Creating a network together

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Why designing a network together?

Networks are a fantastic way to make clear which routes or paths are suitable, interesting or beautiful. Such a network makes it possible for other users to compile routes tailored to the user.

The knowledge of the various elements of such a network is usually not held by one person but by a group of people and then it is necessary to put together such a network as a group. That is what this topic is about.

3 steps to design a network together

Step (1) Draw and bundle individual routes

Step 1 is the drawing of individual routes by the different participants. This phase is based solely on the individual knowledge of each author. 

Each author draws her/his own prefered path(s). This is possible with the RoutePlanner (see below).

The author makes the route public or shares it privately in a group. We recommend you to keep it public.

Others (or group members in case the route is private) can comment on the route.

Step (2) Testing, discussions and consolidation


The individually proposed routes should be tested in practice. This can be done by printing the route (road book) or via smartphone or GPS.


After the test phase, other project participants can add an opinion or question to the route. Read here how you can do this.

The author can give an answer or give arguments of the created path. This creates a discussion + argumentation + consolidation.

It is best to organize the debate in smaller groups (see below) based on areas of the network.


From the debate, it is best to have one proposal for a particular trajectory, so that a network of consolidated and approved trajectories emerges. This can be worked out by a person in charge for each section or through co-authorship.

This iteration may need to be repeated several times.

Step (3) Integration, visualization and routability

The third phase is the integration of the network: visual presentation as one network, supplying it on a map and making the network routable or not. It is also possible to choose to visualize a network purely as a graphic layer and as a background in route planners.

What should participants do?

Step 1: Create an account

Read here how to create an account (if you don't already have one).

Step 2: Log in

If you create an account, you are already logged in immediately. If you already have an account and you are not logged in yet, please log in first. Read here how.

Step 3: Draw up your proposal process

Via the RouteYou RoutePlanner you can draw up a route as a proposal of part of the network.

Step 4: Link the route to a relevant group

Usually a project will consist of several (work) groups. Groups are a useful way to maintain structure in your project. You can group routes in it, among other things.

Read here how to link your route to the relevant group (s).

In the example of the BXLdotNODE project, several groups are created. Have a look here.

Step 5: Join the relevant (work) groups

Why become a member?

As described above, groups are a useful way to maintain structure in your project. A group can also group "users".

This is useful for keeping track of activities in the group, for editing routes together, or for viewing private routes.

How to become a member

There are two ways for a user to join the group:

Different "roles" within a group and editing routes together

As a group administrator, you can give members of your group more permissions by changing their type. This way you can make them authors in a group.

This is useful if you want to work on a route together. You can indicate for a route whether there are co-authors who may also edit that route. You do that by linking a group in the 'co-author' section. [Help=629]Read more about it here.[/help]

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