Using Blogs on INNOTOUR

This document describes the usage of blogs on INNOTOUR.com. It uses the blog called ''Innovation Cases'' as an example, as it contains all the elements used in other blogs on INNOTOUR.

Contents

  1. Registration on INNOTOUR
  2. Reading content
  3. Uploading and managing your own content
  4. Comment on other peoples content
  5. RSS feeds

Registration

In order to add comments or to upload content to INNOTOURS blogs you will need to need to be registered as a user on www.innotour.com. Registration for INNOTOUR is straight forward. Just go to www.innotour.com and click on the menu item called Login. Here you can fill out the registration form with your email address, institution information, country of residence, user type (Academic, Student, Enterprise or Teacher) and a password. Your email address is used as your username on INNOTOUR. Then you are a member of INNOTOUR . With your email address and password you can use the facilities in INNOTOUR whenever you want.

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Picture A: Registration form

Reading content

All users can read the content of the blogs on INNOTOUR without logging in. There are four methods to find what you're looking for in a blog. These methods are contained in the left menu box as shown in the picture below.

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  1. Browse All: You can browse the titles of all the entries in a blog by clicking on the ''Browse All'' link in the left menu


  2. Locations: You can open a map showing locations related to the blog entries by clicking on the ''Locations'' link in the left menu. You can click on a marker on the map to open the relevant blog entry.


  3. Popular keywords: You can see a list of all the keywords used in the blog by clicking on the link ''Popular keywords'' in the left menu. The larger the word the more popular it is. By clicking on a keyword you can open a list of all blog entries tagged with that word.


  4. Latest additions: Here you can see the most recent blog entries and see if any new entries have been added since your last visit.


  5. Archives: The blog entries on INNOTOUR are archived by month. If you would like to see the entries for a specific month then click on the months name under ''Archive'' in the left menu.


  6. Search Box: You can search all entries using the search box at the bottom left of the front page. This will bring up a list of all entries containing the search words you entered.


Upload and manage your content

In order to add a blog entry you need to be logged in. You can log in to INNOTOUR at www.innotour.com/login. Use your email address and the password you specified during registration to log on. Then go to the blog you want to write in.

Click on the menu item ''Upload your ...'' in the left menu. This is called ''Upload your case'' on the innovation cases blog. You will be brought to a page where you can upload content, as shown in picture B below.

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Picture B: Uploading content view

Title: Fill out the title of your entry in the text box called ''Title''.
Main text: Add the main text in the second text box. You may notice that there are two tabs, one called Visual and one called HTML. We will be using the tab called Visual. It is used to enter text and format it as one would in a word processing program (e.g. Word). The tool bar offers basic word processing capabilities. You can access further capabilities by click on thekitchenSink icon. This will show the ''Kitchen Sink'' which has tools for pasting from word, underlining text, setting text type etc. (See picture C below).

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Picture C: The Kitchen Sink



Adding a link to another webpage:

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You turn a sentence/word into a link to a webpage by highlighting the text and then pressing on the link button (circled in blue in the picture to the right –>)

This will open a popup box (shown below) where you can specify the address of the webpage, whether the link should open in the same page or a new page, how the link should be aligned on the page and the title of the link (this is the text that will be shown when the user hovers over the link with their mouse). When you are happy with the information, click on the Insert button to add the link to your blog entry.

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Picture D: Inserting a link



Adding an embedded video:

To add an embedded video click on the embedded media button in the kitchen sink (circled in blue below).

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This will open a pop window where you can enter information about the embedded video. This pop-up window is shown in picture E. Here you can see that a You Tube video has been added. You tube videos are of type ''Flash''. Just add the address (URL) of the video and then click on the Insert button to add the video to your blog entry.

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Picture E: Inserting an embedded video



Adding media (images, videos, music):

There are four buttons that are used to add media to a blog entry. These buttons are found over the main text box, next to the label ''Upload/Insert''.

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Click on one of the buttons to upload your media. A box will open to allow you to add media. There are three ways to add media. 1. from your computer, 2. from a URL (address of a webpage) and 3. from the media library. The newly opened box contains a tab for each of these ways to add media.


1. Adding media from your computer:

Click on the tab named ''From Computer''. Then click on the button called ''Select Files''. Browse on your computer to find the media to be uploaded. Once you have chosen a file then you can set the title, description, alignment etc. Then click on the button called ''Insert into Post'' (marked in red in picture F below).

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Picture F: Adding media from your computer


2. Adding media from a webpage (URL):

Click on the tab named ''From URL''. Then enter the URL into the Image URL box. If a red cross appears next to the URL then it is not a valid URL. The green tick indicates that the URL is valid. Once you have specified a URL then you can set the title, caption, alignment etc. Then click on the button called ''Insert into Post'' to add it to your blog entry.

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Picture G: Adding media from a URL


3. Adding media from the media library:

Click on the tab named ''Media Library''. Then open the entry you want to add to your blog entry by clicking on the link called ''Show'' (marked in red in picture H below). This will open the box shown in picture I below. Here you can update information about the required file. etc. Then click on the button called ''Insert into Post'' to add it to your blog entry.

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Picture H: Showing a picture from the media library

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Picture I: Adding a picture from the media library



Keywords:

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We ask you to add keywords to your blog entries via the box marked ''Keywords'' on the right hand of the blog upload page. ->

Keywords are important for those who want to use the search box or the ''Popular keywords'' page to find blog entries that are relevant to them.

You can type your own keywords into the text box called ''Add new keyword'' and then click on the ''Add'' button.

You can also add keywords by clicking on the link in the keywords box called “Choose from the most used keywords”. Then you can choose from the list of existing keywords.



Licensing:

You must decide the degree of protection of your uploaded material.

INNOTOUR uses creative commons licensing. There are 6 license types under creative commons. The descriptions of the license types below are taken from www.creativecommons.org.

1. Attribution: This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms of what others can do with your works licensed under Attribution.

2. Attribution Share Alike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.

3. Attribution No Derivatives: This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

4. Attribution Non-Commercial: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

5. Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. Others can download and redistribute your work just like the by-nc-nd license, but they can also translate, make remixes, and produce new stories based on your work. All new work based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also be non-commercial in nature.

6. Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives: This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the ''free advertising'' license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.



Geographical tags:

You can mark a location relevant to your blog entry by using the box called WP Geo Location (as shown in the picture below). Locations can be entered by giving the name of the town and country e.g. Odense, Denmark in the textbox marked ''Search for location''. You can also click on the map to mark a location. Zoom in on the map by double clicking. When you are happy with your location, save your blog entry using the Publish box (described below).

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Publish/Preview/save a draft:

You can see a preview version of your blog entry by clicking on the ''Preview'' button in the Publish box on the upload page. publish

You can also save a draft of your blog entry and come back later to finish it, using the ''Save Draft'' button.

When you are happy with your blog entry and ready to publish it click on the ''Publish'' button at the bottom of the Publish box->



Edit a blog entry:

To edit one of your existing blog entries click on the link called ''Edit'' in the Post box on the left hand side of the upload page.

This will open a list of all blog entries, as shown in picture J below. You can open a blog entry for editing by hovering over the title and then clicking on the link called ''Edit''.

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Picture J: Edit post list

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Picture K: Edit post page

Comment on other peoples blog entries

To comment on a blog entry you must be logged in to www.innotour.com. If you are not logged in then go to www.innotour.com/login to log in.

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Once you are logged in you should write in the comment text box under the blog entry and press ''Submit Comment'' to submit your comment.

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RSS feeds

Get a message on your email when somebody is commenting on your blog entry.

To follow comments on a blog entry click on the link called RSS in the text under the blog entry, marked in red in the picture below.

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This will open the RSS feed page for the comments on the blog entry. Choose your RSS reader from the dropdown list and click ''Subscribe Now'' to add the feed to your RSS reader.

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To follow all blog entries use the link called ''Keep up to date'' in the left menu.

Then you will be shown an RSS subscription page (shown below). Choose your RSS client from the drop down menu and click on the ''Subscribe Now'' button to subscribe to the feed.

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