The use and management of RSS feeds by a network of agricultural information specialists to support information exchange a...
SUMMARY <ul><li>Information sharing pathways … </li></ul><ul><li>Users & websites </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>...
Information sharing pathways PRINTS MEETINGS TV RADIO INTERNET AR&D Institutions
User Interaction with AR&D websites <ul><li>AR&D websites:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too many and scattered </li></ul></ul><u...
What is RSS?: The TV broadcast analogy  TV = COMPUTER ARERIAL / DISH = INTERNET TUNING IN = SUBSCRIPTION
Feeds on SADC-AIMS web portal To read news feeds: use a news reader / browser / browser plugins
SADC-AIMS NEWS & EVENTS SERVICE (NES) <ul><li>SADC-AIMS NES: aggregates, filters and generates news feeds for the SADC reg...
SADC-AIMS Strategy Revisited <ul><li>Effectiveness of RSS assessed by AR&D specialists  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to offe...
Hierarchical keywords structure <ul><li>From region to country to institution </li></ul><ul><li>Themes narrowed to become ...
Current status <ul><li>The system using keywords operational </li></ul><ul><li>Now possible to include and filter for keyw...
Cliché / Insight
 
Use Edit Function to Format Text
 
SADC-AIMS NES at work R & D AgroMet Cattle Livestock Land / water SADC-AIMS internal feeds SADC-AIMS NES news mastering en...
Ensuring SADC-AIMS web portal RSS sustainability <ul><li>SADC AR&D network recognise: </li></ul><ul><li>Need to sensitise ...
The way forward <ul><li>AR&D specialists will have to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a manual on RSS and SADC-AIMS NES </l...
Concluding Note <ul><li>SADC-AIMS NES is a regional initiative that has opened a new era of collaboration within SADC memb...
THANK YOU for your attention 26 – 29 April Montpellier ICART IAALD XIIIth WORLD CONGRESS
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The use and management of RSS feeds by a network of agricultural information specialists to support information exchange in Southern Africa

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

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