Author guidelines

Authors are advised to make themselves familiar with the functionalities of the platform. The web content management system used supports authoring and publishing contents in the World Wide Web. Different contents, like documents, movies, scientific data or other elements, are stored into a content repository. Integrating semantic web features into the platform allows the facilitation of the knowledge transfer in a web based environment. Authors are recommended to use these functionalities wisely. Authors might contribute to the platform by adding content in various forms:

  • Knowledge Elements are the main content type of the FUNDIV Knowledge Transfer Platform. Use knowledge elements to deliver a structured knowledge entity regarding the functional significance of biodiversity for the provision of forest ecosystem services. Providing context (e.g. location, keywords) and references (e.g. publications, reports, facts) to the knowledge element will allow others to understand the statement. Authors can use knowledge elements to respond to specific questions raised or relate them to hypothesis.

  • Facts can be used to deliver undoubtable facts about a specific topic (Such as "The total area covered by forests of Austria"). The facts can be linked to any other element in the KTP

  • The Biblio functionality can be used to upload scholarly content, such as journal papers and books in order to provide evidence, reference or further readings to the knowledge elements that are published. For each publication the full record on information (authors, abstract, keyword, publication details) will be displayed. Using the RIS format in publishing the content will allow to automatically import the full bibliography for a single publication instead of manually entering the information.

  • By raising questions, registered users of the KTP can drop a scientific question to the community and stimulate a discussion on certain aspect. Providing context to the question (hypothesis, references, location) will allow to focus on a particular aspect. There can be more knowledge elements related to a single question, which allows also different statments to be published for a single question.

  • Adding a hypothesis allows to post a new hypothesis regarding functional significance of biodiversity for the provision of forest ecosystem services in Europe. Providing context to the hypothesis (e.g. references) will allow others to respond more clearly. There can be more knowledge elements of questions related to a single hypothesis, which allows also contrasting statments and observations for a single hypothesis.

  • Locations can be used to add a new regional entity (continents, sub-continents, states, provinces, regions, etc.). The location can be linked to any other content published on the KTP. In this way a geographical reference can provided to each knowledge element. Be sure to check, if the location that is added, isn´t already existing.

  • Some general principles for the discussion and comments:

    • Knowledge transfer is a form of communication between two individuals where each takes on the role of a sender or a recipient. The questioner communicates the knowledge needs to a sender who acts as knowledge resource and answers the questions of the recipient. Different background expertise may lead to misunderstanding between the transfer partners in understanding of questioning or answering. These and other difficulties should be seen as characteristics of every knowledge transfer. It is possible for registered users to provide comments to different elements on the platform.

    • Keep in mind that raw text put on the platform may be ambiguous and often seems ruder than the same words coming from a person standing in front of you. Irony is not always obvious when written. Remember that text comes without facial expressions, vocal inflection, or body language. Be careful choosing the words you write: what you mean might not be what others understand. Likewise, be careful how you interpret what you read: what you understand might not be what others mean. Be polite. Do not hesitate to politely let the others know if you are not comfortable with their tone (e.g., "I feel that you have been sarcastic above, and I don't feel good about it. Let's try to resolve the issue"). Be prepared to apologize. In animated discussions, we often say things we later wish we had not. Say so. Treat others as you would have them treat you—even if they are new. We were all new once.

    • Remind yourself that these are people with whom you are dealing. They have feelings. Try to treat others with dignity. The world is a big place, with different cultures and conventions. Do not use jargon that others might not understand. Use acronyms carefully and clarify if there is the possibility of any doubt.

    • When reverting other people's edits, give a rationale for the revert (on the comments page, if necessary), and be prepared to enter into an extended discussion over the edits in question. Calmly explaining your thinking to others can often result in their agreeing with you; being dogmatic or uncommunicative evokes the same behavior in others, and gets you embroiled in an edit "conflict". Please argue facts, not personalities. Remove or summarize resolved disputes that you initiated.

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