Browsing Events

Browsing with Multiple Events

In addition to having a great documentation system, OpenEvSys also boasts a great interface with which you can easily browse through the information that you have entered. To begin, let's go to the Browse Events page. Assuming you've added some events, you will see a table displaying the cases that you have entered already:

Note: You can change the columns that are visible. If you are interested in this, please refer to Form Customization.

Browsing through your events is really simple! By default, OpenEvSys "paginates" your results, which means it takes all your records and breaks them up in pages (by default, there are 10 records per page). You can choose to add more records per page, or to simply view all records at once. Warning: If you have a large amount of cases, it may take an extremely long time to load all events at once.

To modify the pagination, simply refer to the top of the table where you can Show All or modify the number of records per page.

Click on "Show All" or give in a custom number where 10 is and click "Set"

OpenEvSys also allows you to organize your results based on existing columns. For example, if you click on Event Title you will organize all records by it, either ascending or descending (the arrow will indicate which). Any visible column can be used to reorder your records. This is called sorting your results.


Clicking on "Event Title" results in a new organization of available records

Finally, in addition to sorting your records, OpenEvSys also allows you to filter the visible records. Filtering is basically a quick search. This is extremely useful when you know what group of records you are looking for. Do you notice the white spaces above the column titles but beneath Filter and Reset? Each of these blank fields corresponds to the column in which they are found. Here you can type in some information that you want OpenEvSys to use to narrow down the records that you see. For example, if you are looking for a specific project that contains multiple events, simply type in the Project Title, then click Filter (or Enter on your keyboard). Your results will be narrowed down to your criteria.


In this example, we know that "Chechnya" is in the project title. We simply type Chechnya, hit Enter or press the Filter button, and OpenEvSys automatically narrows our results down.

You can further refine your searches by giving in multiple criteria in multiple fields. In addition, once you've got your specified results, you may sort them as previously discussed by clicking on column titles.

Browsing a Single Event

You may have noticed that the Event Record Number column has links in it. These links correspond to their respective Events. By clicking on this link, you will be brought to the View Event section which displays more detail about the Event that you have selected.


The "View Event" section provides an extremely detailed overview of the event, with the tabs on top giving you access to nearly every aspect of the event.

OpenEvSys provides you with all relevant actions in terms of editing the Event you are viewing. The Victims and Perpetrators tab gives you an overview of all the Acts which have occurred within the Event, and who the victims and perpetrators were. From here, you can go to individual person records by clicking on a persons name, you can view the acts, and the involvements. These records will appear below the table.

Here we've clicked on a specific Act, after which OpenEvSys gives us the option to edit it in different ways.

All other tabs behave in similar ways. If you view a tab that has no information (for instance Source may not be filled out), OpenEvSys will notify you of this and ask you if you'd like to add that type of information.

One tab which may be of particular use to you is the Audit Log tab. OpenEvSys stores information on every action taken by users in regard to the creation or modification of records. This will allow you to track who has done what within OpenEvSys.

The Audit Log is ordered by the Timestamp which is the time at which a certain action took place.