16 October 2006

eXtension: United States national platform and collaboration space

In the USA, eXtension has been established by the State Cooperative Extension System, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the USDA's Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service as a community led portal and collaboration space bringing information and education to agricultural communities.

Particularly interesting for information and communication specialists is the approach and toolkit used - it makes extensive use of blogs and wikis to support content dissemination, discussion lists, videoconferencing, and the mobilisation of individuals through communities of practice. You can see how the public pages on horses are put together behind the scenes through wikis.


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