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Fusion 5.10
    Fusion 5.10

    Create Dashboards

    Create dashboards that meet the needs of users.

    If you configure the dashboard to use existing data and add a Filtering panel, the panels in the dashboard work as you add panels and configure them. You do not need to wait until you have finished configuring the entire dashboard before viewing the panels recently added or edited.

    Requirements for a dashboard

    Requirements for a dashboard are:

    • Input panel(s). You must add one or more input panels that let you specify which data the dashboard will display.

    • Filtering panel. You must add a filtering panel to ensure that the dashboard functions correctly.

    • Output panel(s). You must add one or more output panels to display the data.

    Steps to create a dashboard

    To create a dashboard, perform these actions in the order specified:

    Choose a starting point

    You can create a new dashboard from scratch or modify an existing dashboard.

    To open the dashboard, complete the following:

    1. From the Fusion workspace, click Analytics Analytics > Dashboards, or click System System > Log Viewer.

    2. In the upper right corner of the default dashboard, click the link for the dashboard you want to use as a starting point.

    Configure dashboard settings

    The dashboard settings affect all the panels on a dashboard. To configure settings, click Configure dashboard.

    Option Notes

    Define where Fusion send queries from the dashboard

    Click the Solr tab.

    • To use a Fusion query pipeline, select Use Fusion.

    • To send queries to Solr, deselect Use Fusion.

    Set a default collection that Fusion queries when the dashboard opens

    Click the Solr tab and specify the name of the collection to query.

    To use the same dashboard for multiple collections, let the dashboard user choose a collection. On the Controls tab, select Show Collections Picker.

    Specify optional global query parameters to append to all dashboard queries

    Click the Solr tab and enter Global Query Parameters.

    For example, to set the default search field to the field message_t, specify the global query parameter &df=message_t.

    Lay out the dashboard

    A dashboard consists of rows and panels, and possibly columns (if you use Column panels). The table provides the available options.

    Option Notes

    Add a Row

    Add a row

    Add a new row to the dashboard.

    Configure row

    Configure a row

    Configure the selected row.

    Add panel

    Add panel to an empty row

    1. Click Add panel to an empty row.

    2. Click Add panel.

    3. Select Panel Type.

    4. Configure the panel.

    5. Click Add Panel.

    Add panel

    Add a panel to a row that already contains panels

    1. Click Add a panel to this row.

    2. Click Add panel.

    3. Select Panel Type.

    4. Configure the panel.

    5. Click Add Panel.

    Row Full Row Full

    An indicator on the left side of a row that is full.

    Resize a panel

    1. Click Configure Configure.

    2. Click the General tab.

    3. In the Span field, specify a width between 1 (one twelfth) and 12 (twelve twelfths).

    Drag a panel to a different location

    1. In the upper right corner of the panel, click-and-hold the panel type.

    2. Drag the panel to the new location and release the panel. If you drag the panel on top of a different panel, the existing panel is shifted to another location.

    Remove Panel

    Remove Panel

    Remove a specific panel from the dashboard.

    Place panels in a column

    Configure panels in a column format.

    Add text

    Add text to the dashboard, such as instructions to use the dashboard or descriptions of the content in the dashboard.

    Configure panels

    This section describes general tasks that apply to all panels and tasks that apply to specific types of panels.

    As a best practice, we recommend you configure each panel as you add it. Then save and test to verify it is set correctly before you add another panel.
    Option Notes



    The tabs that are available based on panel types are described in this section. Not all tabs are present for all panel types.

    • General.* The name and width of the panel, whether it is editable, and whether the panel will let users inspect the queries.

    • Panel.* The primary tab for configuring the panel. This configuration affects how data is displayed, but also in some cases, which data is displayed.

    • Info.* Optionally, add a help message that Fusion displays when a user inspects the queries for a panel.

    • Fields.* Add and remove fields in a Table panel.

    • Paging.* Control pagination of a Table panel.

    • Queries.* View the panel query. Optionally, add one or more custom Solr query parameters. Fusion adds these to the panel query.

    View and configure Histogram and Range Facet panels

    Click the View up arrow to view and modify the configuration. Click the down arrow to hide the configuration.



    Display help information for a setting.



    View the query that a panel sends to Solr. Fusion displays both the panel query and the custom query if it exists.

    Make a panel editable

    You must first remove, then add the panel back.

    1. Click Remove Panel.

    2. Click either Add panel to an empty row or Add Panel.

    3. Enter the appropriate values and click the Editable check box.

    4. Click Add Panel.

    Make a panel non-editable

    1. Click Configure.

    2. On the General tab, deselect the Editable check box.

    3. Save the changes.

    Configure input panel settings

    The elements on input panels determine the information displayed and is based on:

    • Panel configuration

    • Panel contributions to the query

    • User interactions with the panels

    Option Notes

    Add a custom query for a panel

    Certain panel types let you specify a custom query to add to the panel query. The combined query is sent to the Fusion query pipeline or to Solr.


    Filters select subsets of the data in a collection. For example, records in a time range or in which the field Gender has the value Female.

    A filtering panel is required for data interactivity to work. The filtering panel displays the filters that are in effect. You can also use a Filtering panel to add, remove, edit, and toggle filters.


    Use a Facet panel to choose data in one or more facets. For example, if the facets Gender and Graduation Year are defined, a user could choose the Gender Male and the Graduation Year 2010.

    Configure specific types of panels

    Option Notes

    Add Search Box

    Add Search Box

    Click to add a query-entry field to a Query panel.


    Delete Search Box

    Click to remove a search box from a Query panel.

    Move a column

    Click the right or left arrow, respectively, to shift the column one space in that direction.

    Save the dashboard

    You can save a dashboard to Solr, a file, or a GitHub gist. We recommend that you always save dashboards to Solr (even if you also save them as files or gists).

    Option Notes

    Save in Solr

    1. Click Save.

    2. Under Solr, enter a name for the dashboard.

    3. Check or deselect the Make Public checkbox. If this checkbox is selected, the dashboard is shared with everyone.

    4. Click Save.



    Click to enter the number of rows to export and select the destination file type. For example, CSV, XML, or JSON.

    Fusion downloads the dashboard as a file in the browser’s download directory. The filename is named dashboard\_name-large\_number. For example, Storefront-1502124761166. The file is a JSON file. It lacks the file type .json, which is not really needed (you could add it). If you want to place the file in a different location, move it.

    Save as a GitHub gist

    When you save a dashboard as a GitHub gist, you do not need to sign in to Github first. Fusion stores the gist as an anonymous gist.

    You must configure the dashboard correctly to save as a GitHub gist. To configure the dashboard:

    1. Click Configure dashboard.

    2. Click the Controls tab.

    3. In the Allow saving to field, select Gist.

    4. At the top right of the dashboard, click Save.

    5. Under Gist, enter a name for the dashboard. The name becomes the title of the dashboard, which is stored in the JSON file as the value of "title".

    6. Click Save Gist Save Gist.

      Fusion displays the URL at which the gist resides. If you save the dashboard again, you get a different anonymous gist and a different URL.

    Navigate to the URL immediately. Save the URL. Bookmark it. Write it down. You cannot find the gist by searching for it, and Gist identifiers do not persist for long in the Fusion UI. (The last gist saved is available in the Load dialog for the duration of the browser session.)

    Test the dashboard

    View and interact with the dashboard, and verify each panel displays the expected data. If necessary, adjust the placement and settings of the panels based on user feedback.