02 April 2008

AgroWeb portal managers meet in Hungary

FAO's Michal Demes forwarded information about a recently-concluded 'Regional training workshop for portal managers and coordinators of thematic communities in the AW Network.' Participants were drawn from the three AgroWeb networks - CAC, CEE, and SEE (check the sites for their scope).

According to the introductory material for the workshop: "Lately, the development of the Network has stagnated, partially as a result of a lack of personal (face-to-face) communication. Attempts to share knowledge and best practices 'virtually' have not been as successful as workshops and conferences in the past." Hence, the organizers felt the need for this face to face meeting.

Beyond the community aspect, the Network also faces technological challenges. The organizers felt it is "of crucial importance to use up-to-date technology and tools for successful networking and effective work." In this vein, a "recently conducted review of the AgroWeb concluded that the Network urgently needs to be enhanced with new tools, in particular those based on Web2.0 technologies, ..."

This workshop was designed to train the participants in the adoption of a new technical platform and Content Management System (Typo 3).

According to the summary and conclusions powerpoint, "adoption of CMS agreed in principle for pilot phase"; a series of follow up steps will now be put into motion.

More on AgroWeb:

The AgroWeb international network was established in 1998 by organisations and individuals involved in agricultural and rural development in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Former Soviet Union (FSU) countries in order to contribute to agricultural and rural development by facilitating the generation, collection and dissemination of agriculture related information, sharing knowledge and best practices.

AgroWeb is maintained by volunteers from participating countries (Balkan region, New Independent States, Baltic States, Caucasus region and Central Asia, and European Union). Currently, it consists of 25 national portals, which provide access to information in a standard format and structure about agriculture-related institutions - ministries, libraries, information centres, universities, research centres, NGOs, agro-marketing organisations and organisations involved in the European integration process.

More information on the workshop is available on the AgroWeb Hungary Typo 3 web site ...

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