Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data
Illustration by John Hersey

Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data

with Tom Geller

Video: An organization with hyperlocal branches

Finally, we come to our fourth example of data reporting and visualization, the American Red Cross. I chose this one as something to aspire to. The other three examples are all possible based on the knowledge you get in this core. This one takes it a little bit further to a very good effect; you'll find it at redcrossblood.org. The first thing I'll do here is to enter my local zip code. Let's talk about the purpose of this site. It's to encourage and facilitate blood donations.
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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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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

An organization with hyperlocal branches

Finally, we come to our fourth example of data reporting and visualization, the American Red Cross. I chose this one as something to aspire to. The other three examples are all possible based on the knowledge you get in this core. This one takes it a little bit further to a very good effect; you'll find it at redcrossblood.org. The first thing I'll do here is to enter my local zip code. Let's talk about the purpose of this site. It's to encourage and facilitate blood donations.

This is a hyper local activity. I am more likely to donate blood if I can do so without going far out of my way. So I entered my ZIP code and I come to this hyper local page. It shows a calendar of upcoming blood drives near me. So I know that if I want to do it soon, because I'm going on vacation or after a certain date, I can see the ones that are coming up. I also see at the bottom a map which shows exactly the same information. Once again, we have one node serving many views. When I click down at the bottom for find More Blood Drives near 44074, I see yet another view, and this one shows a lot more information.

It shows Distance, as well as the Date and Time and so on, and it also has some nice little JavaScript here, so when I click See Map, it actually expands to show me that, and the same is true with Get Directions. This is the sort of thing for which you'll need some custom programming. You can hear how to do that in some of the courses about JavaScript and jQuery on lynda.com. You'll notice that this site actually remembered where I was, 44074, and then it looks within 25 miles. I can start a new search if I want with additional criteria.

This actually can be done within views by using something called Exposed Filters as you'll hear about later in the course. Let's go back to our front page and tell it to forget our location, so that we get that map back again. If we click that map, we go to a map of the entire country broken up into regions where the Red Cross is active. You'll notice as I move my mouse over them, it selects what the regions are, and then if I were to click through, it gives me more information about that region. I should mention, this isn't done in Drupal.

This integrates a Flash animation. So you can see that you can mix up your Drupal stuff with stuff that comes from other programs. Now you might be discouraged to learn that you'd need custom programming to do what you saw here. But that's one of the beauties of using an open-source platform like Drupal or for that matter Joomla! Or WordPress. They have highly accessible programming interfaces. So no matter what kind of data reporting and visualization you see online, they can handle it. Although you might have to go a little outside of the normal way of doing things to make it happen.

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