A quote from the Pivot team:
“We tried to step back and design an interaction model that accommodates the complexity and scale of information rather than the traditional structure of the Web.”
Which translates into the ability to aggregate and interpolate large data sets.
Pivot itself is an advanced type of web browser that facilitates this, but…
It is many things:
- “The ability to slice and dice data.”
- “Allows for the whole to be greater than the sum of the parts.”
- “Lets you move from the tiniest detail, to the full scope of the entire set of the information.”
- “Build a connection to the data, and be immersed.”
- “Making large sets of data more approachable.”
- “Empowering people to create new types of collections, and new types of experience from the interaction.”
That last point struck a chord with me, and I will attempt to create a simple collection. A collection in this case is a set of items with common attributes, ranging from hundreds to thousands to millions of items.
Steps to building a collection:
- Select your content; determine your linking level (diagram above).
- Expose your data in a way you can build the collection. OData service is an option.
- Build the cXML (Collection XML file).
- Navigate to the CXML file.
- Or navigate to the hosted version of the data set. (See Pivot API for .NET)
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