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A national organization


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Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data

with Tom Geller

Video: A national organization

Now I'd like to show you another example of data visualization, the National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada or NCRA. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations like this one using Drupal, from Greenpeace, to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, to the World Food Program. But I chose this one specifically, because it's comparatively small and it uses data visualization in ways that are typical of a small organization. It also has one really eye-popping use, which we'll get to at the end. But to start, let's take a look at the links in the left sidebar.
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  1. 13m 51s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. What you need to know
      4m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      8m 11s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. A yoga studio
      3m 18s
    2. A national organization
      2m 51s
    3. An entertainment company
      4m 3s
    4. An organization with hyperlocal branches
      2m 46s
  3. 40m 43s
    1. Planning your site's data structure
      3m 31s
    2. Creating record templates
      5m 40s
    3. Understanding Drupal 7's data-template model (entities)
      4m 27s
    4. Creating categories using two methods
      6m 14s
    5. Creating unusual field types
      6m 38s
    6. Reusing and grouping fields
      6m 25s
    7. Looking at Drupal's database
      3m 50s
    8. Migrating custom fields from Drupal 6
      3m 58s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Connecting two fields using references
      5m 36s
    2. Importing data using Feeds
      8m 48s
    3. Changing the appearances of fields
      6m 23s
  5. 53m 11s
    1. Understanding why views are useful
      5m 1s
    2. Learning from built-in views
      5m 52s
    3. Creating and deleting a simple view
      5m 42s
    4. Diving into the Views interface
      8m 43s
    5. Surveying field types
      6m 16s
    6. Adjusting the settings of individual fields
      5m 31s
    7. Sorting and filtering data
      8m 11s
    8. Changing Views' administrative options
      7m 55s
  6. 33m 33s
    1. Varying how a view appears in different displays
      10m 10s
    2. Formatting views with grid, list, table, and jump menu appearances
      6m 43s
    3. Rewriting field output for interesting results
      4m 21s
    4. Creating multipart views using attachments
      6m 8s
    5. Styling the output of views
      6m 11s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Importing and exporting views
      6m 21s
    2. Controlling access to data
      6m 44s
    3. Adding dynamic filters to views
      5m 41s
    4. Extending views with relationships
      6m 24s
    5. Improving data administration with Views Bulk Operations
      8m 46s
  8. 29m 43s
    1. Understanding locational data
      4m 43s
    2. Setting up the Location module
      9m 42s
    3. Displaying basic maps with the GMap module
      8m 37s
    4. Displaying custom maps
      6m 41s
  9. 23m 50s
    1. Exporting data in simple text form
      7m 4s
    2. Adding dates and calendars
      8m 32s
    3. Displaying content in a slideshow
      8m 14s
  10. 1m 20s
    1. Next steps
      1m 20s

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Watch the Online Video Course Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data
4h 24m Intermediate Nov 17, 2011

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In this course, author Tom Geller demonstrates how to use the Views module and other add-ons in Drupal to present dynamic, data-rich content. This course examines several real-world examples of effective data visualization and describes the Drupal data-storage model. The course also shows how to create, format, and style views; control access to data; improve data administration with Views Bulk Operations; and display content as custom maps and slide shows.

Topics include:
  • Planning the data structure of a site
  • Creating record templates with custom field types
  • Connecting fields using references
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Varying how a view appears in different displays
  • Formatting views with grid, list, table, and jump
  • Creating multi-part views using attachments
  • Importing and exporting views
  • Extending views with relationships
  • Understanding and using location data
  • Exporting data
Subjects:
Developer Web
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Tom Geller

A national organization

Now I'd like to show you another example of data visualization, the National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada or NCRA. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations like this one using Drupal, from Greenpeace, to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, to the World Food Program. But I chose this one specifically, because it's comparatively small and it uses data visualization in ways that are typical of a small organization. It also has one really eye-popping use, which we'll get to at the end. But to start, let's take a look at the links in the left sidebar.

For example, the Member Directory, this is a perfect example of when you would use data visualization. Each one of these items, AMARC, AMI and so on, is a collection of fields. It's obvious that there's a name which is linked of course that's probably the title of the node then the spelled-out name that might be another field, the address, phone, and so on. There is also a little graphic here. If we clicked through the title to any of the full nodes, we get a little bit more information, but it's basically the same thing.

In fact, they reuse this graphic in a different size. That's done automatically in Drupal, and we'll show you how. Let's go on to another example. Over here Our Funders, this is very similar, but as you can see it's not quite as complex it doesn't have as much information. It's just the title, a graphic, a link and then some body text. But again, it's essentially the same as our earlier example. Here is one more I'd like to show you. If we scroll down to this Job Board and click on it, we see active jobs but we also see an Archive of old job listings.

Each one of these has a closing date which is interesting, because it points out a possibility using Drupal. The list of active jobs might only be those things that have a closing date in the future. You can set up Drupal so that it only shows you things based on date, very handy. It means that nobody actually has to go in and remove any of these jobs; they simply disappear after the closing date is passed. Finally, I want to show you that eye- popping example by going to our front page and showing you this map. It's not just a graphic. These pins are actually data driven pieces of information from within Drupal, as you see, when you hover over it, it gives us a little bit of information and if we click any of the pins, we get all of the information about this particular station.

Here is something curious though. If we go over to the Member Directory, we get exactly the same information, but in a different form. So as you can see, you only have to set up the data once, then it can be presented in multiple ways from there on. This site I think collects the information well and makes it easy to access. But it does miss a few opportunities with data display. The next site we'll look at goes much further, even though the information itself is no more complex than the stuff you saw here.

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