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An experiment in participatory development of a Soil Quality and Sustainable Agriculture educational website – www.soilquality.org

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Soil quality is the foundation for water and air quality and a primary factor in resource conservation; therefore, knowledge of soil quality concepts is important for sustainable agriculture. Conservationists, extension agents, and consultants commonly access educational and technical information available from websites. Since farmer use of the Internet for subject searches and problem-solving is increasing, websites are a seemingly effective and economical tool for training a functionally and geographically diverse audience. However, the researchers and educators with the most up to date soil quality information may not have the programming expertise or institutional rewards to make website development attractive to them.

Recognizing the barriers to website development, a partnership between various agencies and institutions is trying numerous methods to make content contribution attractive. The partnership’s website (www.soilquality.org) serves as a repository for soil quality knowledge, providing information on basic concepts, assessment and management, with plans to also offer online continuing education credits for completion of various modules within the site. Techniques such as collaborative writing, peer review, online publication, and institutional branding are being used to provide both the latest, most pertinent information and professional recognition needed by potential contributors.

Authors work collaboratively on original content for the website or they can add information to the site to build on another contributor’s work. Importantly, authors receive credit for peer reviewed online publication, which serves as an incentive to contribute additional content. This collaborative approach to website development may serve to keep content current and provide a clearinghouse of useful information.
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Kuykendall, Holli., Andrews, Susan. and Wander, Michelle. "An experiment in participatory development of a Soil Quality and Sustainable Agriculture educational website – www.soilquality.org" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235495_index.html>

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Kuykendall, H. , Andrews, S. S. and Wander, M. , 2008-07-26 "An experiment in participatory development of a Soil Quality and Sustainable Agriculture educational website – www.soilquality.org" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p235495_index.html

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Abstract: Soil quality is the foundation for water and air quality and a primary factor in resource conservation; therefore, knowledge of soil quality concepts is important for sustainable agriculture. Conservationists, extension agents, and consultants commonly access educational and technical information available from websites. Since farmer use of the Internet for subject searches and problem-solving is increasing, websites are a seemingly effective and economical tool for training a functionally and geographically diverse audience. However, the researchers and educators with the most up to date soil quality information may not have the programming expertise or institutional rewards to make website development attractive to them.

Recognizing the barriers to website development, a partnership between various agencies and institutions is trying numerous methods to make content contribution attractive. The partnership’s website (www.soilquality.org) serves as a repository for soil quality knowledge, providing information on basic concepts, assessment and management, with plans to also offer online continuing education credits for completion of various modules within the site. Techniques such as collaborative writing, peer review, online publication, and institutional branding are being used to provide both the latest, most pertinent information and professional recognition needed by potential contributors.

Authors work collaboratively on original content for the website or they can add information to the site to build on another contributor’s work. Importantly, authors receive credit for peer reviewed online publication, which serves as an incentive to contribute additional content. This collaborative approach to website development may serve to keep content current and provide a clearinghouse of useful information.

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