The standard Symbiota search form is a bit too complex for some users, especially for those who are not familiar with the portal. It features a two-step search form, with a first step to select the collection(s) and a second step to select the search fields.
For the NEON Biorepository Data Portal, I designed and developed a simplified and modernized version of the search form. It is a single-step search form, that separates search fields (criteria) in collapsible accordions, for a better user experience.
Screenshot of the Symbiota Simplified Search Form as exemplified at the NEON Biorepository Data Portal
Another user experience improvement is the addition of dynamic search chips, which display in a side panel a summary of the criteria entered by the user. The chips can be removed by the user, and the search will be updated accordingly.
Demonstration of the Symbiota Simplified Search Form as exemplified at the NEON Biorepository Data Portal, showing the collection selection options
Finally, the search form also includes help information for every entry field, and customized filters for the collection and locality selection, which are of extreme importance for the type of data published in the NEON Biorepository Data Portal.
This simplified search form is only available for the NEON Biorepository Data Portal. If you’d like to have it in your Symbiota portal, please contact me.