Labels and Issues are both used to organize and classify data. So why does FiscalNote use both, and why is it recommended to use both?
Issues are usually defined by teams and their users, depending on how they think about their work. Most of the time, they aren't always so binary or black & white. Labels allows you to monitor cross-issue themes or sub-topics. Choose to monitor themes such as Manufacturing across you Issues by using a Manufacturing Label, or choose to use Manufacturing as an Issue and monitor sub-topics such as Airbags or Seatbelts.
Review how they differ when getting started to ensure your implementation meets your monitoring and reporting needs.
Issues: Data Organization & Storage
Issues are different from Labels in that they give users the equivalent of a desktop folder within FiscalNote, in which policy documents, stakeholders, and other resources can be added. Choose the Issue to store the document in while you are on the policy document's page:
Resources are neatly organized into tabs and are accessible by every team member who has access to the Issue. They're great for information sharing, collaboration, and aligning your team on any current goals or initiatives.
Users click through each tab and use the available filters to find any specific sets of information they may need. Below shows a user clicking through the tabs, then locating the State Regulation that was added above:
Labels: Data Classification
Labels do NOT provide a virtual storage space within FiscalNote. Think of Labels as tags or additional naming mechanisms, by which all data can be organized. Use them to classify policy documents by sub-topic, or track lobbying activity.
Labels can then be used as Filters throughout FiscalNote, helping you find the specific information within an Issue that you might need: