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2010/03/03-Updates in BITrum web-site system: restructuring and contents

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
2) contents
3) public area
4) private area
5) glossary area

1. In general, the ensemble of sites and sections has been systematized:

a) Considering the web-site

  • public area (one in English, other in Spanish)
  • private area (bilingual)
  • the glossary (bilingual)
  • blog 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 interdisciplinary frame.
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 every area-homepage.


e) The area name where one is located is always at the upper left side. It contains a link to the homepage of every area.


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 coloured background.


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 (objectives, methodology…)
  • 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 scientific gatherings.
  • 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

4. Concerning 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 announcement).
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 area:


  • sections are systematized (distinguishing between Spanish, English and bilingual pages –in the last case using Latin descriptors).
  • an 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 here)
Figure 4: Homepage of the Glossary area

  • Information 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.