If an article you want to re-share is already in Mercury, it is recommended that you simply locate it and add it to one of your feeds. However, sometimes you may need to duplicate that item, such as if the focus of the piece needs to be changed to work for your own unit's website.
A manual feed is a feed which all items are pre-selected/approved. For more information, see the documentation on automated versus manual feeds.
At the bottom of most every type of content in Mercury, you will see a section called Groups audience, which will let you choose from a list of the Groups of which you are a member. You can select more than one Group by holding down the Command or Control button while clicking on each group's name.
Mercury provides a variety of ways to categorize and tag your content, and understanding their meanings will help you to utilize them effectively.
Core Research Areas
Georgia Tech has organized its research into core areas of special interest, and encourages you to tag News items with these areas in Mercury. These research area tags are used to help find stories:
This section is for tips and tricks to making Mercury easier to use. Feel free to add to this section any tips or tricks you've discovered.
Tips and Tricks Sub-Topics
To be able to change a person's Role (permissions), you must have the Role of Administrator for that group.
About Mercury Groups
Groups serve as buckets for content, and are often associated with an academic unit or office. Separate groups for sub-units can be added as needed. For instance, a research center could have its own Mercury group separate from its parent school or interdisciplinary research institute.
However, the main purpose of groups is not to sort or categorize content, but to control who can edit (and delete) content.
What is Mercury?
Mercury is a Drupal-based content syndication system used to input news and events (plus related photos and videos) for websites. It is the back-end source for the Daily Digest, Campus Calendar, and News Center, as well as for news and event listings on dozens of other campus websites.
What is a Feed?
A feed is a list of content items from Mercury. Feeds let you organize any content from Mercury — your own and others' — and then display it on other web sites. The two most common types of content you will find in feeds are events and news.
Manual versus Automated Feeds
Content can be organized into two types of feeds in Mercury:
In Mercury, a feed ID is a five- or six-digit number that uniquely identifies a single feed (or list) within Mercury.
A feed ID is different from the ID for an individual news or event item. Make certain you are getting an actual feed ID and not the ID for a single item within that feed.