Biosystems Engineering Digital LibraryIncluding
multinational examples in biosystems engineering courses will increase
their global relevance and enhance the learning experience of the
students. The database working group consists of Dr Mary Leigh Wolfe /
Dr Jactone Ogejo / Eric Fouh (VT), Dr KC Ting / Luis Rodriguez (UIUC),
Prof Giacomo Scarascia (UniBa), Dr Jose Maria Fuentes / Prof Francisco
Ayuga (UPM), Dr Enda Cummins / Prof Nicholas Holden (UCD)
and Dr Panos Panagakis (AUA).
Following a series of
initial SKYPE meetings this working group met in Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, USA 15-19 July 2013. The deliverables for the team were
reviewed and agreed as:
on previous group interactions a sample of the library interface had
been developed by Eric Fouh (VT) and was presented to the group. A
detailed analysis of the website ensued with structural and functional
modifications suggested and implemented. The mechanism of uploading and
downloading objects was evaluated over the week. Final taxonomy was
discussed with the topic list and list of objects finalised and agreed.
The object list consists of: Field Report, Article, Requests, Computer
Models/Software, Datasets, Drawings/Plans/Spatial data, Images, Media
Archive Policy/Regulation/legislation Documents, Problems and
Assessments and Videos. The topics were greed and consisted of:
Buildings and Infrastructure, Energy, Environment, Food and Bioprocess,
Information and Communication Technology/Systems, Power and Machinery.
These topics were in broad agreement, and in line with, discipline
norms and cover the breath of activities in Biosystems Engineering.
- Development of digital library with initial objects uploaded,
- Development of a implementation plan
- Development of a dissemination plan,
- Library maintenance plan,
- Evaluation pan
- Publication plan
user friendly interface for the digital library has been created, but
remains dynamic as beta testing of the website is being conducted. The
mechanism of searching through categories, objects and keywords has
been refined with a process now in place. The different input fields
for the various objects (images, videos, datasets etc.) was finalised.
A brand image was developed for the digital library and is on the
website while descriptors and headings were inserted as appropriate.
The deliverables for the meeting were met viz :
- The digital library was developed and sample objects from all partners uploaded.
implementation plan was developed to include: finalisation of the
interface, beta testing with partner and non-partner institutions.
dissemination plan was developed to include dissemination within
partner institutions, addition to institute website, conference
presentations, press release to different institution, peer to peer
dissemination and contact with specific inviduduals interested in
- Discussion about maintaining the library after the life of the project considered possible funding opportunities.
- A publication plan was developed with a series of conference and peer reviewed publications outlined.
summer workshop was successful and plans to conclude the work and
continue after the end of the funding period have been agreed|