New Feature: Factbook

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Jonathan J Watson | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 24 2014 2:12 PM

What is it?

Factbook is your one-stop shop for biblical information. In seconds, search over 20,000 Factbook pages that offer textual and visual resources on famous theologians, books of the Bible, ancient places, and more. Understand biblical people, places, events, and concepts in less time. 

How does it work?

This new tool functions like an encyclopedia, pulling together all of your datasets, resources, Interactive Media, and Media Collections, then presenting powerful overviews of each topic that serve as gateways to new discoveries. For example, search “Tabernacle” in the Factbook, and get a list of media, key verses, lemmas, senses, dictionary links, and topic suggestions for deeper study. Factbook helps you find the insights you need right away.

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Where can I learn more? 

Watch the new Factbook feature in action. 

How do I get it? 

Factbook is available in all Crossgrades and all Base Package levels

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Daniel Gomes Silveira | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 30 2014 8:20 AM

It seems to me that the Factbook tool is very similar to the "Topic Guide." Could you please explain the difference between the two? 

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Dylan Rondeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 30 2014 8:38 AM

Daniel Gomes Silveira:

It seems to me that the Factbook tool is very similar to the "Topic Guide." Could you please explain the difference between the two? 

Topic Guide's results are limited to the name - topics. Factbook may return similar information (but more!), but you can get results on:

  • Biblical People (Jesus, Moses)
  • Non-Biblical People (John Wesley, Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • Places (Jerusalem, Bethlehem)
  • Things (Solomon’s Temple, Ark)
  • Events (Jesus feeds the 4000, Jesus dies on the cross)
  • Cultural Concepts (Accounting)
  • Themes (Jesus: Death, Jealousy)
  • Topics (Marriage, Death)
  • Books of the Bible (Book of Revelation, Book of Genesis)

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 10:38 AM

Dylan Rondeau:
Themes (Jesus: Death, Jealousy)

The factbook doesn't appear to support preaching themes.

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Dylan Rondeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 11:23 AM

Mark Barnes:

Dylan Rondeau:
Themes (Jesus: Death, Jealousy)

The factbook doesn't appear to support preaching themes.

Hmm. It seems like the coverage might be a little wonky, as well as the autocompleter. Nothing is suggested if I type "Jesus: Death", but if I type "Jesus", it is in fact in the list.

However, Jealousy only gives Topic options. IIRC I tried all these before putting them in the list. I'll make a case to look into what's going on with preaching themes.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 11:40 AM

Dylan Rondeau:
However, Jealousy only gives Topic options. IIRC I tried all these before putting them in the list. I'll make a case to look into what's going on with preaching themes.

Thanks, Dylan. There's also no link from the SSG to the Factbook either, which there should be if themes are supported.

As a work around you can open the Factbook to themes from the command box (e.g. Open Factbook to Pride).

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Andrew Batishko (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 11:50 AM

Mark Barnes:

Dylan Rondeau:
Themes (Jesus: Death, Jealousy)

The factbook doesn't appear to support preaching themes.

Another work-around until the auto-completer gets fixed up is to prefix the search in factbook with: <PreachingTheme

 

This will cause the auto-completer to only return preaching themes, and will increase the number of suggested results.

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 11:52 AM

Mark Barnes:

Dylan Rondeau:
However, Jealousy only gives Topic options. IIRC I tried all these before putting them in the list. I'll make a case to look into what's going on with preaching themes.

Preaching Themes are included in Factbook, but because their content is often merged with another topic (LCV Concept), they're not as visible. That's one of the purposes of Factbook: to bring together content of different types when it's "equivalent enough" that users will want it in a single place.

Here's how to tell: if there's a link to the Sermon Starter Guide in the See Also section, there's probably content from a Preaching Theme merged in.

In other cases, we haven't yet fully merged content where we should. But since there are only ~260 Preaching Themes, and some 20,000 Topics, I expect the Themes will all get merged in somewhere.

Mark Barnes:

Thanks, Dylan. There's also no link from the SSG to the Factbook either, which there should be if themes are supported.

As a work around you can open the Factbook to themes from the command box (e.g. Open Factbook to Pride).

Yes, I think we should have links from the SSG back to Factbook: I'll open a case for that.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 12:43 PM

Sean Boisen:
Preaching Themes are included in Factbook, but because their content is often merged with another topic (LCV Concept), they're not as visible. That's one of the purposes of Factbook: to bring together content of different types when it's "equivalent enough" that users will want it in a single place.

OK, that makes sense.

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Dylan Rondeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 31 2014 12:47 PM

Mark Barnes:

Sean Boisen:
Preaching Themes are included in Factbook, but because their content is often merged with another topic (LCV Concept), they're not as visible. That's one of the purposes of Factbook: to bring together content of different types when it's "equivalent enough" that users will want it in a single place.

OK, that makes sense.

If it makes you feel better, I wasn't aware of that either. Surprise

Sean made a case for getting Factbook links in the SSG, and I've narrowed my bug down to an issue in the autocompleter with colons. That's why "Jesus: Death" or "God: Faithfulness" themes don't have autocompleters, but themes such as "Angels" do. 

We'll reply to the thread once these issues are fixed.

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Mathew Haferkamp | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 6 2015 11:26 PM

Hey, I was trying out the factbook and I found with some entries (like John the Apostle) in the dictionaries section under the LBD when clicked on just pulls up "Title Page" for the reference but if you search "John the Apostle" it does have an entry.  Thanks for any answer.  

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 7 2015 3:53 AM

It looks like a problem with the LCV markup in that resource. It also affects the topic guide. Hopefully Dylan will see this post and create a bug report, but if not, a new thread "Bug" in the title should get Logos' attention.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 7 2015 4:56 AM

Mathew Haferkamp:

Hey, I was trying out the factbook and I found with some entries (like John the Apostle) in the dictionaries section under the LBD when clicked on just pulls up "Title Page" for the reference but if you search "John the Apostle" it does have an entry.  Thanks for any answer.  

This sounds like a known issue with the LBD that comes up occasionally: unlike other dictionaries, LBD is in progress. Now it seems there's a disconnect (or at least a time-lag) with the LCV database entries - which drive Factbook and some guides - when an LBD article is removed or renamed. Logos will produce a link to an LBD article that no longer exists and LBD won't be able to open and defaults to the title page or the last opened entry. The same happens for static links (like from m.Ed courses).

Imho the most pragmatic option would be not to delete or rename LBD articles in the firstplace and if changes are needed to have a one-line entry  "see XYZ". Of course I'm not against update and expansion of LCV...  

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 7 2015 9:08 AM

NB.Mick:

This sounds like a known issue with the LBD that comes up occasionally: unlike other dictionaries, LBD is in progress. Now it seems there's a disconnect (or at least a time-lag) with the LCV database entries - which drive Factbook and some guides - when an LBD article is removed or renamed. Logos will produce a link to an LBD article that no longer exists and LBD won't be able to open and defaults to the title page or the last opened entry. The same happens for static links (like from m.Ed courses).

This looks like the right diagnosis: an LBD change has broken the LCV link. I'll file a case to get this corrected.

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Mathew Haferkamp | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 7 2015 12:14 PM

Thanks for the replies.  Maybe logos will fix it certainly is not a deal breaker, logos 6 is great.

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Angela Murashov | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 23 2015 11:39 AM

Dylan Rondeau:
I've narrowed my bug down to an issue in the autocompleter with colons. That's why "Jesus: Death" or "God: Faithfulness" themes don't have autocompleters, but themes such as "Angels" do. 

This is fixed in 6.1. 

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