Joining the Organic.Edunet Network
About the Portal
The Organic.Edunet Web portal provides access to thousands of learning resources on Organic Agriculture, Agroecology and other green topics, including sustainability, ecology, biodiversity, environment and energy. It features a multilingual user interface and provides access to learning resources in various languages. The resources available through the portal are mainly target to school level (teachers and pupils) and university level (tutors and students). It also features a vocational training section providing access to related content, aiming mostly at adult/lifelong learning education. The resources are of various types, including reports and guides, handbooks, presentations, web resources (web sites), educational games, experiments, lesson plans etc. The portal provides four different search functions for content retrieval (text-based, tag-based, browse and semantic search) as well as a search mechanism for retrieving competencies. There are different sections of the portal dedicated to school material, vocational education and educational scenarios.
Why publish your digital collection to Organic.Edunet Web portal?
- The portal is really active and receives a high number of visits from unique visitors all over the world per month - so will your resources! By March 1st, 2014, the portal has received almost 199,900 visits and more than 591,000 pageviews from more than 166,000 unique visitors coming from 192 countries all over the world!
- Your collection will feature your institutional/collection logo and will bear the Organic.Edunet Quality Assurance badge.
- You collection will stand next to collections of accredited organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Organic Eprints and institutional repositories from all over Europe (including the Agricultural University of Athens, Corvinus University of Budapest, Estonian University of Life Sciences, University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine of Bucureşti etc.), which have already joined the Organic.Edunet Network.
- Only accredited and high quality collections can become members of the Organic.Edunet Network!
- You will become a member of a dynamic and privileged group of Organic.Edunet Content Providers, shaping the decisions regarding the way Organic.Edunet evolves
- You do not give away your content: Only the metadata records describing your resources will be published through the Organic.Edunet Web portal along with the link to the actual resource, stored in your server.
- Access to the Organic.Edunet Web portal and its services is and will remain free! The portal is sustainable through the support of related EU-funded projects, so there is no cost for its usage. A free registration to the portal will only enable a number of social features, such as tagging, rating and reviewing resources.
Before you Connect
Before connecting to Organic.Edunet, please take the following into consideration:
- Organic.Edunet is about educational material in green topics, so your repository should include educational resources in the areas of organic agriculture, agroecolgy and other green topics, such as sustainability, ecology, environment, energy etc.
- Organic.Edunet aggregates metadata records, so your repository system/tool should support the exposure of metadata through an OAI-PMH target.
- Organic.Edunet has its own metadata application profile, so you will be probably asked to map the elements of your existing metadata application profile to the Organic.Edunet metadata elements. The process is relatively easy and will be supported by our team in all steps.
In any case, you may contact us at email@example.com for further information about the connection of your collection to Organic.Edunet.
What are the steps for joining the Organic.Edunet Network?
We are always in the process of searching for new collections to be published through the Organic.Edunet Web portal, so it is really likely that you will receive an email from us, asking you to investigate the possibility of collaboration in this direction. However, if you are interested in joining Organic.Edunet and publishing your resources through the Organic.Edunet Web portal, you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, in order to initiate the process.
- The first step is the initial communication and the acknowledgement of the new collection to be connected to the Organic.Edunet Network.
- We will ask you for more information about the collection and your institution by providing you with the Registration Form for New Content Providers.
- We evaluate the new collection in terms of appropriateness and quality of resources and metadata, ensuring at the same time that the Organic.Edunet Pre-Check Core Criteria have been met and accepted by the content provider.
- A simple and descriptive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the form of a Data Exchange Agreement (DAE) is signed by both parties, clarifying the most important aspects of the collaboration.
- More detailed information about the existing metadata that you may be using and the system that hosts your collection should be provided to us using the Collection/Repositoy Registration Form.
- The optimal way of collecting the metadata records is selected (e.g. harvesting, ingestion), according to the technical capabilities of your system.
- After a testing & calibration phase, your collection will be ready to be published through Organic.Edunet.
How can you contribute your resources?
Depending on the technical capability of your system, there are three different ways to connect to the Organic.Edunet Web portal:
- If you have a collection of resources which are not described with metadata but still you would like to make them available through Organic.Edunet, you will need to setup one of the metadata annotation tools currently compliant with Organic.Edunet.
- If you have an existing collection of resources, which are described with metadata but cannot be exposed through theOpen Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), you will need to follow an ingestion process.
- If you have an existing collection organized in a repository, and the metadata of your resources can be exposed through OAI-PMH, we can automatically get them by harvesting metadata.
If you do not currently have a Content Management System, we can guide you through the process of selecting and setting up one of the tools currently compliant with Organic.Edunet.
Please keep in mind that there is currently no option for individuals uploading individual resources, but we are working on making this option available!
Making the agreement more official
In order to make the agreement between you and Organic.Edunet more official, and to make sure that both parties feel more comfortable with some aspects of the collaboration clearly defined, we will make use of the following two documents:
1. Data Exchange Agreement (DAE): In simple words, this document is an agreement between your institution and Organic.Edunet. The DAE has to be signed by both parts (Organic.Edunet and the new content provider), confirming the agreement on these basic aspects of the collaboration.
2. Registration Form: This is a form that will be used for the registration of your collection in the Organic.Edunet Network. It includes contact information, the logo of your collection/institution as well as information about your collection and your institution.