Informing the general public about the challenges of agronomic research is an important mission. An exhibition on the agrobiodiversity of 10 crops, presented in the form of a series of posters, was produced in 2015 by the IRD Communication Department, with the support of the DIADE scientific unit and financial support from the AfriCrop and ARCAD projects. However, the format of this exhibition does not lend itself well to the current dynamic flow of information, which is intended to be fast, accessible and easy to update.
The objective of the project is therefore to develop a multimedia virtual exhibition on the diversity of cultivated plants, accessible via the Internet, and building on the work done for the poster series. This product will allow the exhibition "People and Plants: Cultivating Diversity" to be more widely distributed to its target audiences through greater accessibility, and to better engage them with enriched and more interactive content. It will also allow the content of the exhibition to be progressively updated and enriched, so as to keep the information disseminated at the cutting edge of scientific advances in the field of agrobiodiversity.
The chosen medium is a website which includes a homepage, a page for each plant described, a conclusion page and a quiz page on the exhibition.
The actions carried out are :
Definition of the content of the site
Design and creation of the site (architecture, graphic design and music)
The production of interviews with researchers (videos included in the site)
Training in the maintenance of the site
In addition, a page "A word from Agropolis Fondation" allows the foundation to express the motivations of its support to the project.
The main outcome of this project is the creation of a multimedia (interviews, sounds, slideshows) and interactive (quiz, maps) website on the history of 10 major crops (banana, wheat, coffee, fonio, bean, yam, millet, rice, sorghum, tomato), aimed at the general public and schools.
The site will be enriched by updating the texts, particularly on the research aspects, and by adding pages to deal with additional plants (maize and quinoa). A translation (English and/or Spanish) will be considered depending on the success of the site, as indicated by the site’s traffic data (google analytics module).
Project Number : 1500-031
Year : 2015
Type of funding : PC
Project type : SP
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01 Jan 2016
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30 Sep 2016
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