oa South African Journal of Information Management - Guidelines for developing agricultural information portals in the Southern African Development Community Region (SADC)
It appears that the innovative use of the Web is more widespread in corporate than government or NGO organizations. For example, corporate organizations are already using portals or sophisticated Web sites to conduct electronic commerce via the Web and provide access to both internal and external information resources and services via the Internet, intranets, and extranets. In Africa, and especially the Southern African Development Community Region (SADC), the Web can become a source of agricultural information for many people, including agricultural researchers and institutions providing agricultural information. Many Web sites point to sources of information rather than the information itself, making it difficult for information end-users to get the information they are really looking for in good time. This problem could be addressed by the use of portals in agricultural research. The purpose of this research, therefore, was to establish the potential application possibilities of portals in agricultural research organizations, with special reference to SADC, examine the major components of a portal and propose a definition for an agricultural information portal. In the article, guidelines are proposed for planning the deployment of portals in agricultural research organizations in SADC.
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