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February 17, 2010

Highlighting research at the Biological Station.

One of my goals is to help the Biological Station greatly improve how it highlights the many research projects that take place here. For the smaller projects, I foresee a single webpage that highlights the PI(s), associated researchers, a project overview and directs users to associated research sites and publications.

In some cases, several projects at the Station fit together and display the manner in which the Station and its researchers are making contributions to entire swaths of the environmental sciences. To do this fact justice, it will be necessary to create a distinct website that unites these projects.

One of my upcoming projects will be to unite the forest ecosystem research that goes on at UMBS under one website. This website will actually be a subsite of the main data website in terms of the URL but will be unique in most regards.

This is the initial site map as drawn up by Luke Nave:

leaf graphic

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And here are some notes to accompany:

Tier 1 page (homepage) publishes the study site overview, a pretty pic or two, and a side bar of links to all the tier 2 pages (individual project pages plus biodiversity, search & for educators pages)

Tier 2 pages for the individual projects publish project overviews: what each project is studying, why, how it is relevant and important to society. Also, props to funding agency, news and notes to describe recent work & progress, and contact info for each project.

Each tier 2 project page has a sidebar of links to its tier 3 pages, which include personnel bios, methods/instrumentation, recruitment opportunities, pdfs of papers and presentations

We’ll have to figure out how to use this site to link to your work on cataloged project data

Posted by kkwaiser at February 17, 2010 11:37 AM

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