Portal Development Opportunities

WiderNet often receives requests from customers wanting to create a section of the library that contains information on a specific subject. We call this portal development.

What is portal development?
Portal development is when we have determined with our customer a specific selection of information or resources that you want our librarians to identify and catalog together in one portal (or section of the eGranary). The advantage of having resources cataloged together is that the portal easily guides end-users to the most critical information first.

For more information on what a portal is and examples of developed portals, click here.

What size of portal can WiderNet create?
WiderNet can build any size of portal. The simplest and least expensive option of developing a portal involves gathering "specific" resources currently available in the eGranary and cataloging them within the newly created portal. In addition, our librarians could seek one dozen additional sites. WiderNet librarians could have a prototype ready in three months and the entire portal complete in six months. This would cost approximately US $10,000.

If you are interested in creating a more extensive portal, WiderNet could train your librarians to work collaboratively with WiderNet librarians to identify, organize, and catalog Web-based resources using the eGranary portal system, the WiderNet staff would garner permission to use the resources identified by the team, and WiderNet works collaboratively with you to determine the main structure of the portals. We would aim to include 500,000 new documents, 100 new additional Web sites, several topic area portals and assist in curricula development. This project could take six months to create a prototype; one year to complete. Depending on the details, this project could cost approximately US $150,000.

Who funds portal development?
The organization requesting the portal be developed is financially responsible to pay for the service. The cost of portal development varies depending on the needs of the customer.  These needs are related to number of resources the customer wants, the length of time the customer requests the project to be completed and the scope of work required by our librarians (are they identifying resources currently found in the eGranary or do you need them to seek and ask permission from authors of new resources) and technicians to complete the portal. 

When we begin discussing large portals as discussed above (ones costing in excess of $100,000) we usually create a formal partnership with an organization. This formal partnership requires funding. Do you have access to your own funding or do you know of any third party funding sources that may be interested in funding such an idea?

Can training be included in the portal development cost?
Yes, a WiderNet trainer can come to your site or you can send a trainee to WiderNet for eGranary training. Approximate cost of training can be found here.

What do I need to consider to begin discussion with WiderNet about portal development?
Here are some specific ideas we ask you to consider if you are interested in having a discussion with WiderNet about portal development. The answers will assist in determining the scope of work and the price for the portal development. 

  • Numbers of resources expected to be added into the portal.
  • How someone at your organization will help organize and highlight critical resources?
  • Who will locate and upload local content to share?
  • How will others learn how to use the eGranary once the portal is completed?
  • How to train the trainers once the portal is developed?
  • WiderNet must understand the complete idea of how you intend to use the portal resources once it's developed.

What's your plan?
Will you use the portal:

  • to train staff?
  • to share resources with the public?
  • to develop an academic course?
  • other intentions?

Please contact partnerships@widernet.org if you have further questions.