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How to use the NAP tools

EDEN 2014 Group features

As a member of this group you can collaborate with the other group members to create and manage common contents like pages, files, blogs. The following shared features are available:

  • Pages: shared content to all group members
  • Bookmarks: if you bookmark a website in a group, all group members will see it
  • Discussions: you can start a conversation with all group members (like a forum)
  • Blog: these blog posts will be available to all group members.
  • Files: these files are available to all group members

User's Guide to the EDEN NAP Members Area


Your profile

'My profile' consists of four main categories:

  1. basic information on you;
  2. EDEN portfolio (participation at conferences, EDEN committee memberships);
  3. EDEN NAP profile (what you do in EDEN);
  4. Communication services (you can display your other profiles on social networks, your website, etc).

When you change or edit your profile data you can set the access level for each profile field according to your wish. You can choose from one of these four options:

  • Private: only you will see this content;
  • Friends: only your EDEN NAP friends will see this content;
  • Logged in users: all EDEN NAP members will see this content after logging in;
  • Public: anybody with a direct web link can see this content.

The default settings are the Logged in users that is other NAP members.

Manage your E-mail Notifications

As a Conference Group member, you receive notifications on activities happening within the Group. When another Group Member posts a new discussion, loads up a file or shares a blog post, you receive a short text e-mail about this activity.

To switch on or off this notification e-mail, visit this link or go to My Profile/Settings/Group Notifications. The column "E-mail" manages the notifications sent to your e-mail account registered, the column "Site" manages notifications sent as Message to your profile within the NAP Members Area. You can see and send Messages by clicking on the Envelope icon on the Navigation bar.

Navigation

You can navigate and chose among several functions with the use of the top black horizontal bar, the main navigation tool, located on the top of the page. You can get back to the welcome page again with the use of the Home link.

Your profile

After the login process you are directed to your profile page where you may see and edit your data. Under the My profile menu (top horizontal navigation bar) you can:

  • change your login Settings – password, e-mail address etc.;
  • view and/or edit your own Blogs;
  • add and edit your Bookmarks;
  • create Pages and subpages;
  • send Wire posts: "The Wire" is Twitter-style microblogging plugin that allows users to post notes to the wire. Features include threaded comments, "Like" support and commenting;
  • add and manage your Friends;
  • see the Groups you entered or create one yourself;
  • search within the members with Members;
  • add Events to the calendar, and create your own calendar;
  • upload Files (eg. pictures or documents) that can be added to your Blog posts or Groups.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions menu on the navigation bar takes your to a list of solutions and guides on how to use the NAP MA.

Downloads

By clicking on Downloadables, you will reach the menu with useful download materials available exclusively for EDEN Members: Annual General Meeting Minutes; EDEN Books; and full Conference Proceedings.

EDEN Newsflash Archives

Also an exclusive feature: all past EDEN Newsflashes can be read by clicking on the Newsflash menu.

Messaging other members

With the Envelop icon you can read and send messages to other NAP members with the built-in messaging feature of the system.

Social online community features

Privacy settings of your content

Whenever you post new content (e.g. uploading a picture, file or writing a blog post), or create a new Group or Page, you will be able to set the privacy of this content yourself. You may opt for setting your entire Profile 'public', allowing non EDEN Members to see your content on the web. OR post the link of your profile to other webservices, such as Facebook, your own website, etc. This option appears always on the left hand side vertical nagivation column and is named 'Access':

  • Private: only you will see this content;
  • Friends: only your EDEN NAP Friends will see this content;
  • Logged in users: all EDEN NAP members will see this content after logging in;
  • if you are member of a Group, that Group's other members may be set;
  • Public the entire web may see this content is the weblink is shared.

Add a friend

You can search and find other NAP members and set them as your Friend by viewing their Profiles and select the first option under his or her Photo namely Add friend.

Join a Group

Once you have found others with similar interests - or perhaps you are part of a research groups or a course/class - you may want to have a more structured setting to share content and discuss ideas.Anybody can Create a new group or can join an available one with selecting the Join group option on the respective group's page.

As a member of a group you can collaborate with the other group members to create and manage common contents like pages, files, blogs. In each group the following shared features are available:

  • Pages: shared content to all group members;
  • Bookmarks: if you bookmark a website in a group, all group members will see it;
  • Discussions: you can start a conversation with all group members (like a forum);
  • Blog: these blog posts will be available to all group members;
  • Files: these files are available to all group members.

All group members will be notified about changes in the group via an email. All group features are available only after logging in to the EDEN NAP Members' Area.

Start a blog

By clicking My profile -> Blogs on the top navigation bar, you can start your own blog. The blog posts will appear on the right hand main column, while you can add new blog posts on the left hand side vertical navigation column. The editing tool works with icons. If you wish to add a picture to your blog post, you need to upload the file first with the 'Files' button and then add the link. Don't forget to set the Access (privacy setting) before posting. If you wish to interrupt an editing process, we recommend you to use the 'Private' access setting instead of saving as 'Draft'. Whenever you finish your post, you can change the setting to 'Public'.

IMPORTANT: To save your post, you have to click 'Publish' on the left hand side navigation column. Not clicking the Publish button before navigating somewhere else will result in the loss of your unsaved content.

You may edit your previous blog posts any time by clicking the 'Edit' button on the bottom of your posts.

You can also see entries written by your colleagues (that you are Friends with) as well as find other entries that people have written on similar topics. You can also see entries written by your friends (that you have access to).

Upload a File in a Group:

Select 'Group files' on the left menu bar. By clicking on it, you will land in the Group's file repository. Select 'Upload a file' on the left menu bar and browse your computer by clicking on the button under 'File'. Don't forget to give a 'Title' to the file, otherwise the file will not be saved inthe repository. You may add a description and add tags to make it easily searchable. IMPORTANT: at the 'Access' option choose Logged in users, Public or the relevant Group members to make it accessable.

Social Bookmarking

You may collect interesting resources from the web by saving the webaddress in your Bookmarks (My profile ->Bookmarks). You can select Friends to share these bookmarks with. On the left-hand vertical navigation column, you may choose 'Add bookmark' to enter the webaddress and description of new bookmarks; click 'Bookmarks inbox' to see bookmarks sent by others to you, click 'Friends' bookmarks' to browse your NAP Friends' bookmarks or 'All site bookmarks' to see all non-private bookmarks of NAP members.

Share files

You have the option to upload files and share them with other members. This function is available on the My Profile -> Files menu. Usually this function is helpful when you refer to a document in a Blog post or on a Page you create. This allows you to store and also share files with fellow EDEN Members at one place. Make sure that after uploading the file, the Privacy setting allows others to see this file. In case you use pictures in your Blog post, this picture needs to be uploaded as a separate file and its link has to be used when inserting it as a picture to the blog post or in the Page. The file repository allows users to upload any kind of file. As with everything in this system, you can filter uploaded files by tag and restrict access so that they're only visible by the people you want them to be. Each file may also have comments attached to it.

Create a Page

This tool allows you to save and store hierarchically organised pages of text, and restrict both reading and writing permissions to them. This means that you can collaboratively create a set of documents with a loose collection of people, participate in a writing process with a formal group, or simply use the functionality to write a document that only you can see, and only choose to share it once it's done.

The easy navigation menu (left column) allows you to see the whole document structure from any page. You can create as many of these structures as you like; each individual page has its own access controls, so you can reveal parts of the structure while keeping others hidden. You can add comments on a page, or search for pages by tags.

Search

At the right end of the top horizontal navigation bar you find a Search box. Search is simple: just type your key words into the search box, hit Enter or click on the Go button, and elgg will search the whole NAP Members Area site for content that are relevant to your query. It searches within users, groups, blogs, pages, etc.

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Last updated 2001 days ago by EDEN Secretariat