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Licensing the CBNRM Net web site and its content
The CBNRM Net Web site is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. To view a copy of this license, visit: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/1.0/, or send a letter to: Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA. The three key license terms are:
Specific information on licensing is available in Categories CBNRM Net Newsletters and CBNRM Net Papers.
Technical issues, specifically hardware and software connected with viewing this web site, are covered here.
What is this web site running?
Microsoft Office Suit
If you do not have Microsoft Office, or have an incompatible version of Microsoft Office installed, you can still view the documents contained within this site by obtaining the freely downloadable viewers and converters provided by Microsoft.
This web site follows the HTML 4.01 transitional standard.
It is a goal that this web site appear without viewing problems across a variety of commonly used browsers and versions. It is, however, optimized for IE 5.x and Opera 5. Netscape, especially the earlier versions, are not compatible with the whole HTML 4 standard. As a result, some versions of Netscape do not support some HTML Tags, or the combination of some Tags and some Classes, that are used on this web site. Efforts are underway to address this.
Knowledge management structure
The knowledge on the web site is organized in a number Knowledge Management Elements (Elements) that are hierarchically organized, and subsumed under each other. Starting with the most general and broad level, they are: (1) Knowledge Management Section (Section), (2) Knowledge Management Category (Category), (3) Knowledge Management Group (Group), (4) Knowledge Management Item (Item), and (5) Knowledge Management Page (Page). The latter Element is in several cases reserved for knowledge that is not clearly part of the knowledge management structure.
Web site architecture
There are 5 Sections: (1) Resources, (2) Webhosting, (3) Members, (4) Support, and (5) About. Each Section is composed of a number of Categories, that are divided into Groups and/or Items (and sometimes Pages).
Guidance on file names syntax
HTML, name syntax: (1) As a rule identical with the relevant knowledge management element [i.e., Sector, Category, Group, Item, Page], (2) First-letter capitalization.
PDF, name syntax: (1) No capitalization, (2) Consists of two or more parts separated by underscore; part 1 - author [person last name or organisation abbreviation], part 2 - author first name initial(s) [if author is a person], part 3 - 3-digit running classification number, part 4 - key term(s), and part 5 - abbreviation for language [e.g. ef=English, fr=French, sp=Spanish]. A name will include some or all of the parts. In cases where several files belong in a series, the syntax is slightly different (e.g. part 4 will include a 3-digit running classification number).
Navigating the web site
The way in which the web site's navigation is organized reflects the structured layering of knowledge, that is, the CBNRM knowledge management structure that were devised for the web site (see Knowledge management and knowledge sharing).
Navigation of the web site is made possible in three different ways:
The navigation bars in the page footers are organized in a tiered structure. The top navigation bar is general, and is identical for all pages. The content of the other navigation bars is context specific. In other words, how many navigation bars are available on a particular page, and their content, depend on the location of this page in the overall knowledge management structure. On the navigation bars, higher level links are located to the left. That is, links to Sections will be followed by Categories, Groups and items. Moving to the right may also imply a logical progression, for example, in a series of linked pages
Navigation bars are located at the bottom of all pages. They are:
Searching for CBNRM knowledge
To search CBNRM Net, or to search for CBNRM knowledge on the Internet click here.
Preparing CBNRM knowledge for posting on CBNRM Net
Detailed guidance on how to prepare CBNRM knowledge for posting on CBNRM Net is available (see Category Guidance).
As a rule, and if nothing else is stated, files available for downloading are PDF (Portable Document Format) files. PDF files can be viewed with either the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or a web browser with the free PDF Viewer plug-in. Both are available for free from Adobe. To download and install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.
Visit Access Adobe for help on making PDF files accessible to screen reading utilities. These tools convert Adobe PDF documents into HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize text as audible speech.
PDF files are uploaded with the following security method: 'Acrobat Standard Security'. The following encryption level is used: 40-bit RC4 (Acrobat 3.x, 4.x).
The official language of CBNRM Net is English. The reason for this - and it is not a good one - is simply lack of resources. Parts of the web site will gradually become available in French, as well as other languages.
To those among you that prefer to read CBNRM Net in another language, there are some helpful translation resources available on the Internet. It does not take a lot of time to use them, and the service is free. A good translation service is Babel Fish, available from AltaVista. Babel Fish provides instant translations of all CBNRM Net material into French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Read the detailed FAQ to learn how to optimize the translation results.
CBNRM contains a number of terms and concepts. CBNRM is an evolving field, and moreover a field at the crossroads of other intellectual, scientific and practical approaches to managing local natural resources in developing and transition economies. It follows that the terminology to a large extent is borrowed, and is itself emerging. Category Terminology aims to present this evolving terminology. This Category includes structural terms developed for the purpose of managing CBNRM knowledge on the CBNRM Net, as well as processual terms. Also included are a list or abbreviations and acronyms and a dictionary.
Citation of material from CBNRM Net and all pages and documents therein is encouraged, provided detailed and correct information about the source is given. Suggested citation formats:
Web site use statistics
The counter available on the home page tracks visits to that page. A "visit" is defined as a series of page views by one visitor with no more than 30 minutes in between page views. For direct visits to other CBNRM Net pages see the use statistics below.
The web site use statistics are available in Category Use statistics, per month. Abbreviated use statistics are also included in the CBNRM Net Newsletters (see Category Newsletters). The data in the Newsletter covers Visitors and Page views for selected countries.
Data on the following variables are available: