Current Projects

Published by gtaylor on 5 March 2006 - 5:02pm

When people and ideas within The Synaptic Leap connect and mature, they blossom into open, collaborative research projects. Project information can be maintained within the Current Projects section of a research community. Projects, like this user's guide, are created using Drupal's book module. Books allow content to be created and maintained on separate pages and then organized hierarchically. Community participants can easily create child pages to a given page. User's can navigate the hierarchy using the next and previous links at the bottom of the page.

  • Projects are listed at the bottom of the main project page.
  • Any user who is logged in may create and describe a new research project by simply adding a "child page".
  • Printer-friendly versions are available for all projects from the main project page, or for a specific project from within the project-specific page.


overview of main current projects page for malaria community


When creating a project page, remember you are publishing the information on the web. You need to make it easy for people to browse and get a good overview of your project with an ability to drill for more details.

Suggested section headings within a project page:

  • "Aim" or "Overview" - 1-2 paragraphs describing the objective of the project
  • "Who's Involved" - gotta give credit where credit is due. We also suggest that you link each name to a bio page or their TSL user profile page.
  • "Status" -
  • More project details perhaps on the page or perhaps attached as ppts/word docs/ excel spreadsheet for issues and to-do tracking... Or you may choose to create multiple child pages of the project page. Use these tools to help you coordinate tasks amongst your project members. The more details you include, the more others in the TSL community may "comment" on to help direct your research efforts. You never know what might have already been tried or who may have a fresh perspective that may offer a critical new insight.

Additionally, we suggest that you create a child page to tell others how they can get involved - donating data, materials, or specific research skills needed. By creating this as a separate page, you can also publish it to the Resources Needed page by simply selecting the Resources Needed subject.

creating a "resources needed" page