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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.

Aalto Talent Expo 2020 illustration / Graphic designer Babi Brasileiro.
Exhibitions and fairs

Aalto Talent Expo 2020

The recruitment and contact fair Aalto Talent Expo will be organized in Otahalli on October 8, 2020.

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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The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an 'eco' super-glue

In a collaboration between Aalto and other research institutions, a new, ecological adhesive has been developed that rivals superglue in strength
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Pricing principle for charging electric cars to change

The pricing principle for the charging of electric cars on campus will change on Friday, February 28 at 16.00 (4:00 pm). Instead of the previously used time-based charge, you will be charged based on how much energy you use.
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Studies Published:

Join Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course - Creating Multidimensional Experiences!

Aalto Ventures Program Summer Course Creating Multidimensional Experiences will be running again in August 2020 – signup is now open!
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Press releases Published:

A joint laboratory of circular economy was opened in Otaniemi

The Geological Survey of Finland, VTT and Aalto University work together with industry to develop solutions for the needs of a carbon-neutral and resource-efficient society.

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.

Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Topi Kairenius, Fat Lizard / Kuvaaja: Sinikoski
Entrepreneurship and startups

Topi Kairenius

Otaniemi is wonderfully located and supports a positive can-do atmosphere. That’s why we decided to move the microbrewery me and my pals founded to new premises over here.
Aalto-yliopisto, Otaniemi stories: Jennifer S. Lipkin & Heli Juuti, tila- ja kalustesuunnittelun opiskelijoita / Kuvaaja: Sinikoski

Jennifer S. Lipkin and Heli Juuti

Illnesses, abscesses, viruses, aliens and rebirth. Those are themes we’ve been immersing ourselves in today. We’re still at the starting line.
Aalto University, Otaniemi stories: Katrín Ólína, Aalto University’s Artist-in-Residence at ADD Lab / Photographer: Sinikoski

Katrín Ólína

During my stay in ADD Lab I have created a collection of 40 talismans. The Talismans are remedies, ideas and energies that we can connect with, that can help us develop ourselves.
Aalto University, Otaniemi stories: Yeong Seok Ki, Student of Architecture / Photographer: Sinikoski

Yeong Seok Ki

Alvar Aalto is really famous in Korea. That’s why I chose to come to Otaniemi.

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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