Newly Released Improvements to SEAD's Project Spaces

Posted on: 
Oct 31, 2014

The SEAD team has been working on a number of changes to improve Project Spaces tools for collaboration and data management and is happy to release many of those to you today. The changes highlighted here were a direct result of feedback that the SEAD project team gathered from users. We continue to regularly consult with our users through workshops and meetings and invite you to contact us at any time. Let us know what you like, what features you need for your work, and/or any problems that show up as you use SEAD.

New Datasets and Collections Display

We've made the preview images larger, increased the amount of text that is displayed for the title, added information about who uploaded the dataset or created the collection, and added date information. We also now display a filetype-specifc icon for datasets where we are unable to offer a preview.SEAD New Display

SEAD's new dataset display

Set Default Dataset and Collections List Display

If you have administrative access to your project space, you can specify whether you want datasets and collections lists to show up as a grid or as a list. You can also set the default order: by date, by title, or by category. This setting can be found under the administration panel configuration tab under the heading "Presentation Defaults."

Collections List Page Shows Only Top-Most Collections

Until now, SEAD displayed all of your collections and subcollections on the main collections listing page. Now, we only display top-most collections (including those without subcollections) on the main collections list page. You can navigate to a collection's subcollection(s) by clicking on a particular collection. We continue to work on providing better ways to navigate hierarchical collections.

Location Lookup

Previously, adding location metadata to your data required you to enter the latitude and longitude or select the point on a map. Now you can add location by looking the location up (e.g. "Yellowstone National Park" or "Lake St. Clair") and then clicking the link provided.

SEAD's new location lookup feature

SEAD's new location lookup feature

Metadata Options Now Include Definitions

SEAD's User Specified Metadata field options now show the formal definitions for each field. For example the "Abstract" field now shows you that the field should include "a summary of the resource." Don't have a project space to try out these new features? Contact us to start one or try things out on our demo site.