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  1. Recent Changes Dynamic Link

    At the moment clicking on the "Recent Changes" link to see the changes that a tutor has made to a list leads to a static link with a "Description" (e.g. "3 items added"). Could this link be made dynamic so that we can see which items have been added, etc?

    17 votes
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  2. Search by list owner

    It would be helpful as sometimes the only information we have is the lecturer's name and subject area

    14 votes
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  3. Download Current Hierarchy

    In order automate the management of the Hierarchy, it would be useful to know what items are currently on the system. Bonus points for the facility to download which have lists attached. My preverence would be to download a simple csv, in the same structure used to upload the initial list

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    Hi, it’s now possible to download the hierarchy in CSV format from the new All nodes report. Also, there are a suite of reports to cover the ‘empty nodes’ requirement discussed in Ian’s comment.

  4. Adding a 'has part' facility - for book chapters and journal articles

    A Liaison Librarian member of our Resource List project group is finding the management of book chapters (and by implication journal articles) through the Bookmarking tool vexing.

    The scenario is this: a List Publisher wants to add an entry for a book chapter for a print book held in the library. Using the browser plug-in, they bookmark the book from the library catalogue, but in the Bookmark preview screen there is only the option to indicate that this item is 'Part of...' something else, whereas what the Publisher of the List wants to do is indicate that this item 'Has…

    7 votes
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  5. 'Website' as a resource type

    'Website' is not currently available as a resource type. We would like to see this made available as academics will often refer their students to review an entire site rather than just one specific web page.

    2 votes
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  6. Book chapter as resource type

    'Book chapter' is currently unavailable as a resource type, we would like to see this made available to use when referring to a specific book chapter, or range of chapters within a book

    3 votes
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  7. Print formatted list directly from browser

    To enable academics and students to print out appropriately formatted Resource Lists for physical reference and annotation, additional print CSS configurations should be added to the appropriate Aspire page views to support a correctly formatted print presentation, rather than a simple print-out of the fully rendered web page.

    1 vote
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  8. Automatic linking to new titles ordered

    I know this idea has been discussed before but can't find it as an 'idea' as it would be a very valuable and time-saving feature for Aspire to recognise when an item bookmarked from Amazon, for example, is ordered and becomes available from the Library or is in fact already in the Library. Academics won't want to go back in to a list and bookmark and add new titles to their list neither will library staff .

    35 votes
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  9. 'Back to top' / 'Back to TOC' link in long lists

    The TOC functionality allows downwards/forward navigation in long lists, but there is no equivalent upwards/backwards link. Could such a link be defaulted (premised on a business rule about list item length, perhaps)?

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Improved ToC functionality now includes a docking ToC which is always visible as you scroll through a list and allows you to jump to any section

  10. 'Add new field' values in Edit

    In the manual Edit of an item, it is not currently possible to add a 'Place of Publication' - could this be added?

    2 votes
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  11. My Lists - default sort by Title

    A small but helpful tweak - could the My Lists list default to an A-Z Title sort.

    19 votes
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  12. Library Availability and electronic content

    When electronic material records are pulled from the Library Catalogue, the $856 URL is extracted to become the URL of the resource in Talis. In the absence of Holdings data for these items, the Library Availability look-up is reported as unavailable. It might be preferable if the look-up script checked (against a set of rules) the presence of certain values in the Aspire record for the resource (such as a Web address or electronic resource format) and then not attempt the look-up, but instead present the end user a message such as: "This electronic material is available online. Access it…

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  13. Allow an administrator to bulk rollover lists to a new time period

    An administrator specifies a "from" period and a "to" period, and then asks the system to perform a bulk rollover.

    The system finds all lists that are currently assigned to the specified "from" period that haven't already been copied manually and assigned to the specified "to" period. For all given matches, the system creates a copy of these lists and automatically assigns them to the "to" period.

    For example, the following lists exist before rollover (list name/time period shown):

    "Financial Accounting and reporting", "Autumn Term 08/09"
    "Advanced Financial Accounting and reporting", "Autumn Term 08/09"
    "Advanced Financial Accounting and reporting", "Spring…

    6 votes
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  14. Allow a user to rollover a single list to a new time period

    A list editor can manually elect to rollover a single list to a new time period.

    This is in essence an optimisation of the copy functionality - a copy of the source list is taken with the option for the user to select a new time period.

    2 votes
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  15. Implement time periods within Aspire

    Allow an administrator to specify a list of time periods in Aspire. A time period is made up of a label, a start date and an end date (example - "Autumn Term 10/11", "1st Sept 2010", "31st December 2010").

    List editors will be able to optionally assign a list to a given time period.

    The time period will be visible from the list outline view, and also within the linked lists table on the module view.

    An extension of the linking API will be developed so that the VLE can link directly to all lists for a given time period,…

    4 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    With the completion of the API work this is now complete

  16. Record and allow reporting on empty lists, course or modules, or missing parts of the hierarchy

    This will allow customers to detect dead ends for users and take action outside the system boundary to rectify.

    Later we could think about what activities could occur within the system boundary, e.g. request a list, email notification etc.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We have now created a new tenancy stats prototype, and we’ll be demoing it at the user group meeting on the 4th March. We have included the ability to report on empty nodes/modules, empty lists and also orphaned lists (i.e. those not attached to a module). There is also some basic stats reporting such as the amount of total lists in the system and the spread of resource types across the system.

  17. Allow administrators to manually create or edit hierarchy nodes (schools, modules, courses)

    Users with the node administrator permission will be able to create new or edit existing nodes (schools, courses, modules) in the hierarchy (i.e. the node name, code, description and parent).

    5 votes
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  18. Allow administrators to create new areas of the hierarchy via a bulk upload facility

    This would allow administrators to add to the modules and structure already inside Aspire using the standard format already defined in the data conversion and tenancy implementation process.

    This would not allow bulk changes or removals from the existing hierarchy.

    4 votes
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  19. Implement devolved permissions

    On completion of this story, users would be assigned roles on login according to what is sent across in the SAML Response. These roles would be sourced from a central authority outside of Aspire.

    Running in this mode, Aspire would no longer have control or responsibility over how roles are assigned to users, and would be merely taking a lead from information passed in the response. The process for a user assuming a role would occur outside the system boundary.

    5 votes
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  20. Option to make a list Closed Access

    At the moment it appears that new lists are automatically 'Open Access' and both list title and individual items are searchable on Google. Feedback from our academics indicates that not all will want their lists to be open access or if the list was Open Access, they would want to attach a Creative Commons licence to their list. A couple of points around this scenario:


    1. Can an academic make his own list 'closed access'?

    2. Can an academic attach a Creative Commons licence to his own list?

    3. Can an academic restrict a specific item from being Open Access - for example…
    4 votes
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