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Activities are the basic objects you place on a Roadmap. They represent real-world innovation activities that play an integral role in implementing your innovation strategy and support the progress towards Milestones. Place Activities on Layers on a Roadmap, connect them to each other, and link them to Explorer Elements.

Related Info:

Manage Activity Types
Create New/Add an existing Activity on the Roadmap



Administrators at the Organization level in ITONICS are responsible for the structure and health of an Organization. Administrators can modify Workspaces, configure Element Types for all Workspaces, and manage users.

Administrators at the Workspace level are responsible for managing users that have access to the Workspace, and can further customize what Elements look like.

Related Info:

How can I change the administrator of my Organization?
Organization Administration: Workspaces


Advanced Filtering:

The Advanced Filtering functionality allows you to create complex filters for Elements by choosing what Properties to filter by for each type of Element separately. Using Advanced Filtering allows you to select ranges, values, and Properties to filter by, and enables you to narrow down your content and to gain insights quicker. 

Related Info:

Filter Settings
Interactive Filtering


Attachments Widget:

The Attachments Widget allows you to upload files to any Element. 

On ITONICS blueprint Element Types, the widget can usually be found at the bottom of the Element. In the full Element detail view, it can be expanded, allowing you to see a more detailed list of attached files.

Related Info:

Attachment Upload


Bulk Actions:

You are able to perform different bulk actions on ITONICS Elements. Bulk actions allow you to copy, delete, and open a number of different Elements simultaneously, for example. 

Related Info:

How Can I Quickly Evaluate Multiple Elements?


Card View

The Card View is one way to display Elements from your Workspace in the ITONICS Explorer. Elements that are displayed in the card view show the Elements’ basic information.

Related Info:

Element preview


Casual Search:

The Casual Search input in the Insights module allows you to search for relevant Signals using keywords, Explorer Elements, or other Insights Presets.

It enables you to easily discover relevant Signals. The more items you add to the Casual Search, the more your search field will be narrowed down.

Related Info:

The Casual Search



Signals in ITONICS are enriched using the IPTC Media Topics categorization. This can give you a rough overview of what categories are important for your search field and can be easily visualized using the Cluster Visualization. 

You can also use the filter tab to filter for categories that interest you.

Related Info:

Cluster Visualization
The Filter Tab


Center Around Now:

The Center around now button located in the Roadmap Module enables you to center your Roadmap view on the current date while keeping the zoom at the level you have chosen. 

This allows you to easily view the currently relevant Activities and Milestones.

Related Info:

Reset and Center view of a Roadmap


Cluster Visualization:

The Cluster Visualization in the Insights module provides a categorization view on all Signals for your search. The Cluster Visualization is made up of bubbles representing topical clusters and assists you in quickly viewing the numbers of Signals within each topic cluster.

As a general rule, the bigger the cluster, the more Signals it contains. The number of Signals within a bubble is indicated on the bubble.

Related Info:

Cluster Visualization
What Are the Categories of the Cluster Visualization Based On?



In Explorer, you can comment on an Element by selecting the Element you want to comment on within a Workspace. You and your colleagues can comment, mention an Element, or react to each others’ comments. 

Related Info:

Commenting on Elements


Combined Rating:

When multiple users add their ratings to an Element, the system displays both the viewer's rating and the combined rating of all users. For rating criteria with text options, a rounded average is used; for ratings that use numbers as options, the exact value is displayed.

Related Info:

Rating Criteria for Trends
Rating Criteria for Technologies



ITONICS allows you to configure your system according to your organization’s individual needs, use cases, and innovation processes. Element Configuration in particular allows you to customize the types of Elements you work with, as well as how you work with them. 

Related Info:

Workspace Element Configuration
Organization Element Configuration



Innovation activities and workflows are often dependent on each other, and Connections in the Roadmap module model those dependencies. Connections are displayed as linking nodes and all connected Activities can be viewed by clicking on the Activity, opening its stack view.

Related Info:

Manage Connections Between Activities 


Custom Privacy Policy:

You can add a Custom Privacy Policy for your Organization to describe how personal data is used. All users of any Organization will be asked to accept the policy if this is activated or updated.

Related Info:

Organization Administration: Custom Privacy Policy
Organization Settings Overview


Detail Page:

The Detail Page of an Element is an expanded view of the Element and displays information about the Element including a description, categorization, sources, links, ratings, tags, and attachments. You can also use the Detail Page to view and add Element relations or comments. 

Related Info:

How Can I Find the Detail Page of an Element?


Distance Scaling:

Distance scaling is one of the options available that modifies your Radar view. It offers a logarithmic scaling by default that visually prioritizes the center of the Radar, and can be switched to linear scaling to provide an even distribution of the Radar’s rings. 

Related Info:

Change Rating Criteria and Attributes in Radar Visualization
Modify Radar Dimensions & Settings



Elements are the basic building blocks that make up the ITONICS innovation content management system. Pieces of content in ITONICS that are used across the different modules of the software are called Elements and can be created and modified within Explorer. 

Elements allow you to organize and categorize your organization's know-how in a single place, making it available across different teams. Each Element can be viewed in a digital Element profile.

Examples of Elements are Trends, Technologies, Inspirations, Ideas and Projects.

Related Info:

What is an Element?
Create Elements
Element Configuration: Overview


Element Configuration:

Element Configuration refers to the functionality that allows you to define your own types of Elements, beyond what is already available in the ITONICS blueprints. 

You can configure the types of Elements, the information that you want to save for those types (called Properties), and how those Properties are arranged in the Element Profile.

Related Info:

Element Configuration: Overview
Organization Element Configuration


Element Creation:

You can create Elements - the basic building blocks of the ITONICS software - in Explorer. You are able to create Elements using ITONICS blueprints, or you can configure your Elements to suit your individual needs. 

Related Info:

Create Elements
Edit an Element


Element Search:

In Explorer, you can use the search function to search through Elements' titles, summaries, descriptions, and links.

This search has two different modes: A simple and straightforward search for everyday use, and a more expert search that allows you to find specific content pieces using a sophisticated search syntax. The software automatically recognizes when you are using advanced search syntax and changes the mode.

Related Info:

Element Search


Element Type:

Elements act as the basic pieces of content in the ITONICS software. Element Types act as templates for particular types of content, for example, Trends, Technologies, Ideas, or Inspirations to name only a few. 

The type of an Element you are viewing is displayed prominently where ever the Element is displayed, and different types of Elements can contain different kinds of information and/or rating criteria. 

Related Info:

What is an Element?
Element Configuration


Enable Zone Editor:

The Enable Zone Editor functionality in the Porfolio visualization, allows you to divide the matrix chart into different highlighted zones by moving a horizontal and vertical line along the axes. 

The rectangular zones can be used to classify the Elements on the Portfolio which can assist you with quickly identifying innovation opportunities and threats.

Related Info:

Use Portfolio Zones



The ITONICS Explorer is the content management system for your innovation management and is a core part of the ITONICS software. Elements form the foundations of your digital innovation activities and allow you to discover, add, rate, and relate information.

Related Info:

Working with Elements in Explorer


Fit to view:

The Fit to view button enables you to fit the complete Roadmap into your current browser window.

Related Info:

Reset and Center view of a Roadmap


Grid View:

The Grid view in Explorer is the main informational view for all Elements in ITONICS. In this view, you are able to get an overview of all Element types and perform actions on multiple Elements at once.

Related Info:

Explorer Views



The Element Header is the area on the Detail Page of an Element that contains the summary and basic information about the Element, along with its main image. Using Element Configuration, you can pin specific information to be displayed in the Header.

Related Info:

How Can I Find the Detail Page of an Element?


Header Image:

The Header image is the main image on the Detail Page of each Element.

Related Info:

What's the fastest way to add a header image to an Element?



Hotspots provide basic help to guide new users and can be toggled to appear anywhere in ITONICS. Hotspots are activated automatically when first accessing ITONICS. You can activate or deactivate them by using the Hints toggle at the bottom of the side navigation.

Related Info:

Support Request


Insights Module:

The ITONICS Insights module enables you to monitor influences on your innovation ecosystem on a continuous basis, and scout for relevant new topics by tapping into our own Signals data lake.

Related Info:

Overview of ITONICS Insights
The Insights Interface


Insights Preset:

In order to save a search field for continuous monitoring and to revisit at a later point, you can save your search fields as Insights Presets. 

The Presets picker in the header in Insights allows you to edit, update, and delete your Presets. Presets are visible to all users in a Workspace.

Related Info:

Saving Search Fields


ITONICS Showroom:

The ITONICS Showroom contains the content that our analyst team has created for you to use and get inspired by. All users have access to it automatically and can discover and view the content. 

You will not be able to create or edit any content in the Showroom - but you can copy it into your own Workspaces to work with it.

Related Info:

How To Use The ITONICS Trends & Emerging Technologies For Your Organization
The ITONICS Showroom & Content



Layer are used to organize Activities on a Roadmap thematically. Additional layers can be created for a Roadmap, and, if a Layer can be further separated into logical units, you are also able to split it into different sublayers. 

When creating a Roadmap, we provide you with different best-practice Layer templates for common use cases.

Related Info:

Add New Layers
Create/Add a Layer on the Roadmap


List View:

The list view is an Element viewing option in Explorer. Use the List View to display many Elements at the same time. The list view shows Elements’ basic information, and can be sorted by  Element titles, updated or created dates - in either ascending or descending order.

Related Info:

Element Selection: Additional Actions Menu



A Milestone is a fixed date on a Roadmap that represents, for example, a goal, deadline,  product release, or important checkpoint for an innovation project or activity.  Adding milestones to your Roadmaps will help you create feasible project plans. 

Related Info:

How to Use ITONICS Roadmap Templates



A module is a functional combination of one or more features representing a major part within ITONICS. A module per se is self-contained, supporting a dedicated business operation or process and, additionally, can be linked and combined with others to form a larger system.

Related Info:

Basics in ITONICS Cloud



Organizations represent a company’s ITONICS account. In order to use ITONICS, you must be part of at least one Organization. Users can be invited to Organizations to collaborate and share content.

Organizations can have multiple Workspaces that allow teams to work on different initiatives. 

Related Info:

Organization Setup



You can pin a Signal to an Element in the Signals Feed in the Element Detail Page by clicking on the pin icon, which allows you to easily capture interesting information and weak signals without having to create a dedicated Element.

Related Info:

Pinning Signals to any search field


Portfolio Module:

The ITONICS Portfolio module helps you identify potential gaps and opportunities for your organization, and monitor the health and momentum of innovation portfolios through a simple, information-rich interface.

Related Info:

Edit Portfolio Visualization


Power Search:

The Insights Power Search allows you to use boolean queries to enter complex and precise queries when searching for Signals. 

Related Info:

[1/3] The Power Search: Basics
[2/3] The Power Search: Syntactic Sugar
[3/3] The Power Search: Cheat Sheet



Properties such as text fields, dropdowns, or ratings define what kind of information can be saved for an Element. While ITONICS provides Element blueprints with certain Properties, you can use Element Configuration to create your own.

Related Info:

Element Configuration: Property Types and Their Uses


Quick Filter Panel:

The Quick Filter Panel in Explorer contains common filters, such as a general search, a filter by Element Type, and a filter by Element creator. The Quick Filter Panel helps you to quickly and easily narrow down your searches. 

Some quick filters are visible straight away in the header, others are placed in an expandable section. 

Related Info:

Filter Settings


Radar Module:

The ITONICS Radar module allows you to graphically represent complex information and centralize and validate information. It enables you to build up an overview of how different Trends, Technologies, or Startups can impact your organization’s innovation strategy.

Related Info:

Visualize Elements on a Radar
Discover Radar: Part 1
Configure Radar Views


Radar Dimensions:

The ITONICS Radar has different dimensions that help you focus on different areas of importance, accessible through the Radar Configuration feature. Selecting different Element Properties will create different views on the same content, helping you to gain meaningful insights. 

The primary dimensions are Segmentation and Distance; secondary ones are Color, Halo, and Donut.

Related Info:

Visualize Elements on the Radar
​​Modify Radar Dimensions & Settings



Rating content such as Trends or Technologies is central to innovation management within ITONICS. It allows you and your colleagues to pool your expertise and decide whether an Element is important for your organization. You can configure exactly what you want to evaluate - the rating criteria - using Element Configuration.

Related Info:

Rate an Element
Rate Newly Added Content


Rating Criteria:

Ratings help you to evaluate Elements and determine how they might influence your organization. Use different Rating criteria to capture different data points interesting to you and your organization. These can include general characteristics, such as maturity or disruptiveness, as well as organization-specific parameters, like cost-saving potential, internal know-how, or implementation risk. When choosing specific criteria, think of your organizations’ focus. 

Related Info:

Rating Criteria for Trends
Rating Criteria for Technologies



Adding Relations between Elements in Explorer helps to organize the information in ITONICS and provides an overview of dependencies among those Elements. Relations can be used to establish logical connections. 

Relations can also be used in the Radar visualization to gain quick understanding of how particular relations may influence the respective Element. You are able to use three default relation types here: Relates to, Drives/Driven by, and Hinders/Hindered by. 

You can relate Elements in Element Detail Pages. 

Related Info:

How Can I Relate Elements to Each Other?
Relations Mode



Roadmaps are used to plan and steer innovation projects and initiatives with clarity and transparency. Roadmaps provide an easy overview of the current state of innovation activities.  

Related Info:

​​Which Functions Can I Find on the Roadmap Toolbar?


Roadmap Module:

The ITONICS Roadmap module enables you to build scenarios and action plans to bring your innovation strategy to life. It offers an easy way to plan and keep track of your innovation projects across multiple users or teams within dynamic environments.

Related Info:

How to Use ITONICS Roadmap Templates


Roadmap Legend:

The Roadmap legend can be accessed via the toolbar and shows Activity Types, Milestone Types, and Linked Element Types. It also offers quick access to Activity and Milestone Type management.

Related Info:

Which Functions Can I Find on the Roadmap Toolbar?


Roles & Permissions:

A role is the collection of all relevant permissions that a user was assigned by an Organization’s Adminstrator. Roles and permissions equip users to perform specific actions in ITONICS.                                              

Each permission provides access rights to a single action that can be performed and controls what users are allowed to do.

Related Info:

User Roles & Permissions
Where can I see what actions users of different roles can perform in the system?


Search Field:

In the Insights module, the Search Field represents the topic area you want to look into and defines what Signals will be displayed in the list of Signals, and is the basis for what data is shown in the filters and visualizations.

Related Info:

Getting Started with Search Fields



The Radar visualization is usually divided into different Segments to help you translate complex information. In the configuration panel of the Radar, you are able to choose what Property you would like to use to segment the Radar. The Properties available depend on the Element Types you are working with.

Related Info:

Navigate Through Segments
How can I change the segments of my Radar?
Visualize Elements on a Radar



Signals are indicators of potential future change. In ITONICS, Signals of change are collected using machine intelligence that is able to scan through a multitude of dependable sources to collate the most relevant data. 

Signals are collected from sources including news, patents, scientific publications, and are enriched with additional information such as topics and tags that indicate thematic relevance. 

Signals can be collected under an Element in Explorer or under a Search Field in Insights, and can be pinned or turned into Elements.

Related Info:

What is a Signal
Create Element from Signal


Signals Feed:

Every Element in the Explorer contains the Signals Feed. The feed accesses data from our continuously growing data lake which is compiled by our Signals engine, and consists of millions of documents, including news, patents and scientific publications. The feed is generated using the Title and Summary of the Element itself. 

Related Info:

Getting Started with the ITONICS Signals Feed



A Stack contains all Signals or Elements that you have viewed, or are currently working with. The Stack opens on the right-hand side in Insights and Explorer and displays a Signal or Element’s Detail Page. 

The Stack allows you quick and easy access to navigate through Signals and Elements. 

Related Info:

Use the Element Stack
The Signals Stack


Tag filter:

The Tag Filter in Explorer allows you to get an overview of the Tags that you have assigned to Elements. It allows you to reduce and filter your Elements to help you organize and analyze your content. 

Related Info:

Tag Filter Visualization



Tags are keywords or terms assigned to Elements. Tags help you categorize and search for particular content.

Related Info:

Tag Filter Visualization


Timeline Chart:

The Timeline chart in Insights shows the development of Search Fields over time. 

Use this visualization to see whether a topic is trending, or how it has evolved over time, and in context of different countries and industries.

Related Info:

Timeline Chart



Signals are enriched with topics using natural language processing and topic identification. They are displayed as tags on Signals and you can use the Insight's Filter tab to filter for interesting topics.

Related Info:

The Filter Tab

User Management:

User Management is part of the Organization and Workspace settings, and allows you to invite new users to ITONICS, add them to your Workspace, and manage their roles. It also allows you to deactivate users that shouldn’t have access to your Organization anymore.

Related Info:

Organization Administration: Users


There are a number of different visualizations available in ITONICS that allow you to visually represent and communicate your trend and technology portfolio, your innovation initiatives, or the development of Signals. 

Examples are the Radar and Portfolio visualizations in Explorer, and the Cluster and World Map visualizations in Insights. 

Related Info:

Cluster Visualization
World Map Visualization


As an Organization Administrator, you can create Workspaces to structure your Organization, manage who can access content, assign user roles in a more granular fashion, and customize what Elements look like for specific use cases.

Related Info:

Creating and Setting up a Workspace


Learn More:

[DOWNLOAD] The ITONICS Innovation Glossary