dashboard

A Confluence dashboard-like page layout using section-, column- and panel-macros

Every wiki landing page usually features a kind of overview layout to provide links to the most interesting topics or articles. This might constitute a classic table of contents, quite lengthy at times, a tag cloud of the hottest keywords (and relations, maybe), for iterative exploration, or, if you like, a dashboard of context grouped / block visualized widgets of important articles. Whatever you prefer, me, I almost always take on the dashboard approach, because it provides a great productivity in information to space ratio. Furthermore, dashboards also greatly serve the figurative memory in that one can plainly remember some article link resides in a widget up in the upper right corner of the page or yet within another widget with an outstanding background color.

However, I’m not planning to advertise dashboard / widget user interfaces here. What is to follow comprises an implementation pattern and example of setting up a simple dashboard layout in recent Confluence environments. All you need is to employ section-, column- and panel-macros in that order and hierarchy, respectively. For reference see the latest Confluence docs concerning:

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SENSE – Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment

The second research project (alongside Topic/S) that i’ve been heading since January 2012, namely SENSE – Intelligent Storage and Exploration of large Document Sets evenly denotes its first accepted scientific paper at the ICWE’13 – 13th International Conference on WebEngineering – 5th International Workshop on Lightweight Integration on the Web to be held July 8-12, 2013, in Aalborg, Denmark. The paper is entitled “Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment” and summarizes the work in progress of just the user interface part or layer of the the ongoing research project. This is the preliminary reference:

Wehner, P. and Krüger, R.: Semantic-guided Communication & Composition in a Widget/Dashboard Environment.Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Lightweight Integration on the Web (ComposableWeb), 13th International Conference on WebEngineering (ICWE’13), Aalborg, Germany, Springer, 2013

Paper / Slides

Do note that the SENSE project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education
and Research (bmbf) under grant No. 01IS11025A and constitutes a part of “KMUInnovativ: IKT” initiative.

Have fun. P