The Regional IPM Centers provide Information Systems to help facilitate communication and sharing of information related to Integrated Pest Management. Below are the various offerings that are available:
Basecamp provides a platform to organize people, tasks, discussions, and files associated with a project so that everyone involved know what is going on, can discuss individual items in separate conversation threads and can review previous discussion and files. IPM centers will assist by covering the cost associated with Basecamps, help setup the project, and train the project leaders on how to use the system. As the project proceeds, they will provide technical help and suggestions for add-ins that may assist project management. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
- Content Delivery
The IPM Centers have also been working with different partners to provide content that can be used in any extension program and on any website. Through use of simple sharing information provided with any of the components a wealth of information can be delivered to your clientele where they expect to find it, not where we wish they would go. Types of this content include maps, presentations, annotated image series, image galleries, video, and forms for reporting invasive species or pest occurrence. All of these have a great potential to enhance the different electronic portals you offer to stakeholders. An added benefit to these tools is the ease of updating. Since the information for these pieces of content are provided from a common repository and distributed to many locations for viewing, you only have to update the information at the source and all places where it is embedded is up to date! This can greatly cut down on the amount of time required to update all places where the same information is served as new updates are released. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
This provides conference call and Voice-Over-IP integrated audio, video, and screen sharing for 25 people in a meeting environment. It is very usefull for long-distance collaboration with all participants being able to interact at any moment. Sessions can be recorded and posted online for later reference. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
This provides conference call and Voice-Over-IP integrated audio, video, and screen sharing for 200 people in a class room environment. Tools for the course let the instructors setup pre-arranged materials and interact with students through quizzes, chat questions, audio, and online content library. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
This provides conference call and Voice-Over-IP integrated audio, video, and screen sharing for 10,000 people in a seminar environment. Seminar participants can be polled with particular questions, can ask questions via chat, or can be unmuted by an organizer to ask their questions one at a time. Sessions can be recorded and shared online to reach a greater audience. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
- Impact Assessment
The IPM Impact Assessment Toolkit was built by a workgroup funded by the Western IPM Center. The work group had participants from across the country and sought to provide some straight forward materials to demystify evaluation - how to assess IPM outcomes and impacts. The modules that are provided help introduce you to basic tools that are frequently used and help you navigate the road of evaluation.
MailChimp has many great tools for creating electronic newsletters, Handling subscriber list management, sending e-mail versions of the newsletter to subscribers, and providing statistics on how users interact with the provided content. One of the most powerful features it the RSS-Based e-mail newsletter generation to allow an existing blog (or set of blogs) to be used to create automated newsletters. This has proved very successfull for extending the news from UTcrops News, Virginia AgPest and Crop Advisory, and IPM South.
The IPM centers are covering the costs associated with a MailChimp Account. The program has the ability to automatically create E-mail newsletters from Blogs, manage subscribers, track user interaction with Newsletters and mark web traffic on your blog as coming from the newsletter or another source. The IPM Centers will help with initial setup of your newsletter, connecting to your blog or series of blogs that are providing content, import existing newsletter subscribers from listservs, and interpreting statistics that are generated by the system. For more information, contact Joe LaForest or the IPM Center director in your region
- Pest Alerts
Coordinated by the North Central IPM Center, this resource will assist with the development of a rapid-response pest alert that highlights the key information on new or emerging pests while potential impacts of the pest are assessed. View the complete list of Pest Alerts for examples of previously addressed pest topics. For more information contact about developing a pest alert, please call Susan Ratcliffe at 217-333-9656 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weather station information and models via USPest.org
The site receives data from weather station networks throughout the United States and has the capability to provide "virtual" weather stations for sites not near an actual station. Using the weather station data, the site provides over 100 models for degree-days calculations for insect development, crop and weed phenology, disease forecasts, and chilling unit accumulation. It uses google maps and therefore has a familiar feel for many users. The website is free and open for anyone in the US. For more information, contact Len Coop
Programs for the Southern Region
- Management and custom visualization of pest occurrence information
Through use of the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System, we can easily generate real-time maps to show the distribution of a given organism and also change the color of markers based on any categories that can be contrived from the available data. The maps can be embedded on to any website to allow for a consistent, real-time flow of information to all partners wishing to display the information. While the maps are available through content delivery, this offering goes further to provide support for data acquisition and building of custom maps and graphs. Joe LaForest
- Smartphone App Development
Several applications have been developed by our parners at the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. While the vast majority of the apps have been developed for identification and/or reporting of species connected to a system for validating reports and displaing occurrence data online, other potential applications are possible. For more information, contact Joe LaForest