We’re conscious that a number of suggestions have been made about how to develop the front end site and we have been working on some of the smaller items, and are now considering the next phase of wider developments.
The following functionality has been rolled out to the site and we hope will improve your user experience:
- Pagination - when a search is completed the number of returns is now displayed above the results along with options to navigate between the results pages (next, previous, first, last) at the returns footer e.g. http://data.hmg.gov.uk/data/list?keyword=education. We’re conscious that with over 1,100 data sets available navigation between them is critical.
- It’s also worth highlighting here that the entire list of available data can be viewed by undertaking a ‘blank’ search (we’ll be working on ways of categorising the data more efficiently as well – but more of that later on)
- Application lists - All application, idea and dataset url’s are now hyperlinked when either viewing individual items or complete lists.
- Confirmation screen – whenever you contribute to the site through commenting, adding an idea or application you’ll now see a confirmation screen so you know you comments have been successfully received. All submissions to the site are pre-moderated by one of the project team so do bear with us.
The features that we are already considering for the coming releases include:
- Search – extending the searched fields to include the full description, author / submitter, date listed and data file format.
- Data browsing – ability to navigate through the data sets by topic area, date listed, a-z listing, etc
- Meta-data display – We are looking at what appears on each data page and how we can make it easier to navigate.
- Tag Cloud – ability to navigate visually by the tags against each package
- Bringing out our linked data - Integrating SPARQL endpoints within the main site around themes such as education, crime, agriculture, environment, finance, transport. As well as including a list of stores an overview of what is available within each and some SPARQL tutorials in our wiki.
- Wiki – Putting in place a wiki to allow discussion and collaboration across the community, including a page for each dataset.
- Community Membership – possibly through Open ID access or otherwise
Please let us know what you think - including anything that you think that we have missed out - and use the commenting functionality below or email list to give us your thoughts and feedback.