Update on Slide Library Web App

Matt,

I finally was able to get the SharePoint Survey Slide Library working, following what seemed like the same steps we tried Friday last week.

I chose “Upload” and “Publish Slides” from the slide app, pointing to my desktop copy of the most recent slide deck (with a few changes based on feedback).

It took a couple of minutes, but all 61 slides eventually uploaded.

The purpose of this slide library escapes me entirely… perhaps it is to easily “Re-use” existing slide decks over time?

It ends up breaking apart the entire slide deck into individual slides; it doesn’t let a person view the slides sequentially; no slideshow view.

I did notice the option to copy a particular slide to an existing slide deck, or to an entirely new slide.

I suppose, this could save someone time if a user has a particular slide they wish to use often, and don’t want to bother downloading the deck…

That seems like a stretch of the imagination, and on top of that, a lot of effort. Really odd library app, it seems to me.

The small embedded one on the home page seems superior (I increased the size of the embed by about 100 pixels, by the way)

-Tanner

From: Jessel, Tanner – FS
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 5:44 PM
To: Burks, Matthew C -FS <mburks@fs.fed.us>
Subject: SharePoint Shortcuts / New Slide Library Feature

Matt,

I stumbled upon a couple new SharePoint hacks while poking at this “slides” problem a bit more today…

https://ems-team.usda.gov/sites/fs-rd-pnw/2017%20PNW%20SharePoint%20Survey%20Presentation/Forms/AllItems.aspx

The first two attachments just ways to make it easier to get to SharePoint besides saving a link on the desktop.

The middle one (pnw-sharepoint-hub.png) is me “discovering” you can add a custom link to your own personal home page.

The last two are an option that came up when I was looking at the slide library app – it allowed me to create a connection between my Windows Explorer and SharePoint, which I found possibly useful.

BUT – it failed, so not so useful. I did notice a problem with it asking me for credentials – maybe what’s failing is a security setting?

I tried slide decks and single images today – I am wondering if this is not one of those “unsupported features.”

-Tanner

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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