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Classifying content in bulk

The classification, tagging and metadata management of large content repositories should not be a chore

As Eckersley O'Callaghan added more and more content to their intranet, they found keeping it all classified, tagged and linked together was becoming a majorly time-consuming task. Our bulk editing interface made it easy for them.

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An interface for bulk classification, tagging and linking

One of the main strengths of the intranet we have built for engineering firm Eckersley O'Callaghan is the ability to tag, classify, and link content items to each other. This helps with the filtering and clustering of similar content, and allows quick linking to related pages.

A well-tagged and classified project record

For instance, when you're looking at a particular project record, you can see the staff who worked on it, the companies who collaborated on it, news articles about it, as well as the services provided, its market sector, and location. When you've found a standard detail you want to use in your project, you can see which projects it has been used on before, which staff have used it, and read about it on the relevant wiki page.

Adding a tag (text autocompletion) in the bulk administration interface

This really powerful functionality depends on the content being classified, tagged and linked to other relevant pages on the system. While individual pages can be edited one-by-one and the relevant metadata and linkages added, this was proving to be a lengthy and cumbersome process. We needed a quick and easy way to manage this metadata in bulk.

Our bulk administration interface displays a spreadsheet-style grid where the rows represent content items and the columns the different metadata and linkages. For instance, a project manager can quickly filter the list to see only their own projects, and then quickly assign tags, classification terms, and link staff and companies.

We're always working with our clients to find better ways of achieving their aims, saving them time, and making their lives easier.

Adding a classification term (dropdown) in the bulk administration interface

Tag autocompletion eliminates the problem of mis-spelling tags, and classification terms are be selected from dropdowns. Classifications can also be star-rated, a well-used feature in when assigning skills and competencies to staff profiles. What was once a chore is now quick and easy, and improves the system for everyone as data is better classified and linked together.

If you can think of some data that would benefit from a bulk editing interface like this one, why not get in touch to see if we can help?


If you would like to find out more about bulk administration and other bespoke developments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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