information on the first two tabs, click on the “My Collections” tab found at the bottom. Put this in the appropriate collection. Here, we would be putting the KML file into “The 1980′s.”
Click the “submit” button.
Repeat the process for all the files.
- Before uploading your files, check them by opening them in Google Earth. This will validate that your KML is correct. If there’s a problem, it will frequently give you a more accurate assessment of what is wrong than Hypercities.
- If you only want your sub-collections to appear as collections of the collection that contains them, be sure that the containing collection is the only collection checked in the “My Collection” tab. Otherwise, they will show up under any collections that have been checked.