So I just came back from another Global Water Pathogens Project (GWPP) meeting in Paris, which was held in the UNESCO headquarters, very close to the Eiffel Tower this Sunday. I’ve been familiar with GWPP since my first day in Agro-Know, as at that time we were going to host the very first Editorial meeting of the project in our company. And I was lucky enough to get involved in it immediately afterwards.
If you’re not already familiar with GWPP, feel free to visit its online hub or -even better- its People section. There, you can witness this complete and ever-growing list of researchers around the world, all dedicated to one inspiring mission: to empower this online hub with the latest scientific information on Water Pathogens. To do this, these people voluntarily work together on an online book, which will later be published by UNESCO and will hopefully be the main point of reference for all research done on the field. These researchers (or authors) are divided into groups, according to their research focus and organize meetings to communicate and organize the authoring process that they need to follow.
In this meeting, we were proud to meet and serve the Protists group, which currently consists of 11 primary and numerous secondary authors. The content submitted by these people will be reviewed and published by two editors (which is the case for almost all the groups): Ron Fayer and Walter Jakubowski. So, after introducing ourselves to each other, the authors got to work along with the editors on their chapters’ outline for the book and some common guidelines on how to proceed with the authoring process. In the second day of the meeting, Agro-Know’s participation was required, as I was asked to prepare a workshop for the participants of the meeting, so that I would teach them how to submit their content and other material to the online book.
Of course, Agro-Know had to make this as interactive as possible. This is why we prepared a special session, which was divided into 7 parts, one for each major platform component. After each part, participants were asked to engage in small authoring activities, so that they become more familiar with this exciting technology that we call the Agro-Know Book Authoring Tool (soon to be prototyped as a stand-alone platform). During the process, a lot of feedback was given back and forth and a lot of interesting ideas were suggested for the future. To keep track of all these, I organized -with the help of Babis Thanopoulos before I left- a feedback session, during which people were asked to give their feedback on the difficulties that they faced during these 7 parts and of course their thoughts on possible future features. The process ended with us talking about the digital published product that is going to come out of this project and ideas on how to make new updates/versions of content, so that this online resource always reflects the latest scientific output of this industrious community.
At the end of this meeting, I left the UNESCO building with a wonderful collage of feedback and plans for the future. I already have many new things to discuss with my boss, Giannis Stoitsis and we are very eager to push this project into its great future. My best regards go to Joan Rose (the project coordinator) and Kyana Young from the Michigan State University (MSU) for trusting us with this exciting project. See you again!