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BioSense 2.0 Enhancements and Updates!

posted Oct 26, 2012, 11:52 AM by Amanda Riley   [ updated Oct 26, 2012, 11:59 AM ]
The BioSense 2.0 Team has been very busy making enhancements and updates to the BioSense 2.0 application! In response to user feedback at various meetings including CSTE and NACCHO, we have improved the user interface for usability and functionality. The input of the community remains the most critical aspect of the ever evolving BioSense 2.0 platform. We thank the numerous users who have volunteered their time.

Over the past week, a number of changes have been made. They are listed below:
  • A series of labeled icons that slide the individual functionality over the visualizations have replaced the accordion viewer increase usability. This change also preserves more space for both the map and time series.
  • The map and timer series functions have been made visible to users at all times. The functions to change denominators, maps colors, additional layers and other features are now directly available to the right of the visualizations. We've also improved the interface for these functions to make them more concise and easier to work with. For example, the color picker is in drop-down format now instead of radio buttons. 
  • On the main search screen, styling has been added to the clear and advanced links to distinguish them from each other and make their presence more to known to users. Additionally, the button for triggering a search is now clearly labeled "GO" in place of the arrow icon. 
  • The ability to save/export and share the features of the maps and time series based on custom filters is live, per user request. 
  • The overall code base has been improved, employing more modern techniques. This should improve the overall functionality and flow of the site and increase it's maintainability.
If you have any questions about these changes or the BioSense 2.0 application, please send an email to info@biosen.se.

- John Brownstein, PhD

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