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Data Home Configuration

Overview

Every LiveStories team account can be set up as a data home. A data home is a website, usually intended to be public, that contains searchable data that the account owner has made available.  These data can be in datasets, dashboards, or stories. Note that none of these things will be visible on the data home unless they are individually published.  This gives account owners great control over what they present to the public.

Step 1.  Indicate to the LiveStories support that you would like the Data Home feature turned on. This takes only a few minutes.

Step 2.  Configure your data home.  You can customize the look of it on the Data Home page, which you get to from your team page.

  

 

Step 3.  Your data home page will look like the image below. 

 

Description of Data Home Settings

 

Data Home URL: This is set at LiveStories. If you have the Custom Branding package, you can chose a URL that fits with your existing website, and we will work with your IT staff to configure the URL. 
To access the public side of your data home, you will use this URL.


Data Home Title:  This is the test that appears at the top of your page.  You can type this in.

Description: Here you can describe what topics your data home will cover, and a bit about your organization, the publisher.

Tagline:  Here you can enter a short, catchy slogan to present your data home to the world.

Contact Email: brings up a G-mail sign up interface, where you can enter an e-mail address to connect to your data home, so users can leave comments or ask questions.

Search Prompt: Here you can enter instructional text that appears on top of your search box.

About: Here you can describe your organization, and any other information you might want your users to know.

Upload Logo:  Here you can upload an image file for a logo that will appear in the upper left corner of your data home page.

Upload Favicon: Here you can upload the tiny icon that appears in front of the URL and on the tab of your browser. These can be created on the web, as sites such as this: http://www.favicon.cc/.

Upload Banner: Here you can upload an image to use as a banner at the top of your data home.

Upload About Image: Here you can upload an image that will lead to your About statement.

Theme Color:  Choose from six different color themes for your data page.  You can change it whenever you like. Be sure to save when finished.

 

 

Topics

The Topics box allows you to set areas of your data home that you can link dashboards, datasets, and stories to.  By selecting Add New Topic, a new topic button will be created.  This button will help your readers select for stories, dashboards, and datasets that you like under that topic.

 

Once you create a topic, use the drop down tabs in the topic edit box to select items that you would like to appear under that topic:  You can choose stories, dashboards, and datasets. (If an item isn’t published, it won’t be seen on your data home.  A red warning note will appear next to the item in the topic box.)  To select multiple items in the same category, hold down the CTRL button on your keyboard. 

For your readers to be able to get to the datasets behind the stories and dashboards, move the “show associated datasets” button over to the right.  Again, only data public data sets will be seen. (Public data sets have the little globe icon toggled on.)

 

Publishing Review

 

To publish a story, use the eye icon that pops up with the story action button.  To publish a dashboard, use the Publish button in the upper right corner of the open dashboard.  For both items, you have the publishing choices described below.  (Don’t use the “Secure” option for a data home item.)

Publish will assign your story a web URL that will be visible to anyone with the link. There are three levels of publishing security:

Public: Publish and list on Google.

Private: Publish but hide from search engines. Only people who have the link will be able to see the story.

Secure: Assign a 4-6 digit pass code so that only people with the URL and the passcode will be able to see the story.

To publish a dataset, toggle between the lock and the globe icon on each dataset line. In the graphic below, the top dataset private, while the bottom one is published.

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