GtR Data and System Release March 2013

GtR Release Note 04/03/2013

Paul Chitson, Gateway to Research Technical Coordinator

First of all apologies that this release note is late as two system and one data change have been completed since the initial beta launch.

User Interface Changes

– Addition: Google cookie. We have begun to use the Google analytics to track usage of the GtR Site in addition to our own backend web-log analysis. Google analytics drops a cookie on client machines.
– Fixed: A bug for older IOS and some android devices where the browser ACCEPT-HEADER on http requests was ”application\xml” first, which lead to rejection on the home page and XML output on other pages.
– Improvement: Changing the search term does not return you to the Project tab, but leaves you on the tab you were last looking at.
– Improvement: The Organisation details page now has paging and sorting added for the projects. Other improvements are in the pipeline.
– Improvement: Fellowships did not have a PI listed. We have now made the fellow also the PI on fellowships.
– Improvement: Funded Amount Facet now hides facets with no results.
– Improvement: We have removed some of the character encoding issues that saw unusual characters appearing in text fields.
– Improvement: On the publications search results and detail page many publications were listed as being “in Unknown”. We have reduced the number of publications that show this by recognising the publication types that should not have a parent publication (e.g. books). Some remain and these are being sorted over time as we get to grips with some data quality issues.
– Change: URLs have been changed to reflect the tab name (so person instead of Pers). The search URL has also been changed to “search/{resourcetype}?term=…”. The result of this change is that saved searches and details pages may no longer work. The change was to improve consistency in URLs and to provide the search capability within the APIs.

Data Refresh

• Data was pulled from source systems at the end of January. This fresh pull improved the quality of some data where we found issues in the mapping process (such as two copies of the same abstract being pushed together).
• We are aware that some data still has issues (such as missing abstracts). The GtR project has a policy of getting changes made in source systems where possible so that the issue is fixed for all uses, this unfortunately can take a considerable time.
• Next Data Refresh is scheduled for the end of April.

API Changes

• Improvement: The API’s can now have a search mechanism.
• Improvement: It is now possible to page through all projects, publications, organisations and people using the API (i.e. there is a listing API).
• URL Changes: For the GTRXML interface the resource names now match the tabs.
• API Documentation will be available by 07/03/2013

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