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Attaching a topic or topics to an item in Shared Content allows users to easily find related items that might be of interest, allowing them to delve further into the story of Mason.

The topic or topics will appear at the bottom of the first page, and will be hyperlinked. Selecting one will take you to a list of stories, faculty profiles, etc., that have been labeled with the same topic. 


For example, this story has a topic label of HQ2, indicating that it might be of interest to those wondering about the Amazon headquarters decision's impact on Mason.

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Selecting the topics label will take the user to a page listing other stories/profiles, etc., with the same topic label.

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You can also use the topics label to create a listing of news stories. For example, on the Arlington Campus page, there is a collection of news stories that's pulled in through the topic label HQ2.

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Placing a Topic Label

Within the Shared Content environment, topics can be placed in:

  • Faculty Profiles
  • Publications
  • Grants
  • News Stories

For profiles, publications, and grants, the topic field appears near the bottom of the first page on the back end of the Mason Drupal Platform (MDP).

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For News Stories, the topic field is under the third tab, Additional, on the back end of the MDP.

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Start typing in the topic that you want to attach to the story/profile, etc. You will likely see a list of existing topics pop up when you begin to enter yours. Try typing in the first letter of your topic word, and see what comes up.

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If you see an existing topic label with numbers, the fist number indicates the number of stories labeled with the same topic. The second number is the taxonomy identifier assigned by the MDP. If you don't see an existing label, you are the first person to use this particular topic. The system will automatically add it to the topic taxonomy and assign it an identifying number. If you want to add more than one topic, separate them with commas.

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Creating a List

To create a list using topics as the defining parameter, select the Customize this Page button at the bottom of the page where the list will live, and select Lists. This will open a selection of options. For this example, we'll choose News List.

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You'll get a box that gives you the opportunity to filter the list so only stories labeled with certain topics appear. You can select one topic for your filtered list, or more than one. If you want multiple topics, highlight one, then hold down your control/command key to highlight additional topics.

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