Information Services

Time(line) for a change: New tool developed for use in ISG SharePoint sites

A new SharePoint timeline tool has been developed by a member of The University of Edinburgh’s (UoE) Information Services (ISG) team which will enhance organisation and utilisation of list data.

A screenshot of Don Stuckey's SharePoint timeline web part in configuration mode
A screenshot of Don Stuckey's SharePoint timeline web part in configuration mode

The tool has been created by Don Stuckey who was appointed SharePoint Developer in July 2020 within the SharePoint Solutions Service (SPSS) at ISG.

Don’s web part can read in event-based SharePoint list data and provide a chronological timeline representation of that data.

Through this, SharePoint users are provided with an at-a-glance view of event-based data. Such data – which represents an activity, task, or development with a start and end date – is created and utilised across ISG and the wider UoE.

Don’s web part is currently a ‘work in progress’ in the ‘targeted release’ stage and is presently deployed only to several targeted production SharePoints sites in IS Apps.

As a work-in-progress, Don is welcoming any suggestions to develop the web part further, such as requests for additional features or configuration options.

He is additionally inviting anyone who wishes to try out the web part to email him to provide access to the demo site and add any ideas they have for its development into the “Suggested Enhancements” list.

A screenshot of the timeline web part in the IS Apps Journalism SharePoint, including the Hovercard users can see when moving their cursor over an event
A screenshot of the timeline web part in the IS Apps Journalism SharePoint, including the Hovercard users can see when moving their cursor over an event

Don said: “Besides all the valuable skills I have developed working on the web part, it has also all been great fun!

“Given that the requirement to record and access event-based data is quite common (by “event”, I mean piece of data with a start and end date), and that users often wish to have an at-a-glance view of such data, I can see the web part being of value to various business units within ISG and the University of Edinburgh.”

For more information on the web part and Don’s incredible work on its development visit out blog article here: blog.apps.is.ed.ac.uk/timeline-for-a-change-new-tool-developed-for-use-in-isg-sharepoint-sites/

To trial the new web part and/or pass on any feedback contact Don Stuckey via email on: don.stuckey@ed.ac.uk