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Learning Resources

by Khristine Custodio last modified May 26, 2014 08:52 AM
Download and watch instructional videos, and read online references on how to use the IW:LEARN Website Toolkit and useful extensions. It is recommended to save a copy of the videos by right-clicking on the link and selecting 'Save link as...'.
Web Mapping 101

webmapping.gifRecorded during the 2013 Nairobi ICT Workshop which put focused on data visualization (for non-GIS personnel) and presented by Mr. James Osundwa, former UNEP GIS Developer and now UN Habitat GIS Consultant, this presentation aims at demistifying web mapping applications, introducing and explaining common terminologies, and inspiring web mapping application ideas. It presentation covers an overview of the process of designing, implementing, generating and delivering maps on the World Wide Web with little technical know-how, the evolution of digital mapping, and a visit to exemplars of web mapping. A must-view for project members who are just starting with mapping.


Download/watch the video: Part 1 I Part 2 I Part 3 I Part 4

Geo-referencing contents using Collective.Geo

collective.geo.jpgCollective.Geo is an extension that enables geo-referencing of Plone content types and displaying information over a map. The best thing about this tool is that one does not need GIS knowledge to be able to use this.
Download/watch the video on how to work with collective.geo.

Adding Portlet Page

portletpage.pngPortlet Page is an add-on content type (add-on product) which is similar to a standard Page, but it has a "Manage portlets" tab, from which you may assign portlets into four slots. This content type will give you the flexibility to layout a page view into a combination of 2-column rows and single rows.

In the website toolkit, PortletPage is commonly used for the homepage and main pages for major sections of the website, such as in http://iwlearn.net/community or http://www.coraltriangleinitiative.net.

Download/watch the video on how to add a Portlet Page.

Creating simple markers on GoogleMaps


This is a basic starter on using Google Maps to geographically visualize important locations for your project, such as your office location, the location of the focal points, demonstration sites, etc. Embedding Google Maps in your web page without requiring JavaScript is very possible without advanced knowledge. This video recorded during the 2013 Nairobi ICT Workshop is a good starting point for learning how to create your first simple map on GoogleMaps. Download/watch the video recording.
More on GoogleMaps for Developers tutorials.

Batch Uploading using NetDrive


For batch or multiple file uploading and downloading, NetDrive is an easy third party tool to use that will allow you to connect all of your web files and folders to a local PC drive from anywhere in the world. View the slide presentation.

Adding Feeds

images1.jpgFeed is a data format used for providing users with a summary or update of a website's recently added content. Web feeds automatically transfer information from one website to another without any human intervention. It is normally designed to be machine-readable rather than human-readable, but RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator".

The Feed Folder item acts as a  "feed reader", or "aggregator" that checks subscribed feeds regularly, depending on the selected transition option, for new contents or any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface reading and monitoring the feeds.

The Feed Folder can be used internally to pull and monitor new contents and updates from related websites, i.e. partner, donor or stakeholder websites, or to stream news, events or updates from relevant sources for publishing to the project website.

Download/watch the video on how to add a Feed Folder.

Adding Collection

copy_of_images1.jpgCollections allow you to create a filtered list of content items using one or more criteria. It can be added inside folders or collections.

There are many advantages to using a collection such as:

  • every collection includes its own RSS feed so you don't need to generate your own XML file
  • collections can consolidate items from different folders on the site so that they are listed in a central location
  • collections can be used for portlets
  • collections let you exclude one or more content types from a list of items, e.g., when you only want images to appear on a folder's list of items

In the Website Toolkit, you get by default two collections - Events and News. Another example for the use of a collection is for pulling images from different locations in your website into a single view for your photo gallery page.

Download/watch the video on how to add a collection.

Adding Webform

webform.gifA webform enables users to input and submit data to a server for processing. It resembles a database form since it also uses checkboxes, radio buttons or text fields. It is normally use for online feedback submission, online registration or surveys. The website toolkit uses a Plone add-on product PloneFormGen in creating webforms. By default, the website toolkit already include one webform - Contact form.

Download/watch the video on how to add a webform:
Part 1Part 2Part 3

Adding Newsletter

ebulletin.jpgA newsletter is a regularly distributed publication generally about one main topic that is of interest to its subscribers. EasyNewsletter is an add-on product for Plone that is heavily based on ‘Collection’ item type, so it is required to know how to create a ‘collection’ first (Click here to learn how to add a collection).

EasyNewsletter is a simple but powerful newsletter product with mailing handling features for Plone.

Download/watch the video on how to add a Newsletter Part 1Part 2 or how to use EasyNewsletter to distribute your newsletter in PDF.

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