Topic: Even more design problems
In G4, we could see all fields of species records on the gridmap page in a spreadsheet-like format, sorted by dataset. We could also add comments to records, an extremely valuable tool for maintaining accuracy.
In G5, we lost the ability to comment (it is still not there, despite promises to the contrary), because it was not used much - that, at least, is what I was told by an NBN officer. That might have been because data quality was generally high and so the need for commenting was not a daily event, but, just as airbags in your car are rarely used, when you do need them you are very pleased someone thought of including them.
The other thing we lost in the move to G5 was that records could only be seen via a complicated process through the IMT, and then only limited fields and in batches of 10. OK, we are now allowed to filter them, but that is small consolation.
In ALS when we get to the species page e.g. http://species.als.scot/species/NBNSYS0000030336, we can click to see a list of records, each one occupying 2 lines and bordered on the RHS by a vast area of empty space, as in http://records.als.scot/occurrences/sea … cordsView.
All we see is the taxon name, the date, the unsurprising information that the country is ‘Scotland’, and the name of the dataset. Yes, we can see more than 10 at a time, and we can sort (but not filter), but again it seems that far more important items are not there.
For each record, we can click ‘View record’ and see e.g. http://records.als.scot/occurrences/4dd … 9c07bb4e9. The record details (incomplete, as has been pointed out in other posts) in a vertical format and accompanied on the LHS and below by a screed of ancillary data which are going to have no relevance to the vast majority of searches and users. Included is the species name no fewer than 3 times. Why?
So, some more redesigns, please, in the interests of ensuring that the final form of ALS is actually an improvement on what has gone before:
1 - restore a spreadsheet-like display of records with the fields set horizontally (there is plenty space) on e.g. http://records.als.scot/occurrences/sea … cordsView;
2 – restore filtering of records;
3 – restore commenting;
4 – remove unnecessary and repeated items;
5 – for anyone who wants the additional technical data on e.g. http://records.als.scot/occurrences/4dd … 9c07bb4e9, things like the Data quality tests, Additional political boundaries information, and the whole of the LH panel, put them somewhere else;
6 – throughout the site, unless there are good reasons to do otherwise, design pages so that white space and scrolling are reduced to a minimum;
7- confirm that these points have been logged for action by the IT team.