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Interface developments

User Interface (UI) developments have focused on the UK University Museums search, with the aim of trying to incorporate as many of the feature requests as possible that were raised during user consultations.
This has meant that the three user interfaces the project aimed to produce will be finalised after the official project end.  Developers Gooii expand on some of the developments so far for the UK University Museum search and new Culture Grid search:

UK University Museums search

The major UI development has gone into the concept of tab filtering of search results for Institutions, Collections and Items. Initially we tried to combine tabs with breadcrumbs to clearly identify the user’s location within the hierarchy.

Search interface concept with breadcrumb shown in the tabs

Search interface concept with breadcrumb shown in the tabs

When implemented however this proved unwieldy as the amount of data overloaded the tabs, and objects were in multiple collections, so the breadcrumb was too long and was confusing. However the tab concept did seem to work as a useful filtering option. So we simplified the tabs:

Search interface implemented showing tabbed results with results count

Search interface implemented showing tabbed results with results count

Adding just a count, so that the user can clearly see how many of each record type have been returned. We then developed a sync controller so that the tabs would be kept in sync with the search term.

Users can now find institutions and collections easily, and then choose whether to view a whole collection or only objects within a collection that match their search term.

Search Interface showing collection record result

Search Interface showing collection record result

The new GRID CLDs are now shown when the collection is selected.

Collection record display

Collection record display

Subject browse structure using JACS

The JACS structure has is implemented using the API on the CultureGrid Vocabulary bank. http://culturegrid.lexaurus.net/culturegrid/browse. A JavaScript tree control has been implemented which allows the user to browse the hierarchy, at every level we check the SOLR instance for CLDs which have the matching term and populate links accordingly. CLDs also link to the appropriate JACS term.

JACS Browse showing terms with matching CLDs as links

JACS Browse showing terms with matching CLDs as links

Sign in and User Collections

Users can sign in via Google (OpenID) and then create and publish their own collections on the site. The Google OpenID login was well documented and was quite easy to implement. We used an OpenID consumer only wrapper class (LiteOpenID) which simplified things.

Google Account Sign in page

Google Account Sign in page

Once signed in users can edit their details including username which affects the public URL of their collections. They can also choose whether to make their collections public or private.

Collecting objects is done from the search results. Each item record has a “Add to your collection” button which allows users to add the record to an existing or new collection (via a modal dialogue).

Creating a new collection

Creating a new collection

User collections can then be reached via a public URL with the structure:/user/username/usercollectionname

Both username and user collection name can be defined by the user.

Features still remaining to be implemented:

  • Wiring work between JACS and collections display panel
  • Integrate collection and institution authority record display within tab structure
  • Comments: post/rate/report (Requires modification to comments API to accept OpenID)
  • More like this suggestions
  • Final deployment and testing

DEV URL:  http://gooii.dh.bytemark.co.uk/culturegrid/ukumg/

Culture Grid search upgrade

The CG search UI was modernised, URL patterns made human readable, load speeds reduced and item pages given their own static URLs.

New Grid search

New Grid search

Importantly the collections in the advanced search were made hierarchical for easier searching.

Grid collection browse

Grid collection browse

Features still remaining to be implemented:

  • Collecting (with OpenID login)
  • Comments: post/rate/report (Requires modification to comments API to accept OpenID)

DEV URL: http://gooii.dh.bytemark.co.uk/culturegrid/search/

 

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UK University Museum Search starting to take shape

Following feedback from the University Museums Group & University Museums in Scotland on a number of proposed designs for a prototype UK University Museum Search a final design is now being refined and implemented into a working prototype by the project’s interface design partners Gooii Ltd.  A sneak peak of the design can be found at: http://www.gooii.com/clientarea/umg/

Designer Briefs

The project’s aim to develop a prototype search-portal of UK University Museums took its first steps during March, through further engagement with stakeholders: with a brief being agreed with UMG: Design brief for prototype University Museum search and a call being issued to UMG members to provide images that represent their collections and services: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=ind1203&L=UNIVERSITY-MUSEUMS-GROUP-UK&F=&S=&P=6910.