This FarmPEP platform has been initiated by an Innovate UK project and the original ideas and co-design are archived here.
The FarmPEP Performance Enhancement Partnership will develop this platform further through a separate Innovate UK project here, with the aim of supporting on-farm knowledge generation through facilitated group working, data sharing, dynamic benchmarking and on-farm trials tools.
We aim for the site itself to become self-supporting through paid memberships by organisations. This page is to continue the co-design of farmpep.net, to feedback what works and what doesn't, and to discuss ideas for taking the site forward.
We've added specific issues under 'Recommended Content' below.
Please do get involved and tell us what you think, using the comments below
We know that the current 'All Topics' page doesn't work - it is too overwhelming as a list and by putting into categories we risk creating silos rather than breaking barriers and creating connections. Ideally we would find a way of showing Topics as a network, like in the Brain here https://farmpep.net/Topics ... but this isn't currently possible.
I think at this stage we should be seeing Topics as an underlying connecting framework, rather than the key route to structuring and navigating the site.
If you have better suggestions for how to present Topics, please let us know.
We had a good workshop with a group of farmers this week on how they would use FarmPEP. Some good points and ideas, including; Need to achieve criticall mass to get wider farmer engagement, only 3 times to get someone to try the site before give up - so need to make it worthwhile them coming; importance of PEP in identifying (& filling) knowledge gaps; important role for students and young people in driving PEP.
Add your ideas below...
We are starting to get more organisations and individuals on board with PEP now. One thing that could be useful is an 'invite colleagues' button, so that colleagues can be added to the site and connected to organisations and groups without having to sign up themselves.
When adding a post from dashboard the screen goes back to a Page Not Found, rather than redirecting to dashboard.
Added this to developers fix list
Some feedback that we also learned from our Land Management 2.0 community -
The site could do with being a bit more people-centric. People will make the community tick - and there are not enough visuals on the website to highlight the people who are using it.
For the same reason, you should encourage/incentivise people to make profile images of themselves - it gives it more of a community feel.
I don’t find the present FarmPEP website user-friendly. It still seems to be configured for the builder (of the site) rather than for the user. My suggestions is as below:
i.e. It needs a welcome page for the user, which needs to have a farm focus (I don’t think the existing photo of one wheat crop is quite right) and it needs to enable the user to access the main resources it provides quickly, with minimal requirement to read text .. my suggestion is based on the YEN's 4 pillars, but it may need more pillars (like links to people & organisations) and I know some of this doesn’t yet exist e.g. Tools for Testing.
I accept that this may be premature, but still feel that, if the present site is primarily to attract people and organisations to join and inter-connect, it needs to say this in a headline near the top, and make it easier, ... and more immediately rewarding.
Agree Roger that ultimately the Four pillars will be useful approach to FarmPEP ... once we have developed the data exchange, benchmarking, faciltiation and Farm Trials Tool from the FarmPEP FIP Innovate UK project.
In the meantime I agree that the site needs to be much more user focussed. We've had a go at re-designing the landing page to make the content more visible and interactive. Someone should be able to come to the homepage and see a selection of whats new (or updated/ popular/most viewed) across People, Orgs, Initiatives, Posts and Topics and see all on one page. They should be able to filter by theme or sector (highest level Topics) and search by any keyword, updating the content shown. We could also have featured or sponsored content show first or be highlighted on this page.
What do you think of the mock-up below:
We also want to make it clear that people can easily engage with the site and add content, so make it easy to join and add any content type from this page.
Please give us your feedback by liking or commenting below.
The designs are in for a more interactive front page - what do you think?
This design is now live at www.farmpep.net. We've not been able to do exactly what we wanted with filtering by Topic hierarchy... but 90% there. Thanks to Alan and Ben from Creative Co-op.
Some further suggestions re: FarmPEP nomenclature & presentation
Thanks Roger, I agree with most of this.
Would like to agree better names for each of Topics, Organisations, Groups and Posts.
Re: FarmPEP knowledge building, making authorship attractive
The scope of potential FarmPEP topics is enormous, indeed infinite .. so we need to develop a plan to reach a viable & attractive breadth of topics in a reasonable time .. 12 months? A credible plan is needed soon to motivate potential authors, especially those in academia or education. Suggestions are:
I have just replied to a comment on a topic. However, I am doubtful that the author of that comment will be notified that I have done so. It is essential that notifications like this become automated if FarmPEP is to become a useful debating platform.
Agree there need to be notifications when comments are made. Users also need to be able to get back to the comments they've made via their dashboard. This should also count as an update or revision to the page so that the page shows as having been updated to anyone who follows that page, and on the home page. This is in the development list, but may not be a simple thing to implement.
The comments on PEP take up quite alot of space. See TheConversation.com for quite a good way of presenting comments.
Some feedback from Innovation for Agriculture:
There appears to be no “live feed” page/tab. No live option. Popular topic appears to show trending topics and this is good. However, having a live feed can get people engaging to respond/make comments on topics.
Interface is quite user friendly for professionals but may not necessarily be so for farmers as the platform requires some attention to details. It requires some skills to navigate. It is also very text based.
Too many texts and not enough infographics
Not quite clear how the post-reply knowledge exchange works
Knowledge exchange interaction appears to be in form of feedback and replies, but not readily visible?
Several people have said that 'Events' could help drive the FarmPEP community, but we don't yet have a good solution for dealing with events on the site. I've drafted some possible screenshots below.
We need to make it clearer and easier for people to engage with the site. We suggest to move the Actions box on the side bar to the top of the screen so this is more obvious. Few people will actually add content, but everybody should be encouraged to 'Like' and 'Follow' pages ... so suggest reordering the list to:
The box could be made smaller to take up less space.
What do you think?
The types of content (People, Organisations, Groups, Posts and Topics) need to be more clearly distinguished. It needs to be obvious what sort of page is being viewed. The colour of the top banner should only be blue for Topics (Knowledge). We should perhaps have different gradations of green for People, Orgs, Initiatives, Posts... with some small text in the banner as well as showing different icons.
Tiny points but
1) Can comments be dated and organised so the most recent is at the top (which might be the case anyway) or capable of sorting?
2) It might be useful to have an option to monitor replies so responses to a comment spur an email to the person being commented on. This encourages dialogue.
3) It might be useful to reduce the line spacing on the comments to make it slightly more compact.
Thanks Simon, Good suggestions. Yes we should include dates with comments, and we need to enable notifications for comments.