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We’ve run a couple of user group sessions over the last few weeks. Many thanks to those who attended in Amsterdam and Manchester. It was particularly helpful to hear how you are using the tool and what changes you would like. The DCC team met on Monday to process your feedback and have set the following priorities:
- Full text API (#2086)
You wanted an extension of the plans API to allow authorised admin users to pull out the full text of DMPs for their organisation. Sam has already developed this but it takes a long time to run in real-time so we are going to harvest the data overnight. This requires some changes to our infrastructure but we should be able to release the API later this month.
- Reviewer admin permission (#2087)
It seems that many of you have multiple reviewers of plans and would like this to be a separate role that can be assigned by the org admin. We’re in the process of adding this, and will adjust our contract so you’re not paying more for multiple plan reviewers.
- Adding a field for School / Division / Department (#2088)
We plan to add one field to the edit profile page for which you can name and define a controlled value list. This will allow you to identify the sub-unit affiliation of your users. In time we could extend the functionality to allow you to pull stats on this (e.g. plans by school) and to allow customisations to be done by sub-unit level. Currently it is only the guidance that works in their vein.
- Conditional questions (#1772)
This is a bigger piece of feature development, which we have scheduled for the summer months. It was top priority for you so we will add it first.
- Custom section on funder templates (#2072)
Many of you have the same custom section on funder templates and want to create it once and apply across all / a selection. This will be provided as a new feature in Summer 2019.
- Plan versioning
Again, this is a bigger piece of feature development, which we have scheduled for the summer months.
There were a number of smaller items raised during discussion too. These have been added as tickets (see the ‘user group’) label and will be addressed during the coming few sprints.
- bug fixes for guidance / comment display when text runs outside the box
- adjustments to comment notification so users don’t receive multiple emails when you provide feedback
- display of themed guidance in ‘customise template’ preview
- table-styling fixes
- plans by template statistics
You can see these on the test site now and in live deployment soon.
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