Customizing the way you see content in IBM Knowledge Center
One of the biggest differences between IBM's Information Centers and IBM Knowledge Center is the ability to pick and choose the content you want to see. In our ICs, it's true you could change your search scope with advanced search, but in IBM Knowledge Center you can just view the content you want to look at, without dealing with the millions of other pages of content we have!
We store these customized views in a special container called My Collections, which is a tab on the Table of Contents (right above the Search Results tab).
Creating your own collections
To create collections you add topics (and subtopics) from any content you want in IBM Knowledge Center. So from any individual topic, click the Add to Collection drop down. The menu will ask you if you want to add the topic to an existing customized collection or to a new one:
If you want to add a whole subset of topics from a product's table of contents, you can right-click directly on a container topic and select one of the Add this topic and its subtopics... choices in the menu. Again, you will be able to add the sub-tree of topics to a brand new collection or to an existing collection.
Regardless of whether you choose to create a new collection, or add to an existing one, you will be asked to sign in with your IBM ID if you haven't already. Why do we do this? Because it's your personal view of our content, and whenever you sign into IBM Knowledge Center, you can get to that view directly by clicking the My Collections tab in the navigation.
Note you can add content from multiple products, or from within a single product. It's up to you how detailed or simple your collection becomes. Also, because custom collections are made from IBM Knowledge Center topics, you can open them and use them exactly like you would any other topics in the system (share, comment, like and so on).
Because collections are essentially links, they also stay current. If topics change or become revised, your collections are always up-to-date with the most recent information.
Currently, you can't limit your searches to just your customized collections, or share them with other people directly through IBM Knowledge Center. But we're working on that :)
Viewing and customizing your collections
Once you've added the content you want, you can see the topics you've added in My Collections--grouped under the appropriate collection name. From here, you can view the collection directly without navigating or searching through IBM Knowledge Center in general.
You can also rename the collection, add a description of what it is, delete topic entries, or even re-arrange the order of topics and groups of topics.
To revise your collection, click the collection name in the My Collections table of contents. You should see the Edit command on the right hand side (either link works!)
When you click Edit, you can change the title of your collection, add a better description than "My custom collection," delete individual entries in the collection, or re-arrange the order of topics in your collection (that's what the up and down arrows do). Here I've changes the title to "cloud platforms" and the order--I've moved the section "Cloud enablement with platforms" to come after the "CICS applications" section:
Once I click the Save link, my customized collections will reflect the changes I made, and I can go directly to just this information when I sign into IBM Knowledge Center:
You can see the order of my topics, and my title, has changed as the result of editing the collection. The topics themselves will stay up-to-date, and I can reach this custom collection whenever I sign in to IBM Knowledge Center.