posted 3 Mar 2010, 09:20 by José María Díaz Nafría
updated 22 Oct 2011, 07:48
There are many news,
activities and proposals around BITrum. Any one following our websites may have
a clear picture of the current state of affairs in BITrum. Let us start with
the most visible part, what is more available to all,
namely, the changes in BITrum sites:
1) general remarks
3) public area
4) private area
5) glossary area
1. In general, the ensemble
of sites and sections has been systematized:
area (one in English, other in Spanish)
- the glossary
of contributions (one in English, other in Spanish)
- the recently
launched BITagora (see announcement), developed in collaboration
with the Science of Information Institute,
for the furthering of a new Science of Information as an effective
Figure 1: Details of the navigation boards between areas ("loci BITri") and with area (below)
b) As you may
observe in the loci BITrum board,
the links to Spanish areas are on the left, and the ones to English areas are
on the right, marked with a different colour.
c) The two last
areas (contributions’ blog and BITagora), since they have a different
structure and design (for example, navigation tools are on the right) are
opened at a new window.
d) The homepages of every BITrum area have a different header:
an stained-glass window with small flags to distinguish between English and
Spanish areas and a small lock for the private area; a mosaic of colours with a
shadow for the glossary (we have named “Glossarium BITri” for the sake of
linguistic neutrality and some philological wit). There is some general information about each BITrum area
in every homepage, providing general access
to main sections within the area.
A frame containing a summary of the last announcements
(public, private or glossary related) is to be found on the right side of the
e) The area name where one is located is
always at the upper left side. It contains a link to the homepage of every
f) the navigation board for moving within an area is located right under
the area board (loci BITri). This board (entitled by the area name) is now
hierarchical with dropdown menus. Where a thick arrow is shown, subsection can
be folded/unfolded. The current page where one is located is now highlighted with a
g) Sections within every area
have been systematized in several levels to facilitate navigation.
h) Some other navigation facilities have been added,
as bars and menu boards, where options are symbolised with icons for quick identification.
Thus, under the homepage header image of every area-homepage there is a menu,
giving access to most relevant sections. On the other hand, the contents
arranged under “activities” and “resources” can be accessed
through a menu board.
2. New contents have been added everywhere, aiming at accounting for new approaches,
who we are, our activities and projects, as well as useful resources for
researchers. More or less, public contents
(without the glossary) have grown a 500%.
3. In the PUBLIC
AREA, contents have been broadened concerning:
- the project
- about us
(members and teams)
- ongoing or
done activities: editorial
proposals, proposals to international programmes, DomusBITae initiative,
cooperation with other groups, young research and education, research stays and
- The resources section gives access to: the glossarium BITri, Archive (BITrum
colective publications), Calls, contributions blog (where each author contribution
appears separately), Links (institutions, people and external resources), News.
Figure 2: Homepage of the public area
the PRIVATE AREA, it has been
rearranged in order to serve as a tool for collaborative work. Proposals
-presented to international support programmes or under development for next
submission- are accessible for collaborative edition. It is aimed at enabling a
collaborative development of proposals, providing permanent access to last
changes (go to private area).
- For those who
have forgotten the password, since its retrieval (available in the
identification page) takes time, a generic user has been created as informed
in the homepage of the private area.
- There are two
private announcements: the last one concerning StylusBITae website, for the
collaborative developed of the DomusBITae initiative (see announcement),
the previous one asking for collaboration in the maintenance of BITagora (see
Figure 3: Homepage of the private area
5. The GLOSARY has been made public, right after
polishing formats and contents with an structure similar to than of the public
- sections are systematized (distinguishing between Spanish,
English and bilingual pages –in the last case using Latin descriptors).
announcement channel is summarised at the homepage, to which one may subscribe.
There are now two announcements: the first warning about the backstage work (access
here), the second one, giving thanks for the accomplished contributions (access
Figure 4: Homepage of the Glossary area
about the editorial team has been
published ("consilium editorum").
- A section for
proposing new articles has been
added by means of a data form, which allow to store in a consultable data bank
of proposals (access to proposal section), deleting the earlier page for
proposals previously located in the public section.
- Since the
access to the glossary is now free, editors and authors will only have access to edition tools if they are identified. There is a link to
the identification page at the bottom left side of any page, named “sign-in” or
“acceder”. For those wishing to edit before recovering their passwords a
generic user has been defined.
Figure 5: How to sign in for accessing to editing tools (detail of the bottom of a page)
We hope you find somehow useful what now is to the reach of all,
and these tools serve to the effective interdisciplinary work we are pursuing.