14 November 2008

ILEIA's repository on sustainable agriculture

At yesterday's informal meeting on 'Making Agricultural Information Available and Accessible,'Wilma Roem explained how the LEISA repository of ILEIA and its 6 partner organizations works to make accessible the practical information on sustainable agriculture they have created in the past 25 years.

Through the www.leisa.info website, they make accessible a repository of 4100 full text multilingual articles from the journals published by the network partners (located in different parts of the world). This is both the recent ‘born digital’ material as well as older content that has been ‘re-born digital’ through digitization.

Their repository contains full text documents in PDF and html formats; they encourage translation and re-use of the content, they recently introduced RSS feeds on different topics, and the whole system is OAI compliant.

In early 2008, ILEIA did a review of the websites. This revealed a mass of good content that was not as visible as it could be. To address this, some of the new tools they introduced were:

• Google analytics – to better understand visitors and trends
• Google site map – to better expose the content to Google’s search engines
• Social bookmarking with delicious
• RSS feeds
• A new and improved search page

View Wilma's presentation:

Listen to Wilma speaking on the LEISA portal earlier in 2008.

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Story by Peter Ballantyne

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