Varia Research changelog
Varia Research changelog
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Tagging

 

New

  

To better organize your research documents, a comprehensive tagging system has been introduced to Varia Research.

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Tags know two levels:

  • Dossier-scoped: these tags will only apply to the respective Dossier, to help you and your team organize the work inside a Dossier. E.g. you could tag a co-worker or a task to be done related to this article and Dossier. Dossier-scoped tags
  • Global: these will be added to this document, where ever it is, be it in Dossiers, Interim, or even in the Feeds.

We plan to take the tagging much further. You will notice, that apart from adding them, nothing further can be done with them at this point. This is about to change over the coming weeks: tag based sorting & filtering will be introduced first, we will bring tags to other components (e.g. Contacts), and more filterig & organization based features will follow..!

What would you wish to further accomplish with tags? Let us know!

Read Status Marks

 

New

  

You can now easily mark articles in Varia Research as read or unread. This will help you find your way in Dossiers or in your Interim storage.

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The read status can be changed in the table or grid view, as well as in the article details view:

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Better organization & UI for Dossiers

 

Improvement

  

We have updated the UI for most of the Dossier-Tabs - to help you find your research documents faster and to ease the working in Dossiers.

You can now find all online links stored in the "Documents" tab - while the Dossier Recommendations have been moved to the new "Recommendations" tab (where you can also find the external search - the integration of the Bing News API.

Also, you have the option to toggle between a details-oriented view, and a standard list view.

All these improvements should a) help you now and b) are a preparation for what's to come, in terms of new features and UI improvements. So stay tuned!

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German Sources

 

New

  

Jawohl, we are making German sources accessible to our users! πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ ✨

This means you can now create Feeds for German content - receive recommendations, summaries and machine learning based insights also for πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ content. This is possible due to our NLP (natural language processing) approach and language model in place, which allows us to rather flexibly expand to additional languages.

English first, German second - as these represent our core markets. Do you have other languages that you would want to see automatically processed & handled by Varia Research? Let us know…

Our content for Feeds and recommendations is coming from 375 (and growing) international news sources, where we integrate their publicly available content, obeying crawling and reprocessing laws.

Going forward, we are looking to integrate licenced content as well, so that you users can start to circumnavigate nasty paywalls with a sleek pay-per-use solution. Sounds good?

Article-level recommendations

 

New

  

Our users know and love the content recommendations that they receive for all of their Dossiers. Now we bring that one step further - or, one level lower - by introducing article-level recommendations:

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You can access the article-level recommendations through the already known article Details view - which features, key highlights, a summary and sentiment information. Now you also find similar articles for the exact content piece you are looking at!

This feature is enabled for content in Dossiers - as well as for the Interim. This means you can basically store any article you want to your Varia Research Interim - and check out what other publishers are writing on that same topic πŸŽ‰

More information on recommendations

 

Improvement

  

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Dossier recommendations now per default also include Publisher/Source & Date information. This information was available before, but upon user-feedback, we included it straight in the recommendation list.

How else could we make the recommendations better? Let's hear it, we are always open for suggestions & feedback!

Customizable Feeds

 

New

  

With the launch of our open beta version, we have also introduced customizable Feeds. The Feeds were so far rather static, leaving our early testers with a bearly useful overview of daily news from around the globe.

Now users can create feeds for their needs - each feed can be filtered according to keywords, sources, topics and further parameterss:

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This allows to monitor all relevant news for a certain topic in one place!

Feeds are also going to develop further, towards more customization and RSS sources, which users will be able to add and follow. What else would you want to see us do with our Feeds? Let us know via the in-built feedback widget in the product πŸ”ŠπŸ‘‚!

Contacts

 

New

  

Our Dossier-based architecture follows the principle of one story, one place. For journalists, an imperative part of all researches are contacts - of subject matter experts, interview partners, other journalits, etc.

These contacts no longer have to be disconnected from your research! With our newly introduced Contacts component, you can create as many contacts in Varia Research as you want - and link them to your Dossiers! This way, whenever you revisit an old project or research, you will immediately also find the important contacts related to it. Almost like a CRM for journalsits…

Who was that scientist again, who I talked to last year, regarding the drug-discovery story?
Easy, you will find her details right in your Varia Research Dossier. πŸ‘‰πŸ““βœ¨

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Gone are the days where contact info gets lost in emails, word documents or old phones. Get your work done where work happens, in Varia Research!

As our entire product, also the Contacts component was designed in a security-first approach. All our databases are among other protective measures, based on separate, VPN protected collections.

Making the Interim more useful

 

Improvement

 

 

You can now add documents and links from basically anywhere to your Interim πŸŽ‰ !

  • The Bookmarklet was updated so that you can add links (from all around the world wide web) straight to the Interim, not just to your research Dossiers
  • And you can add documents from Recommendations or Dossier based External Searches to the Interim

You can now also add all types of links to your Interim; through an updated processing of content, also e.g. YouTube videos or links to corporate homepages will be properly added. That change also benefits documents/links added straight to Dossiers.

This gives your research even more flexibility. You can organize all your content well structured in Dossiers - or just pile up findings in the Interim and decide later what to do with it. Varia Research in that sense can very much become your read-later app of choice.

Go ahead, add your first article to the new Interim… πŸ‘‰πŸ“„

Automated Summaries

 

New

 

 

All articles in Varia Research are now receiving an automated summary. This allows users to get a quick understanding of the covered story - and research faster!

The summaries are available in the article Details view, that you are familiar with already.

Summaries are of an extractive manner; this means, that all the statements of the summary are also appearing exactly like that in the original article. This gives you 100% certainty that what you read in the summary, is as of the original.

We plan to offer different types and qualities (method & length) of summaries in the future. Let us know what would work best for you!

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