Conditions of Membership
The USAID RM Portal was created to provide a global, open-access communications exchange between organizations, communities, universities, consortia and global partners working on an integrated approach to natural resource management.
As invited members of the RM Portal you are encouraged to login, take some time to familiarize yourself with how the portal works, and contribute content to the Portal.
In addition to invited members, individuals from the global community are allowed to visit the portal and access information designated for Public view without logging in.
What the RM Portal has to offer a registered Member
The RM Portal is a secure web based database or Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to upload content to the Internet without knowledge of HTML code. It is basically a password-protected 'virtual' file cabinet with folders and files you can manage online.
The Content you can upload to the Internet inside the RM Portal folders includes:
- Links to external web sites and pages and internal portal content.
- File content like Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint files, Adobe Acrobat files, and audio and video files.
- Digital images that are in a web friendly file format like .jpg, .gif, or .png.
- Web pages made up of text and images, stored on the portal.
- Audio and video.
- Calendar events to be listed on an interactive portal public or private group calendar.
- News items of interest to the global portal community or to a private Group.
You are allowed to upload and store your content, privately or publicly, in a personal folder, within a group folder you either created or joined, and inside the Portal Public Space: Library, Training, and and News
You can use the RM Portal to work with your colleagues or other RM Portal members in a group setting as a virtual team, large or small, across time and space. Do not send unsolicited email to group or individual members.
The RM Portal was designed to share education and/or training. Members are encouraged to post their training and/or educational materials inside the Training area as well as conduct training directly through the RM Portal upon request.
What Membership Implies:
You will take time to learn the Portal Tools that facilitate Portal use including accessing, posting, storing, and sharing content.
You will share your expertise, social and professional networks, whenever appropriate, by establishing or joining a Portal group which is, in essence, a virtual presence for your team or project, and a step toward a Community of Practice in Global Resource Management.
As a valued member, whenever possible or appropriate, whether working alone or as a team, you will agree to POST Content publicly, in essence share the content globally. The content shared could be the documents or media referenced during an independent or group work activity or the end result of said work.