Web users interacting in PROTA information system


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Presentation by Joash Gomba (PROTA) at the IAALD 2010 World Congress - 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier, France

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  • In bold you see the 5 regions of PROTA: East, West, Central, Southern Africa and the Indian ocean islands.
  • These are the 16 commodity groups you are able to use in the search screen.
  • The PROTA web database is operational since January 2005. You submit your search items in 1 or more of the search boxes, click on the appropriate result and see the display of the article about one particular species. Sometimes related species are mentioned as well. The information has been grouped in 25 possible PROTA paragraphs.
  • The paragraphs have to do with the correct nomenclature, origin and geographic distribution, uses, botanical information, agricultural matters and with the prospects of a particular plant.
  • Already for 10 years we worked on a species list with the available correct names, major synonyms, uses and basic references. For PROTA this list serves as the starting point for a new article. For the approximately 6000 species not yet published, we have put this data in a web database called prota4u, along with the already published articles..
  • We also published the data which was collected through our African offices, this source is called Afrirefs. Besides this there are 62 other sources. Relevant parts of these sources were harvested, cleaned and grouped by the Icon group. You can imagine that this was a huge undertaking.
  • A user visiting www.prota4u.info will speak a certain, for this he can adapt the language pop-ups. Then he will be guided towards his interest and read it; might have a look at some pictures or see a video. He can give his comments at the particular paragraph he’s in. He might share with others and be able to save and reuse the information. Authorized people can also edit the information in the paragraphs or remove unwanted thumbnails. If somebody is not authorized, no problem, sent the comment in and we will do the editing work. This process, shown at the left, is reflected at the right as the 4 steps walking through the pages.
  • If you go to www.prota4u.info you get the Search page. The search boxes are the same as with the former web database. For the Geographic Distribution box it is also possible to search on countries. Also your search item and the fields where you entered them are placed on top of the Search Results screen and highlighted on the Record Display screen A star rating system has been added in order to facilitate the user who is interested in a particular category. The ratings are still in development. The sort options, on name and on rating category, are also in development. If you’re not interested in all this, just fill in the plant name you’re looking for, e.g. ‘maize’ and find it.
  • You might want to add or change some info for a particular paragraph. Then you can sent this to PROTA and we will incorporate your comment. Also when you’re having a pleasant feeling about something or you’re annoyed then please sent us your comment! We look for contributors who can give suggestions, who can give comments or who are willing and qualified to edit starter kits.
  • Web users interacting in PROTA information system

    1. 1. Web Users Interacting through PROTA Information System Joash Gomba and Stefan Bertrums www.prota4u.info
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) is a long-term, international and interdisciplinary undertaking to build a high-quality, user oriented, and bilingual information system on the 8,000 useful plants of tropical Africa, classified into 16 commodity groups, as a basis for sustainable ecosystem management, poverty alleviation and economic development. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The rationale <ul><li>PROTA brings the world literature on useful African plants accessible to the public and contributes to the greater awareness and sustainable use of the world heritage of tropical useful plants. </li></ul><ul><li>A comprehensive overview of the state of knowledge on Africa’s useful plants allows for timely identification, conservation and sustainable use of promising species for food security, income generation, medicine development, bio-fuel production, environmental protection and adaptation to climate change. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Organization <ul><li>Initiated in 2000 as a partnership of 11 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive network in 30 countries of Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Global network of over 2,000 scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Partner institutions in Africa and Europe host the 10 PROTA offices </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge synthesis, stakeholder consultations, recommendations, dissemination, utilization, M&E framework </li></ul>
    5. 5. Partners & offices Partner Institutions PROTA Office Makerere University, Uganda Regional Office East Africa National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens, Malawi Regional Office Southern Africa Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza, Madagascar Regional Office Indian Ocean Islands Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, Gabon Regional Office Central Africa Forestry Research Institute, Ghana Regional Office Anglophone West Africa Centre National de Semences Forestières, Burkina Faso Regional Office Francophone West Africa World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Kenya Network Office Africa Wageningen University, Netherlands Network Office Europe Agropolis International, France Country Office France Royal Botanic gardens Kew, United Kingdom Country Office United Kingdom PROSEA Foundation, Indonesia
    6. 6. New partners <ul><li>in-country user trainings </li></ul><ul><li>‘ on-line scientific journal’ programs e.g. AGORA </li></ul><ul><li>‘ off-line scientific journal’ program TEEAL </li></ul>Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), South Africa ICON Group International San Diego, USA <ul><li>Computer automated research and report writing on the web </li></ul>
    7. 7. Documentation Process <ul><li>Regional Offices (6): compile ‘grey’ literature and expertise on useful plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Data Collectors in other regional countries </li></ul><ul><li>Experts contribute to texts and images on particular species. </li></ul><ul><li>Different teams of editors and authors work simultaneously on commodity groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Publish articles in the web database etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Network Offices (2): information gathering, knowledge synthesis, dissemination and utilization. </li></ul><ul><li>Country Office France: knowledge synthesis, dissemination </li></ul>
    8. 8. Plant species classification Number Commodity Group PROTA 1 Cereals and pulses / Céréales et légumes secs PROTA 2 Vegetables / Légumes PROTA 3 Dyes and tannins / Colorants et tannins PROTA 4 Ornamentals / Plantes ornementales PROTA 5 Forages / Plantes fourragères PROTA 6 Fruits / Fruits PROTA 7 Timbers / Bois d’oeuvre PROTA 8 Carbohydrates / Sucres et amidons PROTA 9 Auxiliary plants / Plantes auxiliaires PROTA 10 Fuel plants / Bois de feu PROTA 11 Medicinal plants / Plantes médicinales PROTA 12 Spices and condiments / Epices et condiments PROTA 13 Essential oils and exudates / Huiles essentielles et exsudats PROTA 14 Vegetable oils / Oléagineux PROTA 15 Stimulants / Plantes stimulantes PROTA 16 Fibres / Plantes à fibres
    9. 9. PROTA Web Database <ul><li>5 search criteria: - Scientific names - Vernacular names En, Fr, Po, Sw - Geographic distribution in 5 regions - Uses in 16 commodity groups - Free text search in all fields with boolean operators </li></ul><ul><li>1 article = 1 species mentioned species with little information </li></ul><ul><li>PROTA paragraphs </li></ul>
    10. 10. … Contd <ul><li>Scientific name </li></ul><ul><li>Protologue </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Chromosome number </li></ul><ul><li>Synonyms </li></ul><ul><li>Vernacular names </li></ul><ul><li>Origin and geographic distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Production and international trade </li></ul><ul><li>Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Adulterations and substitutes </li></ul><ul><li>Description </li></ul><ul><li>Other botanical information </li></ul>Anatomy Growth and development Ecology Propagation and planting Management Diseases and pests Harvesting Yield Handling after harvest Genetic resources Breeding Prospects PROTA paragraphs:
    11. 11. PROTAbase => PROTA4U <ul><li>At this moment over 1,200 review articles on about 2,000 plant species. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 8,000 species in PROTA SPECIESLIST </li></ul><ul><li>= Review articles + ‘Starter kits’ </li></ul><ul><li>Speed up the process: + involving larger numbers of stakeholders + making optimum use of data-mining & meta-analysis & intelligent compilation </li></ul>
    12. 12. PROTA4U <ul><li>Starter kits: </li></ul><ul><li>SPECIESLIST (family, synonyms, uses, basic references) </li></ul><ul><li>AFRIREFS database of ‘grey’ literature </li></ul><ul><li>62 other sources: AGRICOLA-Articles, AGRICOLA-Books, Aluka, ANBG, Berkeley-Flora, Berkeley-Fungi, CJB, COL-Fungi, COL-Plantae, CPAM, CRFG, CWAR, DATAD, EcoCrop, EcoPort, eFloras, EOL, FieldMuseum, G-Books, G-News, GRIN, GRIN-Taxonomy, G-Scholar, G-Search, Icon-Biblio, Icon-Timeline, IITA, InsideWood, IPNI, IUCN, KBD, Mansfeld, MBG-IPCN, MedicinalPlants, Metafro, MetroTrees, NARGS, NHN, NPN, PFAF, PlantPictures, PlantSystematics, PlantZAfrica, PROSEA, QBG, RainTree, RBG-KEW, SeedPlants, SEPASAL, SINGER, Smithsonian, TheBotanicalSource, Thumbnails, Tropicos, UPETD, V-Herbarium, V-Herbarium-NTCI, WAC, Wikipedia, Wikipedia-Articles, WorldBotanical, ZipcodeZoo </li></ul>
    13. 13. PROTA4U <ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Show more </li></ul>Language  Read  View  Comment  Share to others  Reuse  EDIT 
    14. 14. PROTA4U <ul><li>Search </li></ul><ul><li>Species name </li></ul><ul><li>Common name </li></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Country or Region </li></ul><ul><li>Free text search </li></ul><ul><li>Sort </li></ul><ul><li>Name - Scientific - Common </li></ul><ul><li>Star ratings - 10 categories (in development) </li></ul>
    15. 15. PROTA4U <ul><li>Search results: </li></ul><ul><li>Plant name (common name) </li></ul><ul><li>2 Thumbnail previews </li></ul><ul><li>Ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View starterkit or PROTA article En/Fr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download PROTA Article </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only show articles </li></ul><ul><li>Montrer que les articles </li></ul>
    16. 16. PROTA4U <ul><li>Display: </li></ul><ul><li>Language pop-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs show more / less </li></ul><ul><li>Star system </li></ul><ul><li>Thumbnails </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>News feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Live tweets </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Add & Share on facebook or Tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul>
    17. 17. PROTA 4U Platform <ul><li>Visit & link to www.prota4u.info </li></ul><ul><li>There is much to discover and improve! </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on this </li></ul><ul><li>We look for contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>