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  1. 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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  2. '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

  3. '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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  4. 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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  5. 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…

    1 vote
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

  9. 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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    1 comment  ·  Rollout  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    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.

  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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…

    4 votes
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  14. Improving 'no image available'

    Instead of the generic 'no image available' icon (and not conflicting with the idea previously logged of having an upload/snapshot image tool), could Aspire support the idea of Tenancy specific generic icons which were resource type sensitive. So the workflow would be: 'This is a journal article; I have no image to accompany this; retrieve and display the Tenancy specific journal article icon'.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We’ve not gone for a tenancy specific option here, but we have iremoved the “no image available” display when no image is available.

  15. Alternative authority catalogue for physical stock items not held by local library

    We're thinking through how the Bookmark tool could better support academic creation of a list where an academic wants to add items not yet held by the library (which may be subsequently purchased). To ensure that the library gets a good quality Bibliographic record from which to work, is it possible that alternative catalogues, such as COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/) or the BL catalogue (http://catalogue.bl.uk/) could be configured to work with the bookmarking tool. We could then clearly advise academics: "If you don't find it in the library catalogue, try COPAC or the BL." I'm not currently clear…

    5 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We’re currently assessing the best way to implement this. We’ve been in contact with COPAC and are looking at Open Library. A solution closer to home would be to utilise the union catalog held in Talis Base.
    My initial investigations show that coverage could be extended to WorldCat (and others) by making use of COINS metadata to pass the identifiers to Aspire, whereby Aspire would then look up those in your local catalog first, and then a union (if there was no local record).
    We plan to implement this feature during September.

  16. Open access and Creative Commons licences

    It seems essential for rollout to have the ability to add a Creative Commons licence to a list. In the same way as you can to photos in flickr. It needs to be simple, obvious and explanatory.

    2 votes
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  17. Combining Edit Functions

    At the moment there are two edit buttons with separate functions. The first (when in edit mode for the whole list) allows you to add a "Note for Student" and choose from the "Importance" drop-down menu. The second appears once an item has been selected and appears as "Edit this Resource" allowing you to add / correct fields such as Author, Title, etc. If it were possible it would be easier for users if these two edit functions were combined.

    1 vote
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    It’s now possible to edit the item metadata right from within the list editor

  18. Viewing additional metadata in the Review screen

    We are currently looking at the workflow for ordering books on Coutts OASIS database and piloting working directly from the Review screen list in Aspire. However, a title search often results in too many hits and an ISBN in a direct hit but does not show other available edition (in particular the availability of a later edition or an e-book). It would be useful to have an 'overlay' in the title field showing additional metadata for the item (author, publisher, year etc) so that library staff could easily do an author/title search of our supplier database without having to click…

    8 votes
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  19. Adding a Cancel button to the Bookmark item preview screen

    In the Bookmark Item preview screen ('Add this item to your bookmarks') a third 'Cancel' button needs to be added alongside the 'Create and 'Create & Add' buttons. Clicking on this would return the browser to the source screen. Once at the preview screen, there is no option within Aspire not to proceed with Bookmarking the Item - while, of course, a List editor may have (a) changed their mind; (b) selected the wrong thing; or perhaps more commonly (c) be disappointed by the quality of the extracted metadata (Title, URL, 'Web Page' type) for non-supported platforms and not want…

    7 votes
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  20. Selective export to Bibliographic Management Software (RefWorks, EndNote)

    Students should be able to:

    Flag, tag, tick or basket selected items in a Resource List (or Lists) and then export them to one of the standard Bibliographic Management applications, such as RefWorks or Endnote.

    For RefWorks, and other systems, a direct export facility should be offered; with a RIS formatted indirect export as a fallback.

    Aspire is not a Bibliographic Management application, but needs to integrate as easily as possible with applications which are. Students who are being encouraged to consult materials in their studies will want to be able to cite and refer to those materials in their…

    6 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    I’m marking this idea as completed. We’ve got some more enhancements to do here, including selective export of citations (which we’re planning to implement from the My Bookmarks screen) but the spirit of this idea is now delivered to the application. For enhancements, please raise new ideas or email LIS-ASPIRE where there is an active thread discussing this feature.

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