Introducing query string navigation

At Zegami we’ve recently introduced the capability to track the state of your exploration in the URL. This is a feature many customers have asked us for and we feel it adds substantially to the power of our data exploration platform.

Now, as you explore a collection, you’ll notice that the address updates with every action you take. The query component of the URL (the part after the question mark) is being fully synchronised with the viewer’s internal state. This applies to all filters, view settings and even the currently selected tile.

This new functionality enables some really useful enhancements to the way Zegami can be used.

Bookmark and share links to specific views

If you find an informative view while exploring a collection, bookmarking the URL will provide a permanent way to get back to the exact same configuration. Equally, the URL can be shared with others, e.g. by email or in a chat, and anyone clicking the link will be taken to the collection with the same set of filters and view settings that you have in place.

As an added bonus, this means you can now refresh the page without losing your place if, for example, you want to see the very latest data.

Meanwhile, our snapshots feature continues to work unchanged. We recommend using this if what you need is a curated list of named views presented for all users to access.

Navigate your action history

Using the browser’s own Back/Forward functionality it now becomes possible to navigate back and forth through the history of actions you have taken. This makes Zegami’s data exploration platform even more powerful, as it becomes easier to adjust or remove filters explore for experimental exploration. Any unwanted changes made to a filter can be safely reverted simply by clicking the browser’s back button. Similarly, when drilling down into a graph view, it’s now trivial to come back up just by stepping back through the history.

Clicking each image below opens a collection using a url with a query component, to go directly a specific configuration. Why not explore a little, then pass your url on to somebody else!

Explore artwork by visual similarity

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Show a scatter view on the two dimensions of visual similarity we calculate for some commercially available artwork. View collection here.  

Find Netflix content

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Show all movies with a score of 80+ on IMDB, which are no longer than 2 hrs.  View collection here.

Explore correlations

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Plot a graph view of System of Government vs GDP for nations of the world.  View collection here.

Find male actors by location

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Show all actors with a filter for ‘male’, on a map view.  View collection here.