Joinupers take centre stage

New Joinup features & improvements put the user at centre stage

Published on: 25/06/2020
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The latest releases on the 26 of May & 15 of June 2020 (v1.60.0 & v1.61.0) for the Joinup collaborative platform include numerous improvements, features, bug and security fixes, all adding up to a friendlier and more enhanced user experience. Below we present the most interesting of these newly introduced changes.

My subscriptions: Solutions added to the mix

The last piece of the puzzle has been added to our My subscriptions feature! Along with Discussions, Documents, Events and News, you can now choose to receive notifications for solutions as well.

As a reminder, this feature is accessible by clicking on your avatar icon at the top right corner, and selecting the menu option “My subscriptions”. The screenshot below provides a glimpse of the updated subscriptions page.

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Short ID in URLs: Less is more

Most of the time it’s more practical to have a short URL for your collection or solution. For example, it would be nice instead of this:

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To simply have:

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Thanks to Joinup’s “Short ID” feature this is now possible. But we didn’t stop there. We also added the ability for you to choose your own short ID text!

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This feature is available to owners and facilitators, and can be instantly applied to existing – or new – collections and solutions.

User profiles receive a “facelift”

In case you didn’t know already, your Joinup profile page acts as a multi-purpose area that allows you to view the collections and solutions you’re a member of, keep tabs on the things you’ve created (i.e., News, Documents, Events etc., both in their published and unpublished states), showcase your business title and related details and, of course, lets you update your account’s information.

Since your profile page is also reachable by other users (i.e., via the “Members” page of any collection/solution you’re part of), you could say it is a kind of digital business card, too. That’s why we decided to put some effort into making it more visually appealing and useful by redesigning its banner area.

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As can be seen in the above screenshot, the user profile page’s banner area showcases now more clearly all key information. Moreover, its underlying implementation allows the dynamic adjustment and proper display of any information added to the profile page, regardless of the amount of text. And, as always, we’ve made all of this mobile-friendly as well.

Custom pages become more… customisable

The idea behind custom pages is to give collection and solution owners/facilitators the power to design and present their content in the way they want. In our constant effort to support and boost this idea, we’ve come up with a new method in which custom pages can be populated with content – the paragraph blocks.

Paragraph blocks allow you to segment your content into row-style sections which can be re-arranged by using drag-and-drop functionality. This provides a more organised approach that helps you decide how to structure and where to place your content on a custom page. For example, you could create multiple paragraph blocks, each with its unique information (text, tables, images etc.) and lay them out in any order you wish, just by dragging and dropping them.

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What’s more, we’ve implemented paragraph blocks in such a way that will allow us in the near future to add extra block types, such as configurable geographical maps with infoboxes, among other things.

 

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Many more improvements, features and bug fixes are part of these 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 appearing on – or 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 videos, How-To articles and FAQ sections! And, if you’re 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.

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Have any questions?

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

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