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September 9th, 2018

Upload photos from your event, new VR data type and more...

Tracking Virtual Reality

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Image source: Engadget (https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/05/animal-equality-vr)

Virtual Reality views have now been added to the growing list of metrics that help you measure your outreach. With this new data type, managers can create result types that track Virtual Reality views specifically. To use it, simply go to your organization page, select 'Manage result types' and create a new result type or add 'VR views' to an existing one.

Upload your event photos

Now organizers can share their successes with pictures from their outreach events. With this release, photos are shared on the event page. To add photos to your event, simply edit it, and click on 'Photos' in the right side. Future updates will allow for videos as well as sharing across the organization pages.

Other features in this release

  • Third-party content is added a day after an event has ended to increase accuracy.
  • Third-party content is now reset if the event changes address or date.
  • Result types now explain if they cannot be deleted.
  • Charts now include 'weekly', 'quarterly' and 'monthly' options when visualizing.
  • Improved event maps that allow zooming, moving, etc. instead of being a static image.

August 26th, 2018

Finer grained exports, improved filters and more...

Exporting only what you want

Every event on the Active for Animals website contains a lot of data. Now you can select just the data you want to export, making it easier to extract the knowledge relevant to your campaign analysis. Simply go to the export page, create a new export and select the data you need.

Support for result types in filters

As requested, filters now support result types. This means that you can make even finer slices of your events, filtering on result types such as leafleting or any of your custom created result types. As usual, filters can be used to export or visualize data.

Other features in this release

  • Create events from the 'My events' page.
  • Added sources to third-party content.

August 12th, 2018

New third-party content: GDELT integration.

What's the pulse of your city?

GDELT
The GDELT project

Introducing 'City Pulse', a measure of the mood and stability of the places where you do your outreach. GDELT (Global Database of Events, Language and Tone) is a database that analyzes online news articles to extract tone and political stability of a certain area and point in time. Using this information, Active for Animals can help you understand your successes and failures by giving you insight into the current 'pulse' of the city you are working in. It works by asking the GDELT database for the average Goldenstein scale and average tone of articles (positive/negative) within a one-week window of time, and inside a 5 km range of your event.

This is the first step towards a fuller understanding of the activity within your city. It may for example explain mood and receptiveness of the people you are trying to reach and give insight into why some places experience increased foot traffic while others don't.

Future expansion of the 'city pulse' are planned to include awareness of large events and happenings within your city - yet another aid in your understanding of what makes your campaign a success.


June 29th, 2018

New metric for e-mail addresses collected, initial map support, descriptive result fields and more.

Tracking e-mail addresses

The latest metric added to the website allows organizers to track the number of e-mail addresses collected at an event. To include this in your result types, simply navigate to your organization page, click 'Manage Results' and edit the result type you want to track e-mail addresses.

Initial map support

On the group overview page of your organization you can now see a map of all the groups that have an address. This gives you a quick way to navigate across your organization and marks the first step towards data visualization using maps and heat maps. To use the group overview map, go to your group page and add an address. It will then appear in the map on the group overview page.

Other features in this release

  • Managers can now delete events permanently. To delete an event, go to the event page and click 'Permanently delete this event'.
  • Results now have descriptions to them in the event form, making it easier for organizers to understand the scope of a specific metric. For example, it is now explicitly stated that the leaflets result measures the 'take-rate' or 'number of leaflets accepted'.

June 15th, 2018

Better workflow when adding results, new field for adding links to external event pages and more.

Linking to an external event page

It is now possible to link directly to your Facebook event page, Google Calendar event or any other planning website where your event is also hosted. To add a link to your external event page, simply navigate to the event, click 'Edit this page' and fill out the Link field on the right-hand side.

Jump directly to your group on log-in

To help users quickly get to their organization or group, the website now redirects you to the group you organize or the organization you manage. This gives you quick access to the pages that are relevant for you, and decreases time spent navigating.

Other features in this release

  • Added 'My events' page that gives a quick overview of the events you have created.
  • When adding results, your browser will automatically scroll up when the result form closes.
  • Third-party data of an event is now visible for organizers and managers of the group. Simply go to the event page to see what third-party data exists.
  • Results are now visible on the event page for organizers and managers of the group. Simply go to the event page to see results.
  • A new summary explaining the result and data model has been added to the Guide section, under the 'What does the website do' subsection.
  • Maintenance and various technical upgrades.

June 8th, 2018

Export group events, filter on multiple event templates and more.

Export group events

Now organizers can export their own events by going to the 'Manage exports' on the group page. This allows each organizer to keep an overview of all their events data and use it with spreadsheet and statistical software.

Filter by multiple event templates

Recently, managers were introduced to the Filter tool - used for creating sets of events that match whatever criteria the manager finds relevant. Now the tool supports filtering by one or more event templates at the same time. This allows managers to visualize and export events that matches any of their multiple event templates.

Other features in this release

  • Added missing link to results on the group page
  • Fixed the event and group pager on organization and group pages.
  • Added first version of privacy policy and terms of service to the website.
  • Minor bugfixes

June 1st, 2018

Repeating events.

Repeating events

Organizers can now repeat existing events, making it easy to create repeating events every weekday, week, month or year. To try it out, simply navigate to an upcoming event you want to repeat and click on 'Repeat this event' in the 'Operations' links on the right.

Other features in this release

  • Minor bugfixes

May 6th, 2018

Group result charts, event template filtering, better event overviews and various fixes.

Group result charts

With this new feature, organizers can keep up with their own progression using the built-in chart tool, by going to their group page and clicking 'View results'. As usual, managers can view all results across the organization by going to the organization page and clicking 'View results'.

Filter by event template

For organizations that use event templates to create events, you can now filter your data by those event templates. This gives you even finer grained control when exporting and visualizing your data.

Other features in this release

  • Event overviews now show latest events
  • An event overview page has been added to organizations
  • Number of events per organization/group page has been increased
  • Minor bugfixes

April 22nd, 2018

Better date handling, improved export format and event templates.

Better date handling

An improved date handling means a quicker and simpler workflow. The date picker now enforces a European/ISO-style date input. Also, the event end date automatically corrects itself to always be after the start date.

Other features in this release

  • A human-friendly export header allows managers to easily understand the exported data
  • Event templates can now set a default date, time and location
  • Added 'About' section to website
  • Result types can now use 'All groups' option again
  • Minor bugfixes

April 8th, 2018

New data type for food, paging overviews and news archive.

Tracking samples, sales and give-aways of food

You can now track servings of food, just as leaflets, signatures and all the other types of data that animal charities track when engaging with the public. To include this in your result types, simply navigate to your organization page, click 'Manage Results' and edit the result type you want to track food servings.

Other features in this release

  • Overview pages (such as the event overview) are now paged
  • News archive added to the website
  • System maintenance

April 1st, 2018

Tag overview, auto-calculating event duration and bug fixes.

Tag overview

As a manager you can now get an overview of the tags added as part of the event results. Simply click on 'Manage tags' in the 'Operations' section of your organization page. This overview gives you insight into the frequency and kinds of tags that your organizers have used in their events. The tag overview is a first step towards a drill-down tool for exploring event result tagging from a managers point of view.

Auto-calculating event duration

When adding results to an event, you no longer have to type in the amount of time spent on the event. The difference between the event start and end date is automatically added to the result. You can of course override this, as desired.

Other features in this release

  • You can now download your exported file directly from the export page
  • Various bug fixes

March 11th, 2018

Improvements to the manager workflow and new import features.

Delete unused event templates and result types

Almost time for spring cleaning? Now managers can delete unused event templates and result types. This helps you keep a tidy overview and allows for more experimentation with content. Event templates that are used for events and result types that are used by results cannot be deleted, as they are in use.

iCalendar support

Organizers can now import from Facebook, Google Calendars and other websites that offer iCalendar integration. This feature allows organizers to import events from their Facebook group pages and marks an important improvement in the organizer workflow: no longer do you have to create events in two places.

Expect further iCalendar features in the future, such as continuous import, event filtering, preview and more.

Other features in this release

  • Various bug fixes

February 25th, 2018

Improvements to the manager workflow.

Adding 'All groups' to result types

With this new feature, managers can add all groups to a result type. Now, managers no longer have to keep the list of groups for each result type up-to-date. Simply select the 'All groups' option and the result type will be available to all new and existing groups.

Major rewrite of the website

A rewrite of large parts of the website means quicker delivery time on features in the future, more stable performance and less clutter in the user interface. We have tested extensively and expect the website to perform as usual. If you experience any technical issues, please let us know.


February 11th, 2018

Group access for organizers, event templates in exports and more...

Organizers can edit their group page

With this new feature, organizers can now maintain their own group page. This allows your organizers to keep their group page up to date and relevant, and can help distribute the workload of managing groups. Some group options are still restricted to managers, such as available result types and staff access.

Event templates are now exportable

When creating events from an event template, the name of the template will be available when exporting the event. This gives you additional ways to categorize your events and can give insight into what kind of events you have held throughout the year.

Other features in this release

  • You can hide event creation and/or template creation links. Go to your organization page, click 'Edit this page' and select an option under 'Event creation' to hide/show links.
  • Bugfix: Organizer access to export properly restricted.
  • Bugfix: Having empty dates in events had some issues . This is now fixed.
  • Bugfix: The experimental charts now correctly display results.

January 28th, 2018

Filters and charts.

A new way to divide your events

Introducing Filters: With Filters you can search for the events across your organization that match your needs. For example, you can create a Filter for events held in a certain street, or events from 2015. Go to your organization page and select 'Manage filters' to create new Filters.

To see your Filter in action, go to your organization page and click on "View results". You can also export events that match the Filter.

In upcoming releases, Filters will be expanded to allow you to search for events with a specific result type, variable proximity to a location, tags, event templates, and much more.

Other features in this release

  • Experimental chart functionality

January 14th, 2018

Event templates, HTTPS and bugfixes.

Feature spotlight: Event templates

You can now create event templates that specify a default title and description for an event. Templates help your organizers get quickly started without having to think about what to write in their events and can greatly reduce the time spent creating similar events.

More features to the event template, such as setting a default time of day and location, are planned for future releases.

Other features in this release

  • HTTPS is now enabled and always active, increasing your privacy and security
  • Missing breadcrumb links for organizers fixed