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Tracking changes in Pleiades

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Last modified Jul 07, 2016 09:24 PM
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Pleiades provides a number of ways for keeping track of what's recently been added to or changed in Pleiades. Here's an overview.

The Changes Feed

On the Pleiades splash page, you can click on the "about" link below the map to go to the Pleiades Home Page. There you'll see a map of "Recently Modified Resources" with a link below it to "open full screen". In the text to the right of the map, under the heading "About Pleiades" you'll find a number of links, one of which takes you to a page listing the "most recently modified" resources (i.e., our Changes page). There are links at the top of the listing on the Changes page to two other formats: "download KML" (so you can view those changes in Google Earth) and "download Atom+GeoRSS" (so you can view those changes in a feed reader or other Atom-enabled piece of software). The contents of the Changes feed (in all formats) is conditioned on your login state and permissions (anonymous users will only see published content) and it summarizes anything that's been changed (places, names, locations, etc.).

Search Results

If you want a more tailored feed, you can get an HTML page or corresponding feed in either KML or RSS. Just visit the Advanced Search Form, enter your parameters of interest, click the "search" button and wait for the results. At the bottom of your results page, you should find links to the "always updated" feed versions, which you can grab for other uses. Here's an example listing all places published in the last month :

If you're interested in knowing not only when the general information about places is changed, but also when new sets of coordinates (i.e., locations) are published, then you can build a search for both locations and places (RSS, KML). If toponomy's your thing, then you might prefer to know only about newly changed and published names (RSS).

More information about how to set search parameters is available in our help documents: How to search for things in Pleiades and Using Advanced Search.

Blog Posts

Of course, the Pleiades Project Blog also has an RSS feed (just blog posts, not places, names, or locations).