How to use summaries and summary layers

Summaries are the other main data type in FIBRES along with findings. Whereas findings are best when used for individual topics, such as an individual signal or trend, summaries can be used for versatile summarization purposes.

What are summaries

You can think of summaries like containers for findings. Whereas findings are best for writing out different types of phenomena, summaries can be used for grouping different types of findings together. The summary itself then serves as a good place for further analysis and discussion.

Ideas for using summaries:

  • Answering an ad-hoc question from your findings
  • Outlining future scenarios based on your findings
  • Compiling project-specific knowledge

How to add findings to summaries

Findings are added to summaries with linkages.

What are summary types

Each summary has a summary type. The summary type is indicated by the colored label above the summary title.  The default summary type is collection.

Custom summary types

Other summary types can be configured to match your foresight needs, e.g. capabilities, risks, scenarios, or opportunities.

Summaries in other main views

Summaries in the Network view

Summaries are visible on the Network view as summary layers. If you turn on a summary layer, you will see the summary as a rounded rectangle connected to the findings it is linked to.

Summaries in the Finding view

The Findings view only shows findings, so summaries will not be visible here. You can filter the Findings view to only show findings in a selected summary. 

Summaries on the Radar view

Unlike findings, summaries can not be positioned on radars. However, just like in Findings, you can filter your radars to only show findings in a selected summary.

Create a new summary

Create an empty summary

You can create new summaries with the Create button.

  1. Click Create.
  2. Select summary type.
  3. Give your summary a title and click Create.

Create a summary from a selection of findings

  1. Navigate to Findings.
  2. Select the findings you want to include in your summary.
  3. Click Link.
  4. Select With a new summary.

Summary collaborators

Unlike findings, which can be edited by anyone with editing rights, summaries can only be edited by invited collaborators.

Inviting a collaborator

  1. Navigate to Summaries and open a summary.
  2. Scroll down to Collaborators.
  3. Click Show collaborators.
  4. Type in a user's name and click Invite.

Summary visibility

Public summaries can be seen by all users in your account. Private summaries can be seen only by the owner and collaborators.

Change summary visibility

  1. Click on the rounded button Public/Private.
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