We have published a set of new releases of the Joinup collaboration platform for government digitalisation, that focus on improving the user experience. Here, we briefly introduce a handful of the changes that we implemented over the past few weeks.
The most-visible improvement concerns the tiles – the squares populating the Joinup home-page and the front pages of collections. These tiles are an important entry-point for content, and several users asked us to allow more room for text. We did this by no longer displaying the authors’ names, and increasing the number of words that we copy from the content.
Another important entry-point for content is the “Overview” page, which is the landing page for all collections. These now display a brief introduction, taken from the collection’s “About” section. We hope this helps users to quickly understand the collection, without having to first use the collection’s navigation menu on the left-hand side.
At the request of users that access the portal using a mobile device, we also tweaked the collection banner. The banner now takes up less space, especially on those devices.
Users noticed that it was impossible to sort the list of members of a collection alphabetically. This was due to a bug, which we fixed.
Finally, to make it more difficult for spammers to abuse the portal, we changed the registration process for new users. This is now a moderated process.
Joinup is a collaboration platform created by the European Commission. It is funded by the European Union via its Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA²) Programme. The portal offers access to more than 2,800 interoperability solutions included in the collections of more than 40 standardisation bodies, public administrations and open source software repositories. Joinup helps public services, citizens and the private sector to work together on reusable ICT solutions and exchange best practices. The portal aggregates news, studies and benchmarks on government digitisation across the 28 EU Member States and 4 EFTA countries.