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Web portals in the domain of CIS: towards categorization of services in Indian environment-an evaluation Subarna Bandyopadhyay Assistant Librarian Grade-II, Deptt. Of Education,University of Burdwan Dr. Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay Assistant Professor, D.LIS., University of Burdwan
What is Community • The Term ‘Community’ has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location sharing an environment (wikipedia, 2010).
Community : a two-dimensional concept • The term ‘community’ has two dimensions – i) ‘community of place’ and • ii) ‘community of interest’.
What is CI • CI is information for the problems and crises encountered by the individuals in their lives. In sort, CI is the information in the community and for the community.
Basic Categories of CI • Survival information such as related to health, housing, income, legal protection, economic opportunities, political rights, civil rights etc. • Citizen action information needed for effective participation as individuals or as group members in social, political, legal, and economic processes • Local information
What is CIS • LA Working Party says CISs are those, which assist individuals and groups with daily problems solving and with participation in the democratic process.
What is community web portal • A community web portal is a web site that functions as a point of access to information about the community in the WWW environment. It presents information from diverse sources in a unified way. The target group being versatile in nature the language interfaces are generally multilingual.
Functions of Community web portal(CWP) • Community Information Services • Survival information • Citizen-action information • Local information • Community communication and interaction • intra community activity • Inter community activity
Objectives • To make an overall study of web portals available in India • To investigate whether these portals have followed any standards in the organization of community information. • How far they are justified in providing information according to the requirements of the community members. • How a unified list can be utilized in digital CIS
Scope of the study • The study is limited to some major web portals available in India - Government based, NGO based and Public-Private Partnership Initiative(PPPI) based.
Methodology • The major thrust areas of CI available in each web portals were studied thoroughly and were listed separately. • Then major broad categories as well as their sub categories were identified and compiled as a single unified list. • This unified list has been incorporated in a software architecture for providing browsing based retrieval (under process)
Web portals : a comparative study Comparative study based on- Language interface(mono/bi-lingual,multilingualetc.) Community communication services(Discussion forum, Mailing list, Instant messaging , etc) Community interaction services(Blog, Wiki, RSS, etc) Emergency support services (Ambulance, hospital, etc) Self information (software used, standard used etc)
Unifiedlist open the list
Conclusion From the study following constraints are revealed • These web based services do not follow any standards in organizing community information resources and services are not multilingual. • Approaches are not integrated. • Efforts are isolated and experimental in nature. In this circumstances a standard category list is required for organizing community information resources. It may help structured browsing in digital CIS