The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), based at Queen Elizabeth House, the University of Oxford, has adopted xdirectory, ESP's market leading structured content management solution to aid them in an international joint project to deliver a new web-portal ‘Forced Migration Online' (FMO).
FMO is an international collaboration between RSC; Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning at the University of Oxford; Czech Helsinki Committee in Prague; the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University, Boston; the Program on Forced Migration at Columbia University, New York; ICAR, the Information Centre on Asylum and Refugees in the UK; The American University in Cairo and the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Columbia. The portal is due to be launched in November 2002 and will provide instant access to a wide variety of online resources concerning the situation of forced migrants worldwide.
Designed for use by practitioners, researchers, policy makers, students or anyone interested in the field, FMO aims to give comprehensive information in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users. Funding for the project has been received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the EU.
The RSC were looking for a leading-edge solution to create a web-driven and easily searchable digital asset store that would provide seamless integration of the component parts of the portal. These include a digital library of published and unpublished literature, specially commissioned research guides, a web catalogue, an organisations directory, maps, photographs and academic journals.
xdirectory was seen as the ideal choice for the project. Fully configurable, interoperable and browser-driven, xdirectory is an immensely powerful yet simple to maintain application that will be used to create and manage FMO's extensive and wide-ranging digital content.
Louise Heinink, FMO Project Manager explains “The aim of FMO is to deliver information on forced migration to a worldwide audience. xdirectory has provided us with the framework to achieve this. It is a flexible and affordable solution for managing diverse digital content and will allow our users to search for and retrieve information across a wealth of online resources
xdirectory is proving an invaluable application in helping the network of international partners ‘open-up' controlled access to essential resources offered by FMO, harnessing the power of ESP's ‘x' technology to optimise delivery of their information services.