Help with NDP
Q. How do I create a Chart?
A. A chart can be obtained from any row/column data combination. Point to a beginning cell of data and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the cursor across the cells of row/column data to be charted. When the cells turn yellow, let go of the mouse button. A menu will appear containing the Chart Selection. Note: The Help panel on the Dashboard contains a "How to Create a Chart" movie.
Q. How do I see the Top 100 Title Lists?
A. The Top 100 Titles listing can be obtained from a variety of row/column data combinations. For example, with Item Type on the row and user profile on the column, it is possible to get the Top 100 Titles that intersect those two point, i.e. the Top 100 Titles for Item Type DVD that is circulating to Young Adults. Point to any cell of data and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the cursor across the cell. When the cell turns yellow, let go of the mouse button. A menu will appear containing the Chart Selection. Note: depending on the row/column intersection, producing the list of top titles can take several minutes to display.
Q. Can I sort on column headings?
A. To sort, just click on the column heading of choice. A menu of sorting and filtering options will appear.
Q. How do I display the GIS Maps?
A. With Library System displaying on the row, point to any cell of data associated with the library of interest and hold down the left mouse button while dragging the cursor across the cell. When the cell turns yellow, let go of the mouse button. A menu will appear containing the Launch Map selection. The Launch Map selection will appear anytime you have Library System as the value on the row. It will not appear if you drag any other dimension to the row and swap out Library System. After the map displays, click the View Report button to the left of the map to see the neighborhood demographic profile for the library.
Q. I'm having problems logging into NDP, what should I do?
A. Fill out the Login Questions Form to notify us you are having a problem logging into NDP.
Q. How do I get back to my Local Dashboard?
A. A gray vertical menu bar always displays down the left-hand side of the NDP application. Clicking the House icon that appears at the top of this menu bar will always return the NDP application to the Dashboard.
Q. How do I logout of NDP?
A. A gray vertical menu bar always displays down the left-hand side of the NDP application. Clicking the Key icon that appears at the bottom of this menu bar will log the user out of the NDP application and return them to the initial login screen.
Q. How do I create a report that has a value expressed for the row other than Library System?
A. This hits at the heart, power and beauty of the NDP architecture. It's so subtle, it's easy to miss, but if you can use a mouse, you can do it. In the top potion of each report screen, e.g. All Circulation Measures, there are what we refer to as "Dimensions". These are used in two ways:
- As a filter by simply clicking on the down arrow associated with each Dimension, e.g. Transaction Date, and then selecting a value, e.g. 2003, and then clicking the Accept button that appears in the upper right corner of the same Dimension popup menu. This will have immediate effect on the report data, e.g. the report will be limited to transactions that occurred in the calendar year 2003 only.
- As a new row or column element by using the mouse to point to any of the Dimensions, e.g. Dewey Call Number, clicking and holding down the left mouse button, and then while still holding down the left mouse button dragging the Dimension down to the row or the column. Drag the Dimension over the top of the existing row Dimension, e.g. Library System. Slide it around the area of the existing Dimension's name until you see one of three messages; Swap, Insert Above or Insert Below. Swap will do exactly that. It will move the existing Dimension back into the pool of Dimensions at the top of the screen, and will make Dewey Call Number the new row Dimension. Insert Above and Insert Below allows you to nest Dimensions, e.g. inserting Item Type below User Profile will provide a report of Item Type circulation by User Profile. When dragging and dropping a new Dimension to either the row or the column, by default it will provide a "All Totals" line of data. To expand the Dimension so that it displays data for each value within the Dimension, point to the descriptive label, e.g. All Call Number. Note that the label becomes underlined. This is your tip that there is additional data "under" this label. Click the left mouse button and the value will expand to show details. Note: Nesting Dimensions requires a great deal of computation by the NDP computer systems, and response times will be extended.
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