Getting started

The first thing you will see is the login screen.


If you are using the default installation guide you can introduce any username and click the "Log In" button.

This will bring you to the welcome page called Dashboard.

Important things to notice

  • The title of the dashboard is Default - demo ( where Default - is simply a prefix and demo is the logged in username as you can see in the top right corner ) . This dashboard was created automatically and won't be recreated on subsequent logins.

  • The caret next to the dashboard name enables the user to do several actions like sharing, renaming or deleting the dashboard.

Attention! By default the dashboard is private and can be seen only by the current user.

  • The Welcome to BigConnect widget offers the basic information regarding all the actions that a user can trigger in the landing screen.

  • The most important two are Discover and Analyze which can be found right at the top besides the Dashboard tab. The former handles creating, editing and saving searches and the later data visualization, enrichment, persistence etc.

  • Present on the navigation bar we can find the following:

The first icon is the Activity. As we learned earlier BigConnect supports long running processes. In order to track their progress after being started one can find them depicted in this view. Please pay attention that regular/system notifications are not to be shown here.

The second icon represents the Administration page. This is shown only if the user has the appropriate privileges.

The third represents the username. If one clicks on it two new options are displayed : Preferences and Logout. The former offers multiple user related settings as the later logs out the logged in user.

  • Underneath the navigation bar one can find 2 buttons : Edit and Refresh. As one might suspect when clicking on Edit the whole dashboard becomes interactive. The Refresh performs live reload of the available dashboard widgets. Let's click on Edit.

As one can see above there is now the possibility to remove certain widget or to add new ones.

The Welcome to BigConnect is useful only for new joiners so let us remove that. Also we may want to rearrange the widgets a bit. Please remember to click the Done Editing button when finished or simply press the Esc key otherwise nothing will be saved. Please find below our new simplified dashboard :

Currently we have 3 widgets present on our dashboard : Entity Counts ( amount of independent entities we have ), Notifications ( user related notifications ) and Relationship Counts ( number of relations between our entities ).

Attention! If one decides to remove the Notifications widget then one will not be able to see any notifications. ( e.g. Being added to a new space )

These initial widgets only show basic information. For real use cases one will use the more advanced widgets. Let us click once again the Edit button and then Add widget in order to have a look at what other widgets are available.

  1. Behaviour - enables a user to configure an existing behaviour and to display it on the Dashboard.

  2. Entity Counts - displays the total counts of concepts or entities loaded in BigConnect. It will be shown as a pie chart by default.

  3. Notifications - self explanatory displaying system and user notifications.

  4. Relationship Counts - displays the total number of relationships available between all existing entities. It will be shown as a bar chart by default.

  5. Saved Search - runs and displays an up to date saved search on the available data

  6. Search Results - displays tabular saved search results for performing additional aggregations

  7. Welcome to BigConnect - basic information about BigConnect functionalities

Attention! Please take into consideration that this is not limited to your user, but in fact to all existing users. Also, every widget has specific configuration that can be changed using the wheel icon.

Example dashboard

Until now we only configured the dashboard but no data was available. Please have a look below at a simple example and let's analyze one by one the widgets. In the coming sections we will understand more about how data is ingested and manipulated to provide the target insights.

Entity Counts

There are 3 entities available: Person, Document and City. Each weight can be consulted by hovering on the pie chart slice corresponding to the target concept.

Relationship Counts

There is 1 type available: Has Entity.

In our example there is a central Document that links all our concepts so this is the reason we have 5 Has Entity relationships.

Saved Search

There is one saved search configured returning only the top 5 results for the available data.