The Element Configuration allows you to adjust your ITONICS Innovation OS to the vocabulary you use in your organization and organize content systematically.
Note that the Element Configuration feature is part of our Professional offering. It is not available out of the box and needs to be enabled for your organization. Contact us at email@example.com to enable it for you!
- What does the Element Configuration do?
- What are the ITONICS blueprint element types?
- How can I configure my custom element types and properties?
- How can I configure my custom properties?
- What limitations do we need to consider?
- 💡 General Tips for Element Configuration
What does the Element Configuration do?
Your Innovation OS is designed for End2End-Innovation Management. This comes along with content being entered from different contexts. To allow structured processing, this content needs to be classified. Element Types are in this respect the first classification principle in your Innovation OS.
Content that falls into a certain element type will have the same characteristics and distinct properties. You can think of an element type as a template. The element types and their related properties thus allow comparing the content of the same type, filtering for it, displaying it in the tools, and enabling/disabling it for your different workspaces.
ITONICS offers the full flexibility to design your custom element types or use the ITONICS blueprint element types. You can thus reflect your organization's vocabulary and processes in your Innovation OS. The definition of element types and properties is done via the Element Configuration (EC).
What are the ITONICS blueprint element types?
To start as soon as possible, ITONICS has compiled its experience into recommended element type blueprints. With these pre-configured templates, you can fully concentrate on the content work and do not need to worry about creating custom elements.
The pre-configured properties and the names of the ITONICS blueprints cannot be changed. It is only possible on the workspace level to add custom properties or hide properties. Read more in the article: Slicing content for different groups: The Workspace Configuration
ITONICS offers element type blueprints for the following content types:
* All blueprint element types come with the following similar properties: name, color, icon, description, tags, sources & links, relation widget, and attachments.
How can I configure my custom element types?
To add your custom element types or change any element type, you will first need to navigate to the element configuration on the organization level. As an administrator of your organization, go to your individual profile in the bottom left corner and click on it. Now find the Element Configuration in the menu. Click on it.
On the next screen, you will enter the element configuration. The element configuration consists of the element configuration  - to define the name and structure of your element types - and the property configuration  - to define the name, conditions, and values of the fields you can place on your element types.
For the ITONICS blueprints , you will see the name ITONICS and a lock icon. This indicates that you cannot adjust the blueprint type on the organizational level - you can only add custom properties or hide ITONICS properties on the workspace level.
To start creating our custom element types, click on the "+add new element type" button . A blank page will now open where you can first name your element type, set a color and an icon, and add a description to make it easier for others to understand the meaning of the element type. Next, you can adjust the general configuration of your template. Do you want to allow users to comment? Do you allow users to use the signals tool? Do you want to display related elements and/or recommended elements? If so, check the boxes in the page  and options menu .
As a next step, you can add further properties and arrange the position of such properties on your element type. In general, each element type has a larger main body (, left and center of the element profile page) and a smaller right sidebar . Click on "+Create New Group" and define what kind of group it is.
There are three groups from which you can choose:
- Plain: for Attachments, Dropdowns, Hyperlinks, Date, Number, Rich Text, Step, and User Fields
- Rating: for rating fields
- Tabs: if you want to place a single property in one tab. The same properties as for the plain group can be chosen.
After the selection, you need to provide a name for your group field and you will find a menu from which you can select from all available properties. Just search for a property or use the scrollbar to find the respective property. Add a property to your group field by clicking on the property. Once you have collected all the properties per group field, you can use drag and drop to change the order within the group field or to change the overall position of a group field compared to other group fields you have created.
Once you have placed all properties, you are satisfied with the positioning, and the general settings, click the "save changes" button .
As a last step, you can now go through your different workspaces and activate/de-activate your custom element type or you can selectively decide to show/hide the properties. For more information, see the following article: Slicing content for different groups: The Workspace Configuration
How can I configure my custom properties?
To add or change your custom properties, you will first need to navigate to the element configuration on the organization level. As an administrator of your organization, go to your individual profile in the bottom left corner and click on it. Now find the Element Configuration in the menu. Click on it.
On the next screen, you will enter the element configuration and land first on the page of the element type configuration. Next to the button for the element type configuration, you will find the property configuration . The property configuration provides you with different field types that you can use to organize your content in the best way possible.
It also lists all the created properties. Please note that the ITONICS blueprint properties cannot be changed on the organizational level  - displayed by the lock icon. You will only have the option to show/hide such properties if you use an ITONICS blueprint element type within your workspaces. In the workspace element configuration, you will be able to hide/show the ITONICS blueprint properties.
When you want to change an existing property, please find it in the list of already existing properties . Click on it and perform the changes on the right side of the screen.
When you want to add a custom property, find the button "+Add New Property"  and click on it. On the right screen, you will find all the field types and property options . Select the one that best works for you and follow the steps on the next screen.
Once you are done, do not forget to save your changes . Plus, you should also not forget to place your created property on one or multiple element types. To do so, go to the respective element type in the element type configuration  and find the option to add a property  in one of your groups. Click in the select option field and search for your property. Click on it and it will be added to your element type.
Do not forget to save your changes .
Please note that due to the reason of avoiding data loss, it will not be possible to delete a property from an element type. You will only have the option to hide such a property. To hide a property (or group) click on the eye icon .
Once you are satisfied with the general configuration of your element types and properties, you will have further options to customize the element types and properties on the organization level. Read more in the article: Slicing content for different groups: The Workspace Configuration
What limitations do we need to consider?
Please pay attention to the following notes:
- Once created, options on dropdowns, hierarchical dropdowns, and steps cannot be removed. They can be reordered, new ones can be added and labels can be changed, however.
- Once created, options on ratings can be neither removed nor reordered. New ones can be added and labels can be changed, however.
- Once created, a property cannot be set as required. The required flag can be lifted, however.
- Once a property is set as required, it cannot be added to a saved element type.
- Minimum and maximum values for number and numerical rating properties cannot be made more restrictive. They can be made less restrictive, however.
- Once changes are saved, added properties cannot be removed from an element type. They can be hidden from view, however.
- Element types can only be deleted if there are no content elements of that type anywhere in the system.
💡 General Tips for Element Configuration
Don't make it too complicated: Try to reduce the total number of Properties you add to an Element Type as much as possible. This makes it easier for users to consume the content. Especially when it comes to textual Properties, consider only using a single rich-text property that
Keep rating criteria few & consistent: Don't add too many rating criteria to make it easier and more engaging for collaborators in the tool. Also, it helps to keep the criteria consistent with regard to the number and values of the different options.
Don't enable multiple values for Radar segmentations: If you want to create a property that can be used as a segmentation for the Radar visualization, types Dropdown and Hierarchical Dropdown are likely candidates. Just make sure not to enable the option "Allow Multiple Values", as the Radar can only use Properties that have single values assigned.
Go for a common base and add specifics on top: If you have multiple Workspaces that need slightly different looking Elements of a type, start off with defining the Element Type using the common Properties needed everywhere for the entire Organization, and then go into the Workspaces' settings and add Properties to the Element Type that are specific only to the respective Workspaces.
Re-use Properties for multiple Element Types: Try not to create multiple Properties that are very similar for different Element Types. Rather think of a way to combine those Properties into one - this will keep your system clean, and allow you to create visualizations with Elements of multiple Element Types, using those Properties.
Use the ITONICS blueprints as much as possible: ITONICS offers you free content through the ITONICS Showroom (Trends, Technologies, Risks, and Inspirations). If you are interested in that content, avoid creating custom types, but instead customize the ITONICS blueprints for your Workspaces. This way, you will be able to use the ITONICS content next to your own, displaying them together in visualizations!
- Element Type: Elements are the basic building blocks of the content in ITONICS. And Elements can be of different types - they can be Trends, Technologies, Projects, or Companies, for example. Depending on an Element's type, different information is relevant and will be shown.
- Property: A Property is a piece of information that belongs to an Element. For example its title or summary, but also rating criteria or dropdowns that describe the Element.
- Property Type: Each Property has a certain type which - analogous to an Element's type - will decide how that Property is shown and what kind of information it contains. Examples are rich text fields, dropdowns, or rating criteria.
- Group: Element configuration enables you to group Properties into logical units that will be shown together. There are different kinds of groups that change how the group will be displayed and that might impact what type of Properties can be placed within.
- Blueprint Element Types: ITONICS comes with a set of predefined Element Types such as Trends, Technologies, or Inspirations. We also provide content of those types in the ITONICS Showroom.