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WORKING WITH WEB-OBSERVER

The functional structure of the system includes the modules intended for solving various tasks, which user faces:

"News stream" module

The scope of this module allows you to view the latest publications, quickly moving from one section (rubric) to another.

This module contains feature allowing to form simplified quires to the whole database of publications or to a separate section. Compiling the query, please, pay attention to the section you are currently in. If you set the query being, for example, in the "Politics" section, your search will return the publications corresponding to the search query from the "Politics" section. If you need to search all sections, it is necessary to move to the "All" section.

The criteria for filtering the publications may be:

  • Document date. This module features the possibility to specify the time interval for searching, ending of which does not coincide with the current moment. To set the date click the "From" button and choose the beginning date of search in the calendar. The ending date is selected the same way ("Till" button).
  • Keyword or phrase. Try to avoid using frequently used words as the search will result in quite a long list of publications.
  • Relation logic. This filter sets the logic of keywords presence in the sought document. Possible variants for the filter are "AND", "OR", "COMPLEX".

    Logic "AND" selects the documents containing all keywords from the query. For example, if the search phrase is "Ukraine USA", then the search results will contain the names of both countries.

    Logic "OR" selects the documents containing any one word from the query. For example, if the search phrase is "Ukraine USA", the search will return publications containing either word 'Ukraine' or 'USA', or both words. Hence, such logic will give you the list of articles, where at least one word from the search phrase is present.

    Selection of "COMPLEX" logic assumes usage of the built-in complex query language. To set complex queries, use the service symbols "|", " ", "(", ")", "!". The brackets define the priority of relation; the space corresponds to the logical relation "AND", "|" corresponds to logical relation "OR", "!" implies negation. For example, if you need to choose the publications where Russia and international organizations are mentioned the query will look as follows: "Russia (UN|ICF|UNESCO|WTO)". The depth of nesting for the query language is unlimited. Note, that the logical "AND" has the highest level of priority.
  • Article Language. Choosing the languages of search you can filter the articles in a certain language or in the combination of languages, for example only Russian and English. By default the system uses the language corresponding to the interface language which you use while working with the system.
  • Extracts. This parameter sets the time space, within which the extracts will be searched. The values of this parameter depend on your subscription plan.
  • Show... This parameter defines the number of publication headings, corresponding to your query, shown simultaneously on the screen.
  • Choose the sources. Clicking this filter expands the submenu of information sources in the right frame. Your can choose the sources according to their belonging to a country, category and section. If you click any of parameters, the list of sources and the structure of division will load. You can mark the sources you wish to search the information in. The search is performed in all information sources by default.
  • Refresh. This parameter sets the refresh rate of the headings of publications.

Combining the above-mentioned filters, you will reach the maximum relevance of the found materials. Note that the time of search directly depends on the complexity of the query and the time space set in the query.

After setting all search parameters press the "Search" button. The result containing the headings of articles will be shown in the left frame. Clicking a heading will show the full text of publication in the right frame, containing the date of publication, its title, body and hyperlink to the source page.

To let you check the accuracy of your query, it will be shown in the central part of the current menu with the name "Current query" followed by quantity of articles found.

"Settings" module

This module allows to customize the format and form of displaying the news stream or a separate publication. The user can choose the font, its sized, background color, make the publication heading show in different from news body style, etc.

"Export" module

With the help of this module the user can export both the whole news stream and a selected news to MS Word document.

After clicking the "Export" link, the export settings page will load to export the results of user's query, where the user can specify the structure and appearance of the resulting document by clicking the corresponding attributes of the document and choosing its parameters (font, color, background, etc.) The settings menu is followed by the list of publications which are to be exported. If you need to export all news, simply click "OK" or "Export". The system will export all publications by default, if none of them is checked.

After this a new window will appear with the link "Load selected publications" in the upper left corner. Clicking this link will immediately open the page with the generated report. If you need to edit the document, click the "Edit with Word" link and you will proceed to regular work with MS Word.

The export template is set to landscape page orientation.

"Custom newsfeeds" module

This section is meant for monitoring topics, objects or other subjects, which might be of a particular interest for you. Using the predefined search criteria the system will select the articles from the information stream, publish them in the section corresponding to the name of the set and/or send them via e-mail or SMS provided by you when configuring your newsfeed.

In this section you can access the publications selected by the system matching your topics of interest. You can configure a custom set of publications entering the "Set of Publications Editor" (*see "Newsfeed Editor" section).

The main menu shows the list of names for sets of publications, configured by you or your colleagues. Clicking these names will show the list of headings of the articles selected by the system in the left-hand window. To view the full text of the document in the right-hand window, simply click its heading.

There is also a simplified search tool enabling you to select articles within any set of publications. Setting the corresponding criteria in the menu, you can choose the articles for a certain period of time, pick out favorite or commented articles only.

"Newsfeed editor" module

This section allows you to configure the rules, according to which the system will deliver the recent information published in the Internet. The relevance of publications selected by system and the quality of monitoring directly depend on the accuracy of search filters.

In order to create a set of publications you will have to configure the rules (query) first, according to which the articles will be selected. To do this, simply configure the search criteria just as you search the information in the archive. After you have set the search filters and selected the information sources, click the button "Check" to check the accuracy of your query. The result will be shown in the left window. After this you need to check if the found publications coincide with the subject of your search. In case many of the found articles do not match the subject of your search, try to set more precise parameters of search. If you are content with the search results, click the "Save" button. The system will save your last query and ask you to provide a name for this newsfeed as well as configure the distribution rules, if necessary.

The results of the system queries on custom rules can be sent to three e-mail addresses. If you need to send the results to additional addresses, configure another newsfeed with the same parameters. You can tune the dispatch to each address individually, providing addresses for the found information to be sent to, time intervals, limits for the maximum number of articles, and the format of dispatch (notification only, headings of publications or full text of articles).

After the set of publications has been created, its name will appear in the menu on the "Custom newsfeeds" page and you'll be able to move quickly from one topic of monitoring to another.

To view and edit the existing sets of publications, use the "View current newsfeeds" button, clicking which will show the list of rules for configuration in the left window. Here you'll be able to add, change and edit e-mail addresses corresponding to the newsfeed and rules of e-mail dispatch. You can also suspend/resume the dispatch, if you temporarily do not want to receive the reports to e-mail and do not wish to delete the newsfeed rules. Note that you cannot change the keywords of the newsfeed. To modify the keywords of your newsfeed, you need to delete the old newsfeed and create a new one with other parameters.

After you have finished editing the rules, check the corresponding newsfeeds to save changes or delete several newsfeeds. Note that the changes will be made only to the checked newsfeeds. This measure is taken to avoid accidental changes of newsfeed rules.

"Statistics" module

This module is intended to deliver stat data for further analysis. Based on the created newsfeeds (see "Newsfeed editor"), the module provides possibility to generate 4 types of reports: report of quantitative coverage of object(s) in mass media, report of articles sentiments, report of the weighted estimation of articles sentiments (takes into account the level of media's influence on readers) and a report of time dynamics of press coverage and changes of sentiments. Note that your custom newsfeeds are used to analyze objects and correspond to the objects themselves.

1. Object(s) coverage in mass media

This report allows to obtain general stat data on object or object combinations.

To obtain the stat information on press coverage, you need to specify the parameters of information output. The system provides possibility to choose from several newsfeeds to compare.

You can choose the category of resources, where the objects can be mentioned or the resources themselves if their number is not very big. Besides, you need to set the time range and interval for which the report will be generated.

After setting all criteria click the "Show" button. The result of calculations, revealing the statistics on categories and resources, is shown in the table below, along with the table of links and news titles (or other attributes of publications).

If the newsfeeds are heavily populated with news, then the time of processing and generation of page with links and titles will be rather long. Therefore, we do not recommend setting the time space longer then two months in demo version.


2. Press coverage/News sentiments

This report allows to obtain the consolidated statistics of articles sentiments on objects of interest.

To generate this type of report you need to choose the corresponding option in the "Statistics" section from the list of reports shown in the page header. Then the system loads the page where the user must choose the necessary newsfeeds for this report from the list of existing ones.

After selecting the time period, for which the report should be generated, press the "Show" button. As a result the system will build the chart of articles sentiments on selected newsfeeds (objects), as well as the table with quantitative information.

The articles sentiments are estimated as "positive", "negative" and "neutral" and they are shown as a general list.

3. Weighted estimate of articles sentiments

This report takes into account the level of influence of news sources and allows to define the level of object presence in information area of a separate region.

To obtain this report you need to choose the corresponding option from the list of reports in the page header. After the system loads the report page, you will need to choose the necessary newsfeeds from the list of existing ones.

Having selected the time period, for which the report should be generated, press the "Show" button. As a result the system will build the chart of articles sentiments on selected newsfeed (object), as well as the table with quantitative information.

The weighted articles sentiments are estimated as "positive", "negative" and "neutral". There is also the possibility to combine the sentiments, for example "positive and neutral" or "negative and neutral".

4. Time dynamics

This report allows to obtain the time dynamics of articles sentiments changes overlapped on the number of object references in mass media.

To receive the report of time dynamics you need to choose the newsfeed, the report will be based on and press the "Show" button.

As a result you will receive the chart of reference number changes for the specified period of time along with the table containing quantitative information.

The resulting table that the system shows at the end of report can be easily copied and pasted into MS Excel spreadsheets. Hold down the left mouse button and select the table. Then copy its content by pressing "Ctrl"+"C" buttons on the keyboard. Open the Excel spreadsheet and paste the table content by pressing "Ctrl"+"V". The program will automatically separate the table contents into different columns and rows, allowing you to make the necessary changes in data and adjust the sizes of columns and rows.


5. Information portrait (not available in demo version)

Information portrait allows to get the basic characteristics of the object, its relation to other objects and perform navigation in the visual interface of the object and notion relations graph.