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Announcing collections, and more improvements to koordinates.com

It’s now much easier to search and appraise data.

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It’s been a busy month at Koordinates. First, we improved the process of exporting data; then we updated our navigation & notifications. Today, we’re releasing the most significant improvements we’ve made to the user experience so far. As always, these improvements are based on our design research and feedback we’ve received from people using the platform.

Search & Browse

The first thing most people do on koordinates.com is search and browse for data. As you browse, you’ll notice that we’ve changed how we list data on the platform. We’ve moved to a grid of ‘cards’ that makes it easier to quickly appraise each individual dataset. In this new view, you’ll be able to filter data by location, source and data type, and refine your results using the search bar in the top navigation. From each card, you can select: the thumbnail or title to view the details page; the publisher link to see more from that source; and ‘add to collection’ to appraise multiple layers together.

One of the reasons we’ve made these changes is to make it easier to use koordinates.com across all devices. The ‘cards’, along with the other improvements to searching and browsing data, now resize depending on your screen size or device—which means you can now search, find and appraise data wherever you are.

Collections

We’ve also changed how the old ‘cart’—which we’ve renamed ‘collection’—interacts with the map. Previously, the map was always there, whether you were looking at non spatial data or spatial data. This meant that search and browse was pushed to the side of the screen on a desktop, and wasn’t optimised for mobile devices. This limited the number of results you could appraise at any one time; it also required a user to ‘add’ a layer to the map before they could view it. To solve this, we’ve made sure that a smaller map appears after you add data to your collection, which can be expanded to full-screen.

Your collection now occupies a side panel to the right of your search results on desktop, and can be viewed on a mobile device by tapping ‘collection’ right at the top of the page. For now, your collection is relatively similar to the old cart. As before, all spatial data layers you add to your collection will be automatically added to the map, and you can still export all the data in your collection in one go. However, as the name suggests, we’re looking at making it possible to add and save multiple collections, which will make it easier to keep track of data you’ve used for different projects.

Publishing Data

During the design process, many of our users told us that they relied on our platform for authoritative, up-to-date data. For this reason, we’ve decided to temporarily turn off the ability for users to publish new data on koordinates.com. We are currently developing better ways for users to publish data privately on the platform, and will be reintroducing the ability to share private data shortly. And, as always, we still offer a range of plans for authoritative sources that wish to publish data to the platform. If you are interested in officially publishing data on the platform, get in touch.

Note that these changes only apply to koordinates.com, and do not affect publishers sites on the Koordinates platform.

Datasets

When you click the title or thumbnail for an individual dataset, it will take you to a page and now automatically add it to the map for appraisal, which means you no longer need to click ‘+’ every time you want to view data. Otherwise, the design for an individual dataset is unchanged (for now). The ‘plus’ button still adds data to your collection, where it can be appraised alongside other layers, cropped, and exported in your choice of format and projection. Note, also, that while most of koordinates.com is now responsive—meaning that it works on phones, tablets, computers and other devices—the design for an individual dataset doesn’t quite work on a phone yet, but will in the coming weeks.

The team have put in some very long hours and many months of work to get to this point. We’re very excited to see more people use these updates to koordinates.com and make the most of the amazing data available on the platform. There’s still more to come, and we'll continue to iterate these new designs, and release updates in the coming weeks so we’d love to know what you think. Let us know on Twitter or get in touch via our contact page.