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Presentation by Chandrabose Sembhoo (AREU)at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

Presentation by Chandrabose Sembhoo (AREU)at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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  • 1. The use and management of RSS feeds by a network of agricultural information specialists to support information exchange among regional stakeholders in Southern Africa 26 – 29 April Montpellier IAALD XIIIth WORLD CONGRESS Chandrabose Sembhoo Krishan Bheenick ICART
  • 2. SUMMARY
    • Information sharing pathways …
    • Users & websites
    • RSS
    • The SADC-AIMS NES
    • SADC AR&D specialists involvement
    • Challenges for a sustainable SADC-AIMS web portal
    • Concluding notes
  • 3. Information sharing pathways PRINTS MEETINGS TV RADIO INTERNET AR&D Institutions
  • 4. User Interaction with AR&D websites
    • AR&D websites:
      • Too many and scattered
    • Users:
      • Too many websites to consult: time consuming
      • Unaware of updates or changes in websites
    • The Challenge
      • Get all information and updates without having to access individual websites
    • SADC-AIMS Strategy
      • RSS Feeds on SADC-AIMS web portal via SADC-AIMS News & Events Service (NES)
  • 5. What is RSS?: The TV broadcast analogy TV = COMPUTER ARERIAL / DISH = INTERNET TUNING IN = SUBSCRIPTION
  • 6. Feeds on SADC-AIMS web portal To read news feeds: use a news reader / browser / browser plugins
  • 7. SADC-AIMS NEWS & EVENTS SERVICE (NES)
    • SADC-AIMS NES: aggregates, filters and generates news feeds for the SADC region
    • Caters for fields related to agriculture
    • Can exploit feeds from:
      • SADC-AIMS web portal
      • Websites from the region
      • Websites from outside the region
    • Has option to add news and events manually on the web portal
  • 8. SADC-AIMS Strategy Revisited
    • Effectiveness of RSS assessed by AR&D specialists
      • Need to offer stakeholders desired content
      • Relevance can best be determined by humans
      • Proposal of using keywords
      • Allowed better filtering = accurate information
      • Proposed to adopt hierarchical structure for keywords
  • 9. Hierarchical keywords structure
    • From region to country to institution
    • Themes narrowed to become more specific
    • Total keywords?
    • Example: Region, Country, Institution, Topic, Subtopic1, Subtopic2, Subtopic3 …
    • Example:
    • Keywor ds: SADC, Mauritius, AREU, Livestock, Cattle, Dairy, Cheese Production
  • 10. Current status
    • The system using keywords operational
    • Now possible to include and filter for keywords
    • Goes one step ahead:
      • Interprets keywords as TAGS
    • Tagging allows categorisation of content
  • 11. Cliché / Insight
  • 12.  
  • 13. Use Edit Function to Format Text
  • 14.  
  • 15. SADC-AIMS NES at work R & D AgroMet Cattle Livestock Land / water SADC-AIMS internal feeds SADC-AIMS NES news mastering engine External feeds Member States & other websites SADC-AIMS web portal SADC-AIMS web portal thematic pages Member States & other websites
  • 16. Ensuring SADC-AIMS web portal RSS sustainability
    • SADC AR&D network recognise:
    • Need to sensitise national websites holders to upgrade websites to Web 2.0
    • Need to have RSS regionally for SADC-AIMS NES to tap and to redistribute
    • RSS on national websites to be structured accordingly with same keywords hierarchy
    • In the mean time, continue feed news and events manually on the web portal
  • 17. The way forward
    • AR&D specialists will have to:
      • Develop a manual on RSS and SADC-AIMS NES
      • Develop a common keyword/tag vocabulary
      • Advocate RSS / SADC-AIMS web portal
      • Push for Web 2.0 compliance for national websites / share knowledge on RSS / integrate RSS in websites
      • Harmonise the use of RSS in region
      • Bring on board thematic specialists for expansion of the network and for feeding the NES
  • 18. Concluding Note
    • SADC-AIMS NES is a regional initiative that has opened a new era of collaboration within SADC member states in the field of agriculture
    • Everyone, every institution and every member state has a role to play and should participate in its development.
    • Our approach uses technology but brings on board people and their ideas
  • 19. THANK YOU for your attention 26 – 29 April Montpellier ICART IAALD XIIIth WORLD CONGRESS