Earlier this month Trevor Owens announced that a new version of Viewshare is open for user testing and comment. Following this public beta, our plan is to move all users over to the new platform in the next few months. When this happens your Viewshare account, data and views will all transition seamlessly. You will, however, notice visual and functional improvements to the views. The overall look and feel has been modernized and more functionality has been added to some of the views, particularly those that use pie charts. (Editor’s note: the Viewshare program was retired in 2018.)
Trevor gave an overview of all of the new features in his post announcing these changes. In this post I’ll focus on the visual updates. I would encourage everyone with a Viewshare account to check out how your views look in the new version of Viewshare and let us know what you think or if you have any issues.
The new version of Viewshare implements responsive design which will allow your views to look good and be functional on any computer or device. You can see this in action with a view of digital collections preserved by NDIIPP partners on both a large and small screen. The view can fill up a large computer monitor screen and be equally functional and usable on a smartphone. This added feature will require no action from users and will work automatically.
Changes for Charts
Bar chart views are available in the new version of Viewshare. The pie charts have also been greatly improved. Visually, they are clearer and the text is more legible. Functionally, users are able to click through to items that are represented in different areas of the pie chart. This isn’t possible in the current Viewshare. Check out the two versions of the same data from the East Texas Research Center and you’ll see the improvements.
I do want to point out that in the current version of Viewshare there’s an option to switch between two different pie charts on the same view by using a “view by” drop-down menu. To simplify the building process for these views in the new version of Viewshare that option was eliminated so if you want two views of a pie chart all you have to do is create two views. If your current pie chart view has options to view more than one chart in the same view the view listed first will be the one that displays in the new version. To restore the missing view simply create an additional pie chart view.
Share Filtered or Subsets of Results
The new version of Viewshare allows users to share results of a particular state in a view. An example of this is shown in the Carson Monk-Metcalf view of birth and death records. The view below shows a scatterplot chart of birth years vs. death years and their race and religion (religion data not shown below but accessible in the view). The view is limited to show records for those who were 75 years and above at the time of their death. The user could cite or link to this particular view in the data by clicking the red bookmark icon in the upper right and share or save the link provided.
Again, be sure to check-out your views in the new Viewshare, your current login credentials will work. As always let us know what you think in the comments of this post or in the user feedback forums for Viewshare.