This is a collaborative project where sweetpotato professionals and scientists come together to share, discuss, and generate new knowledge. Our aim is to provide easy access to all the technical and scientific knowledge on sweetpotato in the world, and by doing so we will improve the nutrition and food security off millions of people.
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Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal Brief ver 2 20121022
Sweetpotato knowledge portal training The Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) is a five-year initiative designed to improve the food security and livelihoods of poor families in Sub- Saharan Africa by exploiting the untapped potential of sweetpotato. It will develop the essential capacities, products, and methods to reposition sweetpotato in food economies of Sub-Saharan African countries to alleviate poverty and under-nutrition.SWEETPOTATO ACTION FOR SECURITY AND HEALTH IN AFRICA
Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal (SKP)• This is a collaborative project where sweetpotato professionals and scientists come together to share, discuss, and generate new knowledge.• Recognize that SASHA had no dedicated communication person• Sustainable: using open source technology (PLONE)
Why a portal?• Many institutions and people have knowledge, but lack efficient channel for sharing it• Sweetpotato knowledge fragmented and not easy to obtain• Project driven research increases problems of knowledge fragmentation• Portal will live on after the SASHA project ends, not project specific
Key elements of SKP• Collaborative space where all are equal• Most information publicly available, but private project spaces• Sweetpotato professionals can contribute• Documentation and recognition of contributions (Dublin core meta data)• Portal based on knowledge structure, and not on geography, institutions or projects
More elements of SKP• Optimized for low bandwidth conditions, especially reduction in ‘number of clicks’• Very easy to contribute content and search• Easy to check for updates• Easy to get overview of structure
Key statistics so far• 4613 content items as of this morning• 735 registered members• Let’s look at some sections: – Home page – Sweetpotato projects/initiatives – Breeding support – SSA germplasm showcase – Google group
New opportunities for knowledge sharing• Over 50 trained at SSP meetings• Web 2.0 makes publishing content on Internet very easy• Internet availability improving rapidly in SSA• Collaborative spaces on Internet more and more common• It is very cheap!