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SPOD 2.4 “Vega” platform is now here!

Posted: 6th July 2017 at 7:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Proud and happy to announce the new version 2.4 of the Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD). Our SPOD allows easy discussions, effective co-creation and smooth social interactions around Open Data.

Among the most relevant new features of “Vega” SPOD platform:

Major features

Now you can share SPOD content on social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter and Google+: SPOD allows to users to share any data visualization (i.e., datalets) on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

A “Share” button in each datalet will pop up a new window to pre-fill a tweet with a link of a SPOD datalet,  a post on Facebook  or Google plus  with a content embedded  a preview ofthe datalet.
  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Google +

(Dublin plenary meeting Feedback, May 25th 2017)

Agora and images: to each post in a discussion room,  it is possible to upload  an image

  • In a discussion room a new button allows uploading images

(Issy, Prato Feedback, GitHub Issue #280)

New Datalets and enhancements have been introduced:

  • Timeline enables anyone to build visually rich (e.g., images), interactive timelinesThe data items can take place on a single date, or have a start and end date (a range). You can freely move and zoom in the timeline. This visualization allows picking stories with a chronologic narrative, or an evolution of storytelling with pictures.
  • Media Slider: a catalogue of media (e.g. images ) with descriptions is available among the SPOD datalets

Cocreation data room: A lightweight, high performance web server proxy has been introduced to enhance performance, memory management and to resolve firewall problem (co-creation not working behind a company firewall that prevents ports besides 80 to be used).

Refactor Ethersheet server side to improve performance and stability

  • Search of a created data room
  • Refactoring of a new discussion room

Compatibility with Ortelio’s Ultraclarity engine: now it is possible to show data coming from a query to the Ortelio Ultraclarity engine.

UltraClarity is indexing the full text of 425 documents (PDF, DOC, etc) published in the following repository  (Prato Town Council (Italy):

UltraClarity is indexing the full text of 3,280 documents (PDF, DOC, etc) published in the following repositories  (Netherland ):

UltraClarity is indexing the full text of 1,463 documents (PDF, DOC, etc) published in the following repositories (Dublin):

(Ortelio Feedback, GitHub Issue #121)

 Stress/load test for Agora and Cocreation data room (GitHub Issue #245)

Fixed Issues

  • Agora
    • On the right side, in French, UI cuts string (Activer les notifications) (Issy Feedback, GitHub Issue #250)
    • Double click to open a room (Utrecht Feedback, Github #266)
  • Agora: Not clear how the “Sentiment” feature works

(Issy Feedback, GitHub Issue #251)

  • User graph in Agora with tooltip (GitHub Issue #263)
  • Controllet: coordinates in a single field reduce the amount of balloons available (GitHub Issue #262)

Known Bug

  • Cocreation Data: A problem arises when you want to include special characters such as the double quote marks (“) in the metadata. (GitHub #281)



SPOD 2.4 requires:

to clear the browser’cache ,  more details are available at  

How to clear browsing data in the cache:

Some screenshots of the main features in “Vega” (v.2.4) follow:

SPOD shares datalets on social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Google +). Sharing a posting with datalet  on social media, namely Facebook ,Twitter and Google+, respectively, clicking on the right side of each datalet on the social media button.

Share a post with datalet on Facebook

Share a datalet with your follower on Twitter

A datalet shared in Facebook

In Facebook, clicking on the SPOD post a new page explains details about the  owner of the  posting,  where the data visualization is in SPOD (e.g., in What’s new, in Agora)

SPOD Tour visualizes a second page, dragging to the right to discover features of SPOD platform

On the right side of page, a navigation is available among the pages. The following page displays interactive datalets.

Controllet and new datalets


Media Slider: a catalogue of photos with descriptions

Each datalet allows to enlarge the visualization of a dataset

Integrating SPOD with Ultraclarity

In the Controllet, “FROM extended search“  tab  (see 1 in the screenshot ) allows to search a dataset (see 3 in the screenshot) filling in the “search” field (see 2 in the screenshot)

Dublin repository (e.g, Search = “bike”)

Prato repository (e.g., Search = “Alberi”)

Dataplatform repository (e.g., Search = “Openbare Verlichting Dordrecht”)

Cocreation data room: a new discussion room

Agora: Uploading images

In each discussion room, the button below allows to upload photos


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