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Automatic liftups wizardry

This blog post is part of the series that presents different liftups: components that connect content at aalto.fi. In the previous blog post, we discussed single liftups. Now, it's time to take a deeper look into automatic liftups. These components help you create newsfeeds, list upcoming events and create article series that update automatically.
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There are three different automatic liftup components available for the aalto.fi editors at the moment:

  • automatic event liftup
  • automatic news liftup
  • automatic article liftup

This article presents these components and ideas on how to use them creatively. For more detailed instructions on how to create automatic liftups, please see instructions.

General tips

  1. Automatic liftups filter the displayed content based on chosen tags or categories and can be commanded to only retrieve content from certain hubs.

    • Filling one field with one keyword (e.g. secondary tag: sustainability) displays all content with that tag.
    • Filling multiple fields (e.g. category and primary tag), the liftup only displays content that have the chosen category AND the chosen tag.
    • Filling one field with multiple words (e.g. secondary tags "sustainability" and "machine learning") displays content that have either the tag sustainability OR machine learning OR both. 
    • Filling the field "relates to" or "content home" (only for automatic article liftups) displays content with chosen tags/categories that are connected to the chosen hub.
    • Remember to double check that your filtering works as intended. 
  2.  As the automatic liftups only display the four newest articles/news/events , the "see all" button has been designed to lead the reader to the rest of the filtered content. However, the "see all" button can be changed to redirect the reader to an article or a hub.
  3. Some content in aalto.fi is available for internal users only. Whenever you create a new liftup, make sure that the liftup has the same role restrictions as the content you wish to display.

Automatic event and news liftups

The automatic event liftup lists all events with a chosen filter. These filters include primary tags or secondary tags as well as category, which is used to describe the type of the event, such as "exhibitions and fairs". You can also narrow down the displayed content by choosing to lift up only events from a certain hub or research group. 

News can also be filtered using primary tags, secondary tags and category. Similarilly to categories in events, news categories describe the type of news and help to filter, for example, only press releases or appointments. 

There are both internal and public news and events on the aalto.fi site. To display internal news or events, create a liftup component with a role restriction "Visible only to Aalto community". If the content you would like to liftup is public for all readers, select "Public for everyone".

Event liftup example

Here is an example of an automatic event liftup. We have listed all events in the category of "exhibitions and fairs" that relate to the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Designer Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical knitwear (2020)
Exhibitions and fairs


Intimacy situates at the intersection of novel politicization and digital disruption of fashion.It updates our understanding of Finnish clothing and accessory design into the 2020s, exploring the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes we wear and introducing visitors to the creative design process, from initial sketches to the finished products.

News liftup example

Here is an example of an automatic news liftup. This component lifts up all public news with a primary tag "sustainability".

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Biorefinery and fuels
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Renewable fuel made from biorefinery residues

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Metalls, CMET
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Automatic article liftup

With articles, we recommend using single liftups (read the previous blog post here) or manual liftups. However, automatic article liftup is the best solution when new content is added regularly. Automatic article liftup displays the four newest articles with the chosen secondary or primary tag. The rest of the articles with the same tag can be viewed by clicking "see all". 

A good example of automatic article liftup is Aalto Stories. Articles containing stories from the community have a primary tag "Aalto Stories", and creating a automatic article liftup with that tag creates a storyline. With a manual liftup, the editor would have to update the liftup, whereas with automatic article liftup a new article with the tag appears automatically to the liftup component after the article has been published. 

Please note that if you wish to create an automatic article liftup, request a new secondary tag for it by contacting Digital Communications team. If you tag your articles and lift them up with an existing secondary tag, other people using the same tag also get your content to their liftups and vice versa. 

Automatic article liftup example

Here is an example of an automatic article liftup. This component lifts up all public articles with a primary tag. Here is an example where we have used "Aalto stories" tag, which is an article series moderated and produced by Aalto Communications Services.

School of Chemical Engineering

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Ben Wilson, Staff scientist at CHEM
Madina in the summery Otaniemi campus area
School of Chemical Engineering

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Katarzyna viewing Helsinki
School of Chemical Engineering

Student Katarzyna Wojdalska got excited about smart materials

What's it really like studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Katarzyna Wojdalska started her in Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional Materials year 2019. She will tell us about one of her favorite courses, with versatile teaching methods and interesting new knowledge.
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School of Chemical Engineering

Student Linh Tong: 'Discovering new things about chemistry makes me feel like a detective'

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Previous posts in the liftup series

Connecting your content with a single liftup

Liftups are the core of aalto.fi structure. With them, you can connect content and visualize your page. Read more on how to use single liftup component in a creative way!

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