We have completed our inaugural eHive features survey. For those that participated in the survey, thank you for taking the time to fill this out. Your feedback is valuable for shaping our development plans. We will be running surveys again in the future, as they are a simple and quick way you can help us prioritise our planned features. Advanced searching and more options for sorting and reporting featured highly in our survey results.
We used a scale of 1– 5 (1 = least important, 5 = most important) to rank twelve key features in eHive’s future development.
Future Features Sorted by Ranking
|Build complex searches
|Use advanced search screen to simplify searching on several fields in combination
|Average rating 4.13
|More options for sorting
|Additional options for sorting results. For example, sort objects by current location
|Average rating 3.88
|More report formats
|Expand the current report formats to include standard reports for a wider range of collection management processes
|Average rating 3.75
|Search by date
|Search any date field for a specific date or date range
|Average rating 3.63
|Create Person records
|Create detailed records about people such as artist or donors, plus organisations. This work will lead to other supporting files being created, such as Place and Document
|Average rating 3.56
|Add multiple users
|Add multiple login names for your account, with set security permissions for each login
|Average rating 3.53
|Make lists of records that can be saved and reused
|Average rating 3.53
|Publish in batches
|Bulk update the publishing status of a selected set of records
|Average rating 3.50
|Import your own data
|Import new records rather than sending records to Vernon Systems for import
|Average rating 3.25
|On screen help
|View basic help documentation on screen that is relevant to the part of eHive you are working on
|Average rating 2.94
|Home page dashboard
|Improve the display of the logged in homepage to give an overview of your content, including storage space used, recent comments and recent records
|Average rating 2.75
|Easier linking to web
|Provide options for linking records to pages on sites such as Wikipedia
|Average rating 2.56
How we shape our development roadmap
We gather ideas for future development from conferences around the world, at our free eHive workshops, on the eHive forum, and from direct contact with our users. From this, and with a close eye on international standards, we put together our development roadmap for the year ahead.
We will be updating the development road map soon. You will see a notice on the site when it is available. From then on, you can access the updated roadmap the usual way, by the link that sits at the bottom of every page in eHive.The online features survey is the newest addition to gathering feedback, and the results will form part of our decision making process.
How to contribute ideas
You can visit the eHive forum at any time to place feedback and suggestions.
Sign up for the eHive forum – http://forum.ehive.com/ucp.php?mode=register
Already a member? Visit the feedback and suggestions section of the forum – http://forum.ehive.com/viewforum.php?f=6
We release updates to eHive that are instantly available to everyone. Some improvements are updates to the underlying functionality of the site, which you may not notice. Some updates include new features we have built. We welcome feedback on how you use eHive, and suggestions for functionality you would like to see.