Improvement proposals

Below please find a list of the improvement proposals that I have received since my project kick-off mail to the NPF/Eionet group. You are of course most welcome to add to this list any further ideas you might have (and to remind me if I have forgotten to include one of your ideas)

  • Extend the country pages under https://www.eionet.europa.eu/countries to include also data reporters (i.e. not only the national Eionet organisations)
  • Possibility to share documents uploaded to the NFP/Eionet Forum group to a wider network (and vice versa, documents in meeting folders within an NRC Interest Group to be available for the National Focal Points)
  • Introductory documents that are now only in the NFP/Eionet Forum group to be made more widely available
  • Make more use of roadmaps and other illustration techniques to visualise processes
  • Most urgent: Eionet planner to be reintroduced (meetings, consultations, events,….) (all Eionet deadlines in the same place). To be visual (visual planner) and enable users to download content.
  • Introduce consultation processes that can include users without Eionet account (and the possibility to summarise comments per countries)
  • Make use of editing tools, a la Google docs, for joint editing of documents
  • Introduce possibilities to post questions and comments during meetings (for later use)
  • Create a simple Introductory document on “How to start a data flow
  • Abandon the ETC websites on the Eionet portal (when the new ETCs become operational on 1 January) and replace by pages to present the ETCs on the EEA website, while covering the networking aspects in the ETC groups on the Eionet Forum.
  • Make the portal ready to be GDPR compliant
  • Simplify the navigation and make the structure of the portal more intuitive (reorganise the content in a more natural way for the users (different entry point for different users)
  • For each NRC, easily digestible overview of key priorities, tasks and deadlines
  • Make NRCs more visible, NRC entry point to their Forum groups to be available from the first page
  • Possibility to edit/update the NRC information in the Eionet directory at national level rather than only centrally
  • Maintain an overview of State of Environment reports (SERIS) as a part of the country information on the EEA’s main website
  • Make self-registration to get an Eionet account possible
  • Merge the Forum and Project websites
  • Not use the footer menu (on the prototype) for the most “important” information (reserve it for contact and legal information)
  • Create an Eionet logo
  • Restore the field of the owner/author in Forum
  • Restore the option to find disabled users in the “find a person mode” for the NFPs logged in
  • Switch off automatic acceptance for everybody who registers at the participants list for the NRC meeting. Wait with changing the status into the “accepted” for the NFP decision.
  • In case of report consultation via Forum give the NFPs the possibility to easily coordinate the answer, monitor the actions and share the results with people they want to (but restricted by them), at any time
  • In case of report consultation via Forum give the answering person (it can be NFP, it can be NRC person depending on the report) the possibility to easily involve the other person they want to (colleagues and bosses) – but do not open it for everybody
  • In case of EEA reports and other products consultation made via Forum make country comments stored in one place, easily to be found, cited, shared, presented to control authorities, archived etc.

5 thoughts on “Improvement proposals”

  1. DE BRABANTER ERIC
    Start by making an inventory of all the information that is under Eionet Portal and decide the one to keep, to modify, to delete (have you got statistics on Eionet pages visits to see which ones receive more clicks and those not receiving a lot of clicks?).

    Then, once that is done (i.e. once we have the list of topics to be on the Eionet Portal), decide how to access it (multi-entry points according to users), how to present it in a more user friendly way, which functions are needed, etc.

    Here at the Agency, we are currently discussing an e-Platform for Energy & Climate under ReportNet 3.0 or associated to it … so also think about future tools / portals (deliberately not used in EEA presentation: rather a “Platform”).

  2. DE BRABANTER ERIC
    Start by making an inventory of all the topics currently under the Eionet Portal and see which ones should be kept, modified or deleted because not useful or could be somewhere else (such as ETC pages) – do you have statistics on clicks by topics under Eionet to see which ones receive lots of visits and those barely visited) ?

    Then, once that is done (i.e. once we have the list of topics to be on the Eionet Portal), decide how to access it (multi-entry points according to users), how to present it in a more user friendly way, which functions are needed, etc.

    Here at the Agency, we are currently discussing an e-Platform for Energy & Climate under ReportNet 3.0 or associated to it … so also think about future tools / portals (deliberately not used in EEA presentation: rather a “Platform”).

  3. Dear Eric
    Thank you for your feedback. I will certainly make the inventory and include it in the background material for the NFP/Eionet meeting in Athens and discuss further in the meeting.

  4. ELISE JÄRVENPÄÄ
    Thank you Sigfús! The list for improvements is already long but I would still like to add one more user wish from our NRC SoE and COM. They have a wish that in Eionet portal there would be more interactive tools for knowledge sharing, capacity building and discussions (communities of practice?). Use of social media groups is one option, but could similar kind of function be generated as part of the portal?
    This was discussed during the most recent NRC SoE meeting , so I assume that NFPs involved or Kees Schotten can provide more information about this.

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