African Great Lakes Inform is a groundbreaking online platform that provides cutting-edge information about the African Great Lakes never before available in one place.
How is African Great Lakes Inform different from other data initiatives?
African Great Lakes Inform brings the most critical information on management strategies, programmes, projects, data, maps, and tools into one place for leaders, decision-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders. African Great Lakes Inform does not seek to be a comprehensive database, but rather a platform that integrates and curates the most critical information that is needed to guide decisions in each theme.
Who is African Great Lakes Inform for?
African Great Lakes Inform is for scientists, resource practitioners and decision-makers working on the African Great lakes and who want to find and share resources, collaborate, and partner to protect, restore and sustainably use the African Great Lakes.
Who is leading African Great Lakes Inform?
African Great Lakes Inform was developed by The Nature Conservancy, under the guidance of the 2017 African Great Lakes Conference and in collaboration with the Lake Tanganyika Authority Secretariat. The Conservancy is in the process of transferring ownership and administration of the site to two partners: the University of Nairobi and the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education. Although the Conservancy and its partners manage and administer the site, the scientists, leaders and practitioners in the AGL region drive the content on African Great Lakes Inform.
How is African Great Lakes Inform funded?
Initial development of the platform was funded through private foundations. Generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation created the African Great Lakes Conservation Fund that the Conservancy administers and will support management of the site by a grantee from 2018 to 2020.
Where does your data and information come from?
All initial content under the resources library has been provided by the African Great Lakes Conference or entities working in the African Great Lakes region. Future data, projects, papers, and other information will be provided by the growing network of freshwater experts working on the African Great Lakes. Updates on this process are being developed during 2018-2019. Notable appreciation goes to The Nature Conservancy's Sarah Hagen for her work with conference staff and stakeholders to write and post most of the initial content in 2017.
When will people be able to contribute content?
We are working on refining the process of public content contribution to ensure we have a structure in place to review and approve content for accuracy, credibility, and relevance. We expect to begin inviting users to directly contribute content by early 2019. In the meantime, please send any requests to add content to the site to African Great Lakes Inform staff via the contact page.
What's the status of the site?
The first version went online in May 2017 at the African Great Lakes Conference. After the conference, African Great Lakes Inform was refined and updated, resulting in the current version which was launched in January 2018. The University of Nairobi and the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education are currently taking over management and administration of the site. Stay tuned for updates.
Can I create an account?
Not yet. This feature is anticipated to be available very soon!
What's the idea behind the core pages of results, strategies and investments?
African Great Lakes Inform is designed to improve information and resource sharing across six themes. As part of this, we do more than give users access to existing resources. We provide context for how a theme is being addressed (Strategies), detail what people are doing (Investments) and highlight what we’ve accomplished (Results).
Why is some content not yet available?
African Great Lakes Inform staff have been hard at work determining what content to showcase on the site, and sourcing the information they find most valuable in sharing. As the University of Nairobi and the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education take over the site during 2018-2019, they will be working with key stakeholders to refine and publish additional content.
What geographies does African Great Lakes Inform cover?
African Great Lakes Inform currently focuses on seven lakes and their associated river basins and border nations: Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Kivu, Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Turkana and Lake Victoria; Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
How can I find all of the information pertaining to my country or lake?
On the Search page, you can filter all site content by lake or country. On the Resource page, you can filter resources by lake or country.
Why submit content to AGLI?
AGLI’s purpose is to positively inform policy and management of the African Great Lakes. By joining the AGLI community and sharing content that supports the ongoing work in the Great Lakes or in one of the six site themes, you can contribute to our mission of uniting science, practice and policies in region. You can connect with other experts in the region as well. On the “Who We Are” page, you’ll find a section called “our contributors” with a list of others who have submitted information to AGLI.
What should I submit to AGLI?
Any information submitted should support the ongoing work in one or more of the seven great lakes or six thematic areas. We’re looking for articles, success stories, projects, best practices, maps, tools, data, programmes, reports, plans, jobs & training information. Please only submit your work, or work you have permission to post. When submitting published articles, check the copyright requirements of the publisher.
How does my content get published to the site?
When you add a piece of content, you will be able to save as: draft, or “submit for review”. Save your content as “draft” if you are not ready to submit it for review by one of our site monitors. “Submit for review” if you are ready for the site monitor to review your content. You will receive a notification when you have successfully submitted your content, and then again once the site monitor either publishes your content, or chooses to send it back to you for more information. If for some reason the content is not relevant to the mission of AGLI, the site monitor may choose not to publish your information. You will also be notified in that event.
How do I turn off email notifications?
You will be given the choice to turn off automatic email notifications when you create your profile, or by editing your profile. If you do choose to receive email notifications, they will not be excessive. You will only receive automatic email notifications when you submit content, when your content is approved and published, if your content requires further detail, or if your content is not published to the site. By submitting content to AGLI, other contributors or site monitors may reach out to you by email.
Editing Existing Content
How do I edit content I already submitted?
If you need to edit content that has already been submitted for review or published, you should contact the site administrator: https://www.africangreatlakesinform.org/contact-us. They will then return your content to a draft form that you can edit.
I’m leaving my organization or have someone else that is responsible for the content I submitted to AGLI. How do I change the primary contact on the content I submitted?
Please send us a note if you need to update the contributor for a piece of content. https://www.africangreatlakesinform.org/contact-us
User Profile and Privacy
If I chose to hide my profile, what information can others see?
Other users will only see your display name, email, and any content you contributed. Site administrators will be able to see all of your profile information except for your password. Site administrators are the owner and operators of African Great Lakes Inform. We will not sell or share your information.
If I chose to make my profile public, what information can others see?
Other users will be able to information added to the fields in the section labeled “public”. If you click on “my account” on the green menu bar, then “view”, you can preview what other users will see. Site administrators will be able to see all of your profile information except for your password. Site administrators are the owner and operators of African Great Lakes Inform. We will not sell or share your information.
I am having issues with the location section of my user account. How can I fix it?
Some users have issues with certain internet browsers. Try creating your account with a different internet browser. If the issue persists, contact us: https://www.africangreatlakesinform.org/contact-us