eOrganic: the National Organic Agriculture Information, Training and Networking System

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2009 NACAA Organic Agriculture Super Seminar
Presenters: Dr. Alexandra Stone, Vegetable
Specialist, Oregon State University and John
McQueen, eOrganic Coordinator

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  • eOrganic, your community workspace for organic and sustainable agriculture. eOrganic is funded by CSREES Integrated Organic Program and eXtension, with management provided by Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.
  • eOrganic, your community workspace for organic and sustainable agriculture. eOrganic is funded by CSREES Integrated Organic Program and eXtension, with management provided by Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.
  • eOrganic also provides Forums. You can start a new forum topic, leave comments, discuss topics relevant to content development, project decisions, or whatever you like.
  • eOrganic is about you. As a member of eOrganic you maintain a page dedicated to you and your interests. You can be found through the user search. Other members can search for your name and/or expertise and learn more about you and your experience and projects.
  • eOrganic is a web community. The eOrganic community consists of Groups. You,as a member, can form a group on any topic, or join existing groups. Groups can be interest-focused (e.g. cover cropping, vegetable farmers, veterinarians, organic student farm coordinators), or project focused (our systems trial, our outreach project). A primary function of Groups is networking and community building. Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other systems trial researchers, Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other dairy farmers in the North East.
  • eOrganic is a web community. The eOrganic community consists of Groups. You,as a member, can form a group on any topic, or join existing groups. Groups can be interest-focused (e.g. cover cropping, vegetable farmers, veterinarians, organic student farm coordinators), or project focused (our systems trial, our outreach project). A primary function of Groups is networking and community building. Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other systems trial researchers, Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other dairy farmers in the North East.
  • eOrganic is a web community. The eOrganic community consists of Groups. You,as a member, can form a group on any topic, or join existing groups. Groups can be interest-focused (e.g. cover cropping, vegetable farmers, veterinarians, organic student farm coordinators), or project focused (our systems trial, our outreach project). A primary function of Groups is networking and community building. Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other systems trial researchers, Join this group to meet and discuss ideas with other dairy farmers in the North East.
  • eOrganic, your community workspace for organic and sustainable agriculture. eOrganic is funded by CSREES Integrated Organic Program and eXtension, with management provided by Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.
  • eOrganic: the National Organic Agriculture Information, Training and Networking System

    1. 1. the National Organic Agriculture Information, Training & Networking System funded by: CSREES Organic Research and Extension Initiative and eXtension
    2. 2. the eXtension Community of Practice and Resource Area for Organic Agriculture
    3. 3. What is ?
    4. 5. Why ? <ul><li>There is limited, credible organic agriculture information available on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Extension personnel are increasingly asked for information on organic agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Many Extension and other LGU personnel have had limited experience with organic agricultural systems </li></ul><ul><li>eOrganic’s Community of Interest (CoI) includes farmers and other practitioners, educators and agricultural professionals (including Extension personnel), and researchers </li></ul>
    5. 6. is new! <ul><li>eOrganic Visioning Meeting, February 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>eOrganic CSREES Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OAREI) funding initiated: September 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal-based collaborative workspace initiated: August, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Developed CoP and content for launch </li></ul><ul><li>Public launch at eXtension.org: January, 2009 </li></ul>
    6. 7. : three missions <ul><li>eOrganic: the National…… </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>………………… .System for Organic Agriculture </li></ul>
    7. 8. : three missions <ul><li>eOrganic: the National…… </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>………………… .System for Organic Agriculture </li></ul>
    8. 10. Science-based information
    9. 11. Science-based information
    10. 12. Experience-based information
    11. 13. Experience-based information
    12. 14. Regulation-based information
    13. 15. FAQs
    14. 17. Public Content <ul><li>In additio n: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask an Expert </li></ul></ul>
    15. 18. Workspace - http://eOrganic.info
    16. 19. Workspace - http://eOrganic.info Members login
    17. 20. Workspace - http://eOrganic.info
    18. 21. Articles are written at eOrganic.info
    19. 22. and ‘fed’ to eXtension.org for publication
    20. 23. Authorship
    21. 24. Full Citations with Links Required
    22. 25. Review - anonymous peer review Each article is reviewed by two anonymous content reviewers before publication.
    23. 26. Review - Cert Check Organic agriculture is legally defined by the federal government.  To ensure that content is compliant with the National Organic Program, all content is reviewed by organic certification experts after peer review and before publication
    24. 27. : three missions <ul><li>eOrganic: the National…… </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>………………… .System for Organic Agriculture </li></ul>
    25. 28. eOrganic - as Training System <ul><ul><li>New initiative: online public webinars for ag professionals and farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organic fundamentals (e.g. soil and pest management) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Issues (e.g. late blight) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Series and single webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The public can participate in live webinars or watch them online as recordings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars will also be worked up into articles as appropriate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the future: short courses </li></ul></ul>
    26. 29. : three missions <ul><li>eOrganic: the National…… </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>………………… .System for Organic Agriculture </li></ul>
    27. 30. eOrganic.info <ul><li>A web community where organic agriculture practitioners (farmers and others), researchers, educators and agricultural professionals (including Extension professionals), and regulators can network, exchange information, work and learn together, and communicate nationally. </li></ul>
    28. 31. <ul><li>eOrganic strives to provide SCIENCE- EXPERIENCE-, and REGULATION- based information on organic agriculture to eXtension. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to bring scientists, farmers and regulators together to create the content </li></ul>Why .info?
    29. 32. web community farmers Other ag professionals researchers Extension professionals certifiers
    30. 33. Why .info? <ul><li>eOrganic must deliver SCIENCE-based information: </li></ul><ul><li>I. Science-based information derived from research conducted in conventionally-managed farming systems that is applicable to organic farming systems. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pest diagnostics and phenology (life cycles) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural pest management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Science-based information derived from research conducted in organically-managed farming systems (on-farm or on organically managed research lands). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrient management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pest management (weeds, insects and diseases) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant breeding and variety evaluation </li></ul></ul>
    31. 34. Why .info? <ul><li>Only recently have LGU researchers conducted research in and for organic agricultural systems; our science-based understanding is limited </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate learning, researchers need to network and learn collectively </li></ul><ul><li>There is no professional society for organic agriculture (no forum for shared learning) </li></ul><ul><li>eOrganic is developing eOrganic.info as a place where the organic research community can network, learn, work, collaborate, and develop eXtension content – the goal is to improve research quality and speed up translation of research findings into information useful to farmers. </li></ul>
    32. 35. web community farmers Other ag professionals researchers Extension professionals certifiers
    33. 36. web community farmers Other ag professionals researchers Extension professionals certifiers
    34. 37. How can foster a research/outreach community?
    35. 38. is about… <ul><li>You … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your personal page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>let others know who you are and what you do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>become nationally recognized for your expertise </li></ul></ul>
    36. 39. is about… Community and collaboration …join and form Research/Outreach Project -based Groups Manage, document and report on your project in one location. Discuss research results, outreach ideas, and experiences Store all images, reports, and presentations for 24-7 access Discuss pressing questions. Stay on top of what your group members are thinking. Make decisions. Work on group projects, including eXtension content, proposals, articles, presentations, problem-solving Federal funding programs increasingly ask for integration of research and extension and publication to eXtension. eOrganic is working to foster integration and facilitate publication to eXtension.
    37. 42. <ul><li>Public content (project description) </li></ul><ul><li>Private content (project management) </li></ul>
    38. 43. <ul><li>We ask these groups to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully describe their project in their public wiki pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join relevant discipline and interest groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a webinar describing the project to the eOrganic community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate a webinar series on a related topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish articles to eXtension </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in eOrganic committees </li></ul></ul>is about… Research/Outreach Project -based Group Networking
    39. 44. <ul><li>eXtension content development group </li></ul><ul><li>University/state organic working group </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory research group </li></ul><ul><li>Organic variety trialing group </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate a webinar series </li></ul><ul><li>Publish eXtension content </li></ul>is about… Community and collaboration …join and form Interest -based Groups Find and network with people with similar interests Discuss research, outreach and participatory experiences Find the images you need Work on personal and group projects, including eXtension content, proposals, articles, presentations, problem-solving
    40. 45. Join us! <ul><li>Become a member of eOrganic! Sign up at eXtension and indicate your interest in eOrganic….. </li></ul><ul><li>Create your personal page – let people know who you are and what you do. </li></ul><ul><li>Join one or more groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions (Ask-an-Expert) </li></ul><ul><li>Write an FAQ. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a new article – by yourself or with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to an existing article. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and deliver a webinar for the CoP or for the CoI. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate a webinar series. </li></ul><ul><li>Review articles. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot a video. </li></ul><ul><li>Start and lead a new group! </li></ul><ul><li>Manage your research/outreach project on eOrganic. </li></ul>
    41. 46. the National Organic Agriculture Information, Training & Networking System Thank You! Questions? funded by: CSREES Organic Research and Extension Initiative and eXtension

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