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  • 1. Download and Visualise Datasets A guide to downloading datasets and using visualisation widgets V 0.3

2. Logging in to the IBM Mashup Center

  • Go to the web address
  • In the User ID field type your assigned username, and in the Password field type your assigned password. Then click on the Log In button. (If you need a username and password please contact the project team at[email_address] ).
  • This will take you to the home page of the IBM Mashup Center

3. Create a New Page

  • From the home page select the tab which most closely resembles the type of visualisation you want to create; Geographical (e.g mapped data), Charting (e.g graphs), or Data (e.g lists).
  • Each of these sibling tabs may have a number of existing child tabs which hold visualisations that have already been created.
  • To create a new page to hold your visualisation, click on the drop down Actions tab and select New Child Page, or use the Click here to create a child page link if available .
  • Next give your new page a name that reflects the data sets that you intend to display in the visualisation (e.g My local schools). Your My local schools page should automatically appear.

4. Finding the data you want

  • Once you have logged and created your new page, you will need to find the data you want to use from the Open Catalog.
  • To do this click on the drop down Actions tab, and select Open Catalog in a dialog box or Open Catalog as a New Page.
  • You will now see a list of all existing data sets that can be sorted by Title, Rating, Author or Date.

5. Using the Catalogue to select data

  • Find your data sets by typing keywords into the search box, using the Browse by options, or by sorting the catalogue and scrolling through.
  • When you have found the data you want to download, place the cursor over it so it will turn yellow. Make a note of the name of the data set for later.
  • Next click on the Add to drop down key and select Mashup Builder.

6. Add to Mashup Builder

  • This will take you to a new page called Add to Mashup Builder.
  • If you are happy with this dataset click Finish.
  • A page should appear confirming the dataset has been added to the Mashup Builder. Close this page and return to your My local schools page.

7. Refresh & Edit your page

  • 1.Click the refresh button to refresh the page.
  • 2.Click on the drop down Actions tab and select Edit Page.

8. Open the dataset on your page

  • To add the dataset to your page, click the Customize tab.
  • Next click on the Feeds link.
  • In the search box, type the name of the dataset you downloaded from the Catalog and click on the submit search icon.

9. Open the dataset on your page

  • 4. When you find your required data set, click on the Add to Page icon.
  • 5. An Add to Page message will appear. Click Add.
  • 6. Select Data Viewer and click add
  • 7. Your dataset will appear on your page.

10. Using the visualisation tools on your page

  • To visualise your data, you will need to use one of the many widgets available. There are many combinations but an example should show the process for building a mashup.
  • For the example of using an Ordnance Survey map widget; click on the Components link and type OS map into the search engine.
  • When you find it, click on the Add to Page icon.
  • The OS map widget will be appear on your page.

11. Wire your dataset and widget together

  • To link your dataset to the OS Map tool, click on the dataset and then click on the Display menu icon on the top right hand corner of the dataset.
  • Next click on Edit wiring
  • This will open up a new Wiring box. Click on the Send tab which has the name of the dataset highlighted in green.

12. Wire your dataset and widget together

  • 4.A list of the content options will appear. Click on the content you want. Tick the box which has the location data in your dataset (i.e. postcode/lat/long)
  • 5.Next it will ask you which widget/tool you want your dataset to link to. Click on OS Map and the Map tool will turn pink.
  • 6.Finally tick the Postcode box and click Done.

13. Test and Save

  • Your mashup should now be complete.
  • Test it by clicking on one of the fields in the dataset to see if it has worked.
  • Finally click the Save icon on the top right hand side of your page for you to save this mashup.
  • Remember that the visualisations you create will be viewed by the public, so try to make them easily readable and unambiguous.
  • For any problems or issues that may arise, there is an escalation process you will have been sent, which can also be found athttp:// /