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An introduction to a community-based process for the development of web portals by the Nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

An introduction to a community-based process for the development of web portals by the Nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

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  • 1. Community Development ofPortals within the GBIF Network A primer
  • 2. Joint collaboration demonstrates strength of GBIF network• Nodes require national/regional portals to engage their local communities• Collaboration is cost-efficient• Common platform supports re-use of components
  • 3. The NPT is• A website construction platform• Extensible to accommodate custom needs – New features added by Nodes community – Shared with other Nodes• Flexible in regard to hosting – May be installed and run at the Node – May be hosted by another Node
  • 4. NPT Platform
  • 5. A website construction platform• NPT is a website building tool• Provides a foundation for extending features and capabilities = NPT
  • 6. NPT is built on an open source platform• A “content management system” called Drupal• Drupal is the basis of millions of websites worldwide• Actively maintained by over 12,000 developers
  • 7. Drupal is widely used in biodiversity informatics
  • 8. The basic NPT platform provides everything needed to start a web site Non-technical staff can just start adding content!
  • 9. The NPT provides hosting options so that Nodes who can’t host a web site can still have one
  • 10. NPT StartupDescribed as NPT 1 at the 11th Global Nodes Meeting and in some documents
  • 11. NPT can be extended by creating and installing Modules
  • 12. One module might display a calendar on your site
  • 13. We will kick-start the NPT process bydeveloping two modules that access data from the GBIF portal These modules are directed towards Nodes with little web development capacity
  • 14. One module will display a species checklistbased on occurrence data in the GBIF portal
  • 15. A second module will display a GBIF data map for each taxon in the species list
  • 16. NPT Startup SummaryThis configuration is a starting point for furtherdevelopment• Provides a customizable website / portal• Provides foundation for further modules to be added• Displays GBIF portal data as data maps for your country or region
  • 17. NPT AdvancedTo drive the development of your own portal
  • 18. Next: Kick-start the community- development process• GBIF funds support development of core NPT component modules• These modules are – identified & prioritized by Nodes community – developed by Nodes community
  • 19. Nodes Investment in new functionality• Nodes extend the platform with new modules A module we all need A module I need
  • 20. Promote the community-driven development of NPT• GBIF promotes training and use of NPT
  • 21. Different nodes may implement different sets of modules to meet their specific needs
  • 22. Nodes Portal Toolkit More information at: