In this chapter the Net Navigator is described in the following sections:
Order of elements
Buttons and text input fields
Navigation in the web
Searching for terms
The following link will take you to other chapters with more information:
The Net Navigator maps the contents of the knowledge network in a
similar way to a folder or file system, but the rigid tree structure of the
latter is replaced by a flexible structure enabling users to search and
The Net Navigator displays a clearly laid-out section of the knowledge network in a web-like structure which visualizes terms, their interrelationships and thematically related documents.
A brief overview of the Net Navigator can be found under Net Navigator.
The Net Navigator displays the terms in ThyssenKrupp base and their interrelationships in a way which is clearly laid out and can be intuitively understood. Because ThyssenKrupp base covers such an extensive body of information, only one section of the knowledge network can be displayed at a time. In the following you can find out how to use the Net Navigator to view the various information links in ThyssenKrupp base.
The net navigator you can get about the icon from following pages:
- detail page of an object,
- result page of keyword search.
Net navigator opens in a separate window.
The operating panel for the Net Navigator is at the top of the screen. Use the arrow buttons (top left) to return to previous pages. At the top right is the “help” button with which you can access a guide to the Net Navigator. In the middle is a text input field and the “search” button. This allows you to search for terms containing a specific sequence of characters. Below this are the category buttons which are dealt with in more detail in a separate section:
As already mentioned, the first screen shows the reference network for the term “Corporate Center ThyssenKrupp” as a starting point for further navigation. As you can see, each node symbolizes a term and the lines the relationships between these terms. The nodes are in different colors according to the meaning and type of the underlying term. The category buttons in the operating panel show which node color symbolizes which category. Products, persons, ranges, product groups, sectors, companies, regions and corporate sectors have a direct meaning in ThyssenKrupp base. The gray node which belongs to the category “Miscellaneous” symbolizes abstract references or terms serving to establish, expand and/or categorize the relationships between the other direct items of information (on companies, products, ranges, etc.).
You will have noticed that very bright colors have been used for the lettering. This is to prevent confusion when complex networks are displayed containing a large number of overlapping terms. When you move your mouse over a node, the lettering is highlighted while the lines extending from the node fade to prevent them from impairing the legibility of the term. At the same time you can see a tooltip with the designation of the object type from the node:
A knowledge network contains a large number of relationships. To find out what kind of relationship you are viewing, move your mouse over the line:
A button marked with a “+” appears at the side of many of the nodes. This means that alongside the relationships displayed, this term is also related to other terms in the knowledge network not shown on the current screen. By clicking on this button you can display the relationships of the selected node and the associated terms. The selected node will move to the center and the nodes to which it is related will be placed around it:
When you click on a node respectively on the “+” at the side of the node and there are many relationships, a selection list is displayed from which you can select the terms of interest to you and display them by clicking on “open”. By clicking on “Select all” you can display all existing relationships:
If a detail page exists on a term, you can access it by clicking the corresponding node. The detail page is displayed in the results area of the main window even if you access it from the separate navigation window. If no detail pages are available, a message appears on screen. Detail pages exist for Products, Ranges, Companies and categories like Product groups, Customer sectors, Regions and Group elements .
In the course of your work with the Net Navigator, you will notice that when you select the same nodes in the same order you will always obtain the same selection, but the nodes are not always arranged on the screen in the same way. The way the knowledge network is displayed is optimized by the Net Navigator relative to the previous screen. This is a very flexible and – with a large number of nodes – very complex process which does not always produce the same results in terms of on-screen presentation.
Navigating from node to node is just one way of searching for specific relationships. Another way is to search directly for a term. To do this, enter your term in the text field at the top and click on “Search”:
If your term has a lot of relationships, a selection list will appear:
When you have selected the terms of interest to you, they will be displayed as follows:
From this list you can now select an item which will then be displayed in a relationship web. Sometimes other items from this list are also used. All items not used remain in the list on the left hand side or be remove from the picture. This is dependent from number of the nodes. There are to many nodes in the list, items be remove. Figure is displayed as follows:
As you can see, the search term is in the center of the web and the nodes to which it is related are placed around it. You can now navigate through this web in the normal way.
As already mentioned, there are nine main categories with their own sections in ThyssenKrupp base: Products, Product Groups, Region, Ranges (Programs), Persons, Sectors, Companies, Corporate Sectors and Other. In the bottom half of the operating panel there are nine buttons for these categories:
With these buttons, which you can use as filter criteria when you navigate the knowledge network, you can alter the way the web you are viewing is displayed.
When you click on a category in the category panel, all nodes in this category disappear from the screen you are viewing. To help you find your way around, the bullets in front of the category names are in the same color as the individual category nodes. If you click on the category with the left mouse button, the remaining nodes are rearranged to optimize the on-screen display. If you right-click a category, only the nodes from this category disappear and the arrangement remains otherwise unchanged. If you click on the same category again, the nodes from the category re-appear.
Overall the operation of the Net Navigator is highly intuitive and is an excellent way of finding out about the many different relationships and links in the world of ThyssenKrupp base.