Here's a description of all the metadata fields in the KMaps editor. You can use this to guide your data entry. For most fields, you can also add notes


General information

Shows KMap ID, controls whether the subject is public or private.

Public: When checked, makes the subject private.


Lists alternate names for the KMap.

Relationship: Describes how the name relates to the original KMap (eg. translation, orthographic).

Priority: Sets the order in which names are listed. Names with priority 0 become the label for the KMap.


A brief, "tweet-sized" description for the KMap. This appears in KMap previews throughout Mandala.



A longer description for the KMap. This appears on the KMap page in Subjects or Places.



A single image that is representative of the subject or place. Other images, including those that relate to the subject or place but do not illustrate it, can be added using Images in Mandala. Learn more about this feature with Add Illustrations to KMaps.


Subject Codes

A code that identifies the Subject. Mandala Subjects automatically assigns a unique ID to each KMap, but you may want to add other codes for your own purposes


Subject Relations

Assigns related subjects. This is also used to create child KMaps for a subject. Learn more atAdd a New KMap.



This is a legacy option. You should use Texts in Mandala if you want to add a longer essay to your Knowledge Map.



For places, the following options are also available:


Place type

The type of place: this classifies the Knowledge Map.


The latitude and longitude of the place. This is a single point which represents your Place on a map. If you have a GIS shapefile which represents your place, contact


Codes or identifiers that refer to this place.


The general elevation of the place.

Feature Relations

Assigns related places. This is also used to create child KMaps for a subject. Learn more at Add a New KMap.

Supplemental Documentation

If you don't see answers to your questions in these guides, you can check out the THL Place Dictionary Editor's Manual. This resource addresses Places in great detail, and includes recommendations for creating places and filling out metadata fields.

Bear in mind, however, that this document is intended for scholars in the Tibetan Himalayan Library. Some information may not apply to general users, or may be out-of-date. This is just a stand-in resource while we update the Knowledge Base.

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