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Genesis of eRAILS. Maputo, 25-27 October 2010. Defining needs and requirements: building consensus. Online and face to face consultations between RAILS focal persons RAILS Taskforce meeting in December 2008 in Accra

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Genesis of erails

Genesis of eRAILS

Maputo, 25-27 October 2010


Defining needs and requirements building consensus

Defining needs and requirements: building consensus

  • Online and face to face consultations between RAILS focal persons

  • RAILS Taskforce meeting in December 2008 in Accra

    • SROs and NARS expectations expressed: be linked to existing systems ; training needed to ensure proper and operation of the system

    • Be simple and easy to use

    • End user should be able to create and manage own website

    • Create a unique pool of information on African agriculture, while users will be interlinked through a social network


Testing the prototype

Testing the prototype

  • System was developed based on defined specifications

  • Presented to FARA, SROs and some NARS in April 2009 in Bonn

  • Exposed to wider group of stakeholders in May 2009

  • System fine tuned based on comments


Launching the platform

Launching the platform

  • eRAILS was launched in July 2009 in Accrahttp://www.e-RAILS.net.

  • 40 participants from 32 countries participated

  • Launching ceremony chaired by FARA ED

  • Initial training session was organised


Erails platform the african portal on agriculture

eRAILS PlatformThe African Portal on Agriculture

  • An online platform for communication, content mobilization, knowledge sharing at various levels:

    • National

    • Sub regional

    • Regional

    • International

      http://www.erails.net


Some erails features

Some eRAILS Features

  • Decentralized Content management system (CMS)

  • Range of thematic national portals

  • Integrated and structured environment for enhanced collaboration

  • Clear categorization of contents: Thematic portals (TPs)

  • Easiness of creation of thematic portals (5 min.)

  • Focus on content and not on technology

  • Easy integration of external web-resources

  • Powerful meta-search engine: simultaneous search of all TPs and related external web-resources

  • Tool-box for interaction

  • Etc.


Populating the e rails platform

Populating the e-RAILS platform

  • Training platform developedhttp://preview.erails.net

  • Training Manuals developed

  • Flyer produced and disseminated

  • Sensitization and capacity buildng

    • ASARECA

    • CORAF

    • Sierra Leone

    • Zambia

    • DR Congo

    • Congo Brazzaville

    • Ghana


Thank you for attention

Thank you for attention

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