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A trial site based on the Ning social platform opened on 29 April. The complete IT solution is intended to provide the following features:

  • Open access so that it is available to all stakeholders
  • Interactive discussion board capability so it can be an open forum for discussion on current issues and knowledge exchange
  • Ready access to material from knowledge transfer exercises, standard operating procedures for analytical methods, final research reports, scientific publications and other method related literature.
  • A member’s only area or a “safe space” to help with discussion of new methods or problems was seen to be important to help facilitate the advancement of new scientific approaches and techniques through discussion and co-operation.
  • News sections, including (for example) food authenticity alerts, information on new relevant publications etc.

The trial site will be open for up to two weeks in the first instance. If successful, it may form the basis for the live site.

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