Enhancing the Joinup platform

The latest enhancements to the Joinup platform

10/10/2019
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The recent series of concurrent releases for the Joinup collaborative platform include numerous improvements, features and bug fixes, all adding up to a friendlier and more enhanced user experience. Below we present the most interesting of these newly introduced changes.

Joinup Licensing Assistant (JLA)

The Joinup Licensing Assistant (JLA) enables copyright owners to quickly identify suitable licences for distributing their software or data. It’s a single tool that contains details on major open source licences (with more to be added), improved categorisation -- compared to existing tools, direct links to each licence in the SPDX (Software Package Data Exchange) list, and up-to-date licence information.

Thanks to JLA's use of SPDX -- an initiative of the LINUX foundation that attempts to standardise the way in which organisations refer to software licences -- each licence is identified by a full name, such as "European Union Public Licence 1.2" and a shorter identifier i.e., "EUPL-1.2".

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The EUPL 1.2 licence as displayed in the JLA search results

Improved, descriptive URLs

In our push for more user-friendly improvements we have made Joinup URLs more descriptive. Now, by simply glancing at the full URL address you can see where the currently viewed item originates from. Here’s an example:

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/semantic-interoperability-community-semic/news/semic-nifo-collaborate-lod

The above Joinup link states that the item SEMIC-NIFO collaborate on LOD is of type News and is located in the Semantic Interoperability Community (SEMIC) which is a collection.

Transparent & up-to-date legal notice

A new feature has been implemented in order to present users, upon their sign in, with an updated legal notice. This will only occur when there are updates to the legal notice, and will require users to read and accept it, before proceeding further with Joinup. And, for extra transparency, users can quickly review the Specific Privacy Statement that is available via a link at the bottom of the legal notice page, and which provides information about the processing and protection of your personal data on Joinup.

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Screenshot of the Legal notice

Visual improvements

The Joinup logo has been updated to better reflect the open, interconnected nature of the platform. On the Home page, we’ve introduced a new banner image and reduced its vertical height in order to improve the overall page layout. And, we’ve decided to add a bit of colour to the Collection and Solution icons to help users quickly distinguish between them.

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Screenshot of Joinup's Home Page, with the new coloured icons

 

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Many more improvements, features and bug fixes are part of these concurrent releases, adding up to a better user experience of the Joinup platform. Make sure to visit Joinup regularly, to find out about new and interesting things coming to the platform.

The European Commission’s Joinup platform is developed publicly, and the source code is published on GitHub (a web-based hosting service for software version control) under the European Union Public Licence (EUPL).

More information

Joinup releases covered in this article:

 

Want to know more about Joinup?

Check out the Joinup action page on the ISA² website or directly visit the Joinup collection with its videosHow-To articles and FAQ sections! And, if you are into social media definitely have a look here: 

  • Linkedin Join the Joinup Community group on LinkedIn and exchange best practices or engage in discussions with other experts; 
  • Twitter Follow @Joinup_eu on Twitter and stay up-to-date with the latest trending news, events, and interoperability solutions.

Have any questions? 

Contact the Joinup Support Team at https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/contact.

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