Project SIP (Sustainable Internet Platform) is the development of a internet based platform implemented per sustainable focussed community in which community members can collaborate and build a sustainability knowledge base based on their expert-matter based focus.
Multiple platform installations can be linked in order to share between communities relevant knowledge based on mapping expert-matter topics.
Below are examples that explain the main fuctionality fo the platform.
Example 1 - Sustainable Agriculte Knowledge Base
This example is the usage of the knowledge base functionality for sustainable agriculte communities. Knowledge for these communities can be classified based on classifications such as:
The number of classifications can be extended and within each of these classifications, unlimited values can be created with a multi level structure. Knowledge content can be linked.
Another classification could be the type of content of which values could be:
The values within the climate classification can follow the Köppen climate classification which is a 2 to 3 level classification.
Example 2 - Collaboration for Education
The collaboration functionality can be compared with a structured chat or email which is called a flow. Each of the types of flows can be fully configured in aspects such as:
A simple flow can be like an email where one community member just informs another about some interesting sustainability fact.
A more complicated flow can be that of an assignment from a teacher to a student.
As the knowledgebase and the collaboration functionality is integrated, a flow can be created to proof read knowledge content. Depending on the classification, a specific subject-matter expert can be assigned in the flow to proof read the content.
Example 3 - Multi-Community
The more communities will use the platform, the better. This because ultimately, the idea is to share knowledge between communities. What knowledge will be shared, depends on the communities which will reflect in the sharing configuration. For example:
Only content of certain classification values will be shared.
The education community will only share agriculture content with farmers as is the content of their interest.
On the other hand, farmers might only share knowledge about a climate that is related to that of the specific education community.
Within the shared content, a mapping between content values of each of the communities can be configured.
The recycling of leave vegetables might be different from fruit crops. This might be a reason to map classifications of certain crops in the sustainable farmer community to different classification values of the zero waste community.
Even though Flow, Knowledge Base, and multi-cummunity are the main functions of the platform, it includes other features to complement these. Below is a list of main additional features of the platform.
Approved content can be shown on websites of organizations which are part of the community. In this way, the platform gets more exposure the the available knowledge within the community.
Web publishing will not replace the portal functionality of the platform itself as classification and search are enhanced within this platform.
Artificial intelligence is used as additional search functionality. As the content is specific to the subject matter of the community, the learning curve is relatively short and the result more acurate.
Not all community members will have access to the platform. As an alternative, emails can be generated to these members in order to be up to date on community activities.
Security is a fully integrated part of the platform. It is controlled through various options such as security levels, organization and project roles and the relation between community members such as the teacher student relation.
The platform is fully multi-language. Both the interface and the content can be created in multiple languages.
The platform supports an organization structure with each organiztion has members of the community. Within education this could be the structure of federal – state – district – school – class structure.
Besides the organization structure, additional structures can be created with the project chart functionality. One project could be the zero waste project within which a clean the beach project could be a sub project. As with organizations, projects have members from the community.
As with web publishing, the platform can push approved content to social networks in order to increase the exposure of the sustainability activities of the community.
Chat / Conference
chat / conference functionality is an extension of the collaboration. Certain collaboration does not need to be centrally stored and structured. In this case, chat can be used. Conference functionality can be recorded and stored as content in the knowledge base.
When implementing the platform, additional development is kept to a minimum as most of the functionality can be configured. Examples of configurability include:
- Fully customizability of the interface to match the vocabulary of the community.
- The flow can be fully customized
- The structure of classification of content can be customized
- Pages can be configured to show content in various ways such as list of most popular or recent content or indexes based on classifications.
- Menus can be customized
- User menus can be customized.