SEAS Collection Viewer/Editor

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Introduction: About Getting Started How To
Topics: Concepts Template Style Guide Frequently Asked Questions
Viewers: Manager Publication Information Situation Information
Multi. Arg. Uni. Arg. Derivative Question Uni. Arg. Primitive Question
Multi. Tmp. Uni. Tmp. Derivative Question Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question
Table Viewer Summary Viewer Memos
Collection Manager Collection Viewers Merging Tool
Glossary: Buttons Symbols Terms

Collection Manager

TIP: Click on the buttons and symbols in the images to view the corresponding glossary entries.

Here the Collection Manager depicts a miscellaneous collection (i.e., Examples for SEAS). If symbol(s) appears in the upper right corner they depict aspects of the associated situation descriptor. The Unpublished symbol (top right) indicates that this collection is unpublished. The absence of a "READ ONLY" symbol indicates that the current user can modify this collection and the absence of a Collaboration Warning symbol indicates that no coauthors are simultaneously accessing this collection (see Publishing).

Buttons

The buttons at the far left on the toolbar, switch between different views of the contents of the collection. The first two buttons correspond to the Manager and Graphical views. [High SEAS Only: The next two buttons correspond to the Comparison and Film views. ] The example above shows the contents as seen in the Manager. Go to Collection Viewers to see how the other viewers depict the contents of collections. The buttons centered on the toolbar are used to print this display or to close it. The first button at the right end of the toolbar invokes any auto-populating discovery tools associated with this collection, other than those that are items in the collection (see Using Discovery Tools for details). The remaining buttons at the right end of the toolbar bring up the Memo Manager, the Publication Information Viewer/Editor, the Situation Description Viewer/Editor, the SEAS Object Manager, and this Help system, respectively, moving from left to right.

Auxiliary Toolbar

Immediately below the buttons on the left is a small rightward pointing triangle with "Auxiliary Toolbar" adjacent to it. When clicked, this reveals an auxiliary toolbar like one of those below. A similar triangle, pointing downward, reconceals this toolbar when clicked.

The first three buttons at the left in this toolbar perform the same operations as those in the SEAS Object Manager, only on the collection that is the focus of this viewer/editor. The export button brings up the following dialog. Pushing the save button, after having selected the type of file the export is to be Saved As, performs the export (see Exporting and Importing for details on the different types of exports); pushing cancel before save exits the dialog without performing an export.

[High SEAS Only: A version button will be present if the collection type is Sequential or Versioning and the collection includes an item. Pushing the version button will result in a dialog similar to the following. After having specified the Previous Item Name, whether or not the item should be published, and whether or not this collection should be placed in your home collection, pushing the new button will add a copy of the item as a new item to the collection and, if so indicated, publish that copy and add that collection to your home collection (if not already there). Pushing the cancel button before the new button will exit without creating a copy. See Using Collections for a detailed explanation of versioning and sequencing collections. ]

[High SEAS Only: A join button will be present if the collection type is alternatives (see below) and its items are all arguments sharing a common template. Pushing this button will bring up the following dialog to initiate a joining of the arguments in this collection (see Joining Arguments). The Arguments to Join are listed toward the bottom of the dialog; pushing the Inspect button to the left of one of these arguments (the button with a magnifying glass on it) will cause the associated argument to be opened in a viewer/editor. After selecting a Fusion Method, adjusting the weights associated with each argument (if the fusion method selected is a weighted fusion method), and choosing to Delete Current Best argument or not (see below), pressing the ok button will remove the argument currently designated best from the collection, create a new joint argument, add it to the collection, designate it best, and delete the argument previously designated best, if so specified. Pushing cancel before ok exits the dialog without performing a join or modifying the collection or its items in any way.

While still in the dialog above, if a weighted fusion method is selected, then weighting symbols will appear adjacent to each listed argument. Clicking on these weighting symbols will bring up the following dialog where the weight associated with an argument can be changed. The weight is proportional to the blue area of the chosen circle. A filled circle represents full impact while an empty circle represents no impact. ]

[High SEAS Only: A fill button will be present if the collection type is alternatives (see below). Pushing this button will bring up the following dialog to initiate filling this collection with arguments. First use the discovery button to find a template or argument. Pushing the ok button will then cause an argument to be created for each member of the collection's audience, with that member being the author. These arguments will be either based on the chosen template or copied form the chosen argument. If the Add to Home Collections? option was chosen, then each argument will be added to the home collection of its author. This overall capability is meant to make it easier to establish arguments for independent assessments, by a group of individuals, that can then be joined (using join facility above) into a common argument that summaries their collective assessments. ]

[High SEAS Only: Clicking on the button at the right will bring up the Information window (see below) that provides additional information about this collection. In particular, it will display the collections that are supported by this collection i.e., collections for which this collection is an item. Clicking on an Inspect button adjacent to a supported collection will open that collection. The close button dismisses the Information window and the Help button, on the far right, invokes this Help system. ]

Collection Type

Immediately below the button toolbar, the Collection Type is displayed. Unless the user is limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), then the type of the collection can be chosen by selecting from the adjacent pull down menu. The type of a collection determines the relationship among its items. In a Miscellaneous collection, there is no relationship among the items other than their membership in the collection; [High SEAS Only: they can be Sorted By the criterion selected from a pull down menu. ] For a more detailed discussion about the types of collections and their intended use, see Using Collections.

Memos

If visible memos are attached to this collection, viewable by the current user, they will appear immediately below the toolbar, either in the form of a short synopsis (as shown below) or in its full form. Positioning the cursor over the subject of a memo will cause its contents to be displayed in a pop-up; clicking on the subject will open that memo in the Memo Viewer/Editor. For more about managing memos, see Memo.

Manipulating Items in the Collection

When the collection is viewed in the manager, the objects in the collection are listed hierarchically in the lower portion of the display. Within this hierarchy, multi-dimensional arguments/templates have their uni-dimensional components as children; uni-dimensional arguments have their evidence, exhibits, and discovery tools as children; uni-dimensional templates have their discovery tools as children; collections have their contents as children. Items that have other items below them in the hierarchy that are not currently visible, have a + button adjacent to them; clicking on the + button will reveal the items that are immediately below this item in the hierarchy and will change the + to a - button; clicking on a - button causes the item displayed below the associated items to be hidden and causes the - button to be replaced with a + button.

By clicking on the name or adjacent icon of an argument, template, collection, exhibit, evidence, discovery tool, or memo, that object will be opened in the preferred Viewer/Editor; in the case of exhibits and evidence, clicking on the icons will open them but clicking on their name will open the underlying document on which they are based (if available).

Every item in the collection includes an icon and that icon can have a signal flag and/or memo overlaid on it. In the case of collections, a flag/memo is shown if any of its member objects have a flag/memo displayed. This carries down through collections in collections in collections … Signal flags are always displayed; memos are only displayed if they are visible and this is (partially) determined by the current Viewer Parameters.

Pushing the Viewer Parameters button (below the viewer selection buttons and below the auxiliary toolbar, if present), brings up the following dialog. The Types parameters for Memos determines which types of memos are visible. The All and None options are shortcuts for selecting and deselecting all of the elements for the associated parameter. The Content parameter causes either the Full memos to be included or a shorter and more compact Synopsis to be included within displays that include the objects to which the memos are attached.

Unless the user is limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), symbols for manipulating the items in the collection will appear adjacent to the count of Collection Items. Clicking on the New Collection In symbol (the one with an arrow pointing into a box with "NEW" at the base of the arrow) will bring up the New SEAS Object window (see below). Here the user selects the type of object to create followed by pressing the new button which will invoke a dialog where the user specifies the object to be created. These dialogs are the same dialogs used to create these objects elsewhere in SEAS: for Discovery Tool see Uni. Tmp. Primitive Question, for Exhibit see Uni. Arg. Primitive Question, for Memo see Memos, and for everything else see Manager. When this dialog is completed, the object will be created and added as an item to the collection. Pushing the cancel button, instead of the new button, will return the user to the Collection Viewer/Editor without adding a new object.

Clicking on the Collection In symbol (the one with an arrow pointing into a box) will bring up the object Browsing Window (see below). In this browser, the user hierarchically searches for an object to add to the collection; clicking on an object will add it to the collection; clicking on the Close button will return the user to the Collection Viewer/Editor without adding a new object. Clicking on the Collection Move In symbol (the one with an arrow point from one box to another) will bring up the object Browsing Window. In this browser the user hierarchically searches first for a collection from which to move an object, then selects an object from that collection to move into the current collection. After so doing, the selected object will be in the current collection and not in the one from which it was selected.

Clicking on the Collection Out symbol (the one with an arrow pointing out of a box) followed by clicking on an item in the collection will remove that item from the collection; clicking on the Collection Out symbol a second time before clicking on an item cancels the removal operation.

If the type of collection is Sequential or Versioning, then the Collection Reorder symbol (the one with an arrow pointing out and back into the same box) will also appear (see below). Both sequential and versioning collections maintain a linear order over their items. Clicking on the Collection Reorder symbol followed by two items in the collection will move the first item after the second in the collection; clicking on the Collection Reorder symbol a second time before clicking on two items cancels the reordering operation.

If the type of collection is Versioning, then three roles appear just above the collection items: Next, Current, and Previous. These roles are filled by items from the collection. The Current item replaces the Previous item and will be replaced by the Next item. Adjacent to each role are two buttons: pushing the Discovery button, the one on the left, followed by clicking on an item in the collection fills that role with that item; pushing that button a second time before clicking on an item cancels the role filling operation; clicking on the Trash button, the one on the right, removes any item filling the corresponding role.

It the type of collection is Alternatives, then a single role appears just above the collection items, Best. The item from the collection designated Best is the one that has been judged to be the superior of the alternative items found in the collection. Adjacent to Best are two buttons: pushing the Discovery button, the one on the left, followed by clicking on an item in the collection fills that role with that item; pushing that button a second time before clicking on an item cancels the role filling operation; clicking on the Trash button, the one on the right, removes the item filling that role.

Discovery Tools

The final portion of the display might include a list of Discovery Tools. If visible memos are attached to discovery tools, viewable by the current user, they will appear immediately below their citations. Each Discovery Tool represents a recommended means of acquiring objects to include in this collection. Discovery Tools can include ones that issue queries to search engines, create SEAS arguments, or invoke other analytic tools, among possible others. The Inspect button that appears before each tool will activate the associated discovery tool. Pressing the memo button will invoke the Memo Manager on the memos attached to this discovery tool. Unless the user is limited to "READ ONLY" access (see Publishing), an Edit and a Trash button appear after each Inspect button. Pushing the Trash button eliminates the associated discovery tool. The Edit button invokes the Discovery Tool editor; clicking on the Discovery Toolbox invokes the similar New Discovery Tool Editor (see below). Here the user sees or selects the Type of discovery tool they wish to edit or create (one based upon a URL, SEAS Template, Reuse of a discovery tool previously entered, or one that creates multiple Exhibits from a URL), enters or edits the Citation text string that describes the tool in the case of a URL or SEAS Template, and enters a URL, SEAS Argument, or Exhibit, respectively, utilizing the associated Discovery button to invoke an appropriate browser to locate the object. Modification are saved by pressing the ok button; pressing the new button will save any modifications and clear this form for entry of another discovery tool; pressing the cancel button will dismiss it. See Using Discovery Tools for more details on different types of discovery tools.


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