IBSS Progress Pages

Thanks for the kind words.

I agree we should provide access to more information for each of the highlighted items.

Originally, I was thinking about using a hyperlink to launch an advanced search of the site.

Example – this link for the "Biomass Procurement" certification launches an "advanced search" that yields 13 results:


Notice that this creates different results from a simple search that someone might enter in the "search site" field on the SE-IBSS site, which yields 22 results:


I like this approach because in the first example (advanced search) we give the user multiple relevant results from across the site.

As I continue to add descriptive metadata to resources on the site, the relevancy of the results will continue to increase.

However, as you mention, we could link to specific articles.

I’m not really a big fan of that because over time links change and the user might be missing something else they are interested in (meaning they might be interested in any of the 13+ matches for their query on "biomass procurement specialist."

But, there are some advantages.

By providing a direct link to a specific article or page, we can choose the user’s experience.

Continuing with the "biomass procurement" example, here are four items retrieved from "biomass procurement" advanced search:

  1. http://www.se-ibss.org/publications-and-patents/learning-materials/Course%20outline.pdf/view?searchterm=Biomass%20Procurement
  2. http://www.se-ibss.org/publications-and-patents/presentations/certified-biomass-procurement-specialist/?searchterm=Biomass%20Procurement
  3. http://www.se-ibss.org/news-events/press-releases/certified-biomass-procurement-specialist-program/?searchterm=Biomass%20Procurement
  4. http://www.se-ibss.org/news-events/featured-stories/new-online-certification-course-biomass-procurement-specialist-in-srwc/?searchterm=Biomass%20Procurement

It begs the question: which one would we want to highlight?

For the immediate term, the easiest thing to do is to link all of the highlights to an "advanced search," with the understanding that we will have less control over the message.

I do see the merit in creating an individual article to synthesize and expand on each "bullet point." That will take more time.

There are a few ideas in favor and against adding individual pages for each bulleted item that we should consider carefully.

For now though, I think the most expedient solution to providing access to more information about each bulleted item is to link to advanced search tools.




About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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