With the launch of AVFMS 2.0 we now have even more of a data-driven approach. In practice that often means expanding and developing our thirteen databases, as you now see on regular Monday reports. Occasionally, the changes on a particular database are so extensive that they warrant their own walk-through post. This is one of them.
First of all, why is it important for us to have a database of conferences, symposia, workshops, webinars, seminars, and so forth? Simple. As I say on the Conferences page:
I remember attending the second Project MALES symposium in 2012 at UT Austin. One of the speakers remarked that the planners of the event were unaware until just a day ago that there happened to be another conference on men’s education issues nearby in the same month, and that they could have leveraged that knowledge to network, with the sponsoring organization, perhaps create a joint event, or perhaps springboard attention between each other via their events.
If only they had a tool that would help them do that…to help them find a list of events on men’s and boys’ issues in their area with a few simple keystrokes.
Oh wait, now they do.
New data searching and tracking methods
The revamped database tracks events by the following eight data points, such as you see here:
The second data point (“focus”) is new, allowing users to more easily find events concerning just educational attainment, or just due process, and so forth, if they desire. As you can see above, the new database also uses the traditional search field, although now it is much easier to see than the old database.
The new “add filter” option now allows you to filter all records by any of the eight data points, as you can see here:
New feature: calendars
In addition to listing events in an easy user-sortable table, a totally new feature has been added: the CALENDARS section. If find events more easily by navigating blocks of time rather than a spreadsheet, simply browse the Calendar section via the Month, Week, or Day views. Click on any event to pull up more information and be taken to the official event page. The peach-colored date represents your current date.
Below is an example of the calendar in the Month view:
New feature: reports
Last but certainly not least, the REPORTS section will transform the data into visualized reports that allow for easy tracking of trends, data comparisons, and so forth. This data may be particularly interesting to the leadership staff of organizations who are interested in long-distance planning and trend analyses. Take a look:
There are other charts in the report than what I have shown here, and more to be added in the future.
Potential future features
Here is what I am considering adding in the future:
- An “add your event” form allowing site users to upload (pending review) new events to the database.
- Tracking each event by the data point “sponsoring organization.” This will help feed our other other database tracking men’s groups in academia.
- An interactive world map allowing site users another user-friendly method to quickly locate events.
- Options for certain organizations to highlight or promote their events.
- Some events are open via invitation only, and some have other quirky entry requirements. If enough events have such a requirement I may begin tracking them by “openness,” or a similarly-titled data point.
- And of course, new events periodically added to the database.
If you have any other ideas I would love to hear them. I hope you are pleased with the resources I am creating and the overall progress of this website. This is something that you will not find anywhere else. It’s part of what makes us the blacksmiths of educational equity for men and boys.
More to come in the future – stay tuned!