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December 2018

A new interface for Forum Admin! Just like the cataloging environment, Forum Admin has been updated to have the same look and feel. We also added in a few new features to make creating and managing projects easier.

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Easily find and carry out the tasks

  • Project names are automatically sorted alphabetically, making them easier to scan and find the project that needs to be worked on.
  • Areas of the Forum Admin have been labeled with more meaningful terminology so you can more easily recognize where to go, e.g. “User Permissions” instead of “Permissions” and “Cataloging Forms” instead of “Cataloging Screens”.
  • We reordered the tabs in a logical sequence that moves through the steps needed for completing a project set up.
  • Admins can seamlessly get to cataloging tools from admin making it easier to move between the sites instead of relying on bookmarks or support site searching.

Efficiently customize Forum for your specific project needs and workflows

We wanted to simplify the process of creating new projects, adding project fields, cataloging forms, targets, and users.

  • Projects
    • All new projects are automatically enabled for compound objects.
  • Fields
    • Integrated vocabularies are highlighted giving the you easier access to link to the vocabularies that are most commonly used.
    • Additional lists and vocabs are organized and searchable making it faster for you to find lists and vocabularies and connect them to your project field.
    • You can create a new list when creating a new field which makes the process for setting up list fields more streamlined.
  • Cataloging Forms
    • You can automatically see a preview of the cataloging form you created and it’s updated as you continue making edits. This streamlines the process because you no longer have to navigate back and forth between the admin and cataloger environment to see changes applied.
    • Fields in a form can be re-sequenced by both drag/drop and changing the sequence order, making the cataloging form customization keyboard accessible.
  • Targets
    • Mapping project fields to the target collection fields is simplified! No more dragging/dropping fields one by one. This will greatly simplify the process of getting your data to display the way you want in the end user environment.
    • After creating a new target, you are prompted to map your project fields as a next step.
    • When mapping fields, to prevent lost work, you are prompted to save if you make changes and navigate away. This prevents lost work and frustration.
    • Target collection download options are more clearly labeled so they’re meaningful, making it easier for an admin to select the options you need.
  • Permissions
    • Admins can batch delete users. This makes it easier to remove several users from a project at the same time.
    • List permissions no longer have roles, adding a user to a list gives them edit permission.

September 2018

A new interface for JSTOR Forum! Forum has a new look, but still has all the features you currently use. We also included a few new ones with more on the way!

View more relevant data and items in projects

  • Collapsible project panel for more room to view the cataloged fields in the item panel.
  • Column widths in the item panel can be easily expanded to autofit cataloged data with a double click and they are remembered across sessions so you don’t have to resize every time.
  • 100 items are viewable per page by default, as opposed to the previous behavior of viewing 25 per page. The number of items per page is also remembered across sessions.
  • Your filenames are more visible within the edit tab.
  • If you hide the thumbnail column, then your data will display with smaller rows to see more.

Catalog with less clicks

  • You can link multiple vocabulary terms when using vocabularies.
  • Add new controlled list terms on the fly.
  • Easier to see field descriptions so catalogers have more guidance on what to enter in fields.

More intuitive options and menus to make managing and editing items easier

  • The tiny gear menu has been replaced with a more prominent Options menu.
  • Actions that make sense as part of the cataloging workflow are grouped together where they’re easy to find.
  • A checkbox is next to the thumbnail now to clearly indicate item selection.
  • Select all on a page with one click.

A modern look and feel that’s consistent (except for Forum Admin, we are working on that)

  • Unified look between item cataloging, and works and names.
  • Accessibility improvements with an aim to bring Forum in line with WCAG Level AA standards in the future.

A brighter path for future improvements

  • Google Analytics metrics to help us make improvements.
  • Smaller, more frequent releases with less downtime and disruption.
  • More stability and reliability with improved monitoring tools and testing.

August 2018

New Feature

  • Forum Works and Names have a new interface! These environments have been updated to be more stylistically in-line with the upcoming redesigned Cataloging Tools.

April 2018

New Features

  • New users can be added to a project within 5 minutes of being given access to Forum in Artstor Admin. To learn more about adding users to projects, please see our article about managing user access.
  • We added five new fields to our Dublin Core template to align with the metadata standard developed by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The new fields are:
    • Alternate Title
    • Spatial Coverage
    • Temporal Coverage
    • Extent
    • Medium

Resolved Issues

  • We resolved the intermittent slowness in returning results when searching the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) and Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN).

February 2018

New Features

  • Deployed new branding within the Forum application environments, ForumSupport.jstor.org, and the login pages. We have setup redirects so all old URLs will continue to work and these changes do not require any action on your part.

Previous Releases

For release notes of previous versions, please see the Release Notes Archive.