Developments to the Self Management Network Scotland Website

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Photograph of Lara Murray, Self Management Network OfficerWhat we’re doing

On behalf of our team, I’m delighted to let you know about the exciting development we are working on to improve the Self Management Network Scotland website.

At the moment, the only way to access the list of members of the Self Management Network Scotland is through me, the Network Officer.  I recognise that this could be improved and so we are working to provide a way for you to browse and search other members of the network and to find members in your area.

Benefits

We think there will be a range of benefits to you being able to search Self Management Network Scotland members, including:

  • You can share your self management activities with other members of the network
  • You will be visible to all visitors to the Self Management Network Scotland website as a member of the network and as a self management project in Scotland
  • You can get a clearer view of all the self management activity in Scotland
  • Spread of the Self Management Network Scotland will be visible
  • Find out about other members of the network
  • Greater autonomy of the network as you can learn about and contact one another without going via us
  • You will be connected to, and findable through the ALISS engine (more about this below in the Technical bit)

Can you think of any more potential benefits?

Edit 2nd December 2015:

It’s here! 

You can now view the new page by clicking on Network Members in the navigation menu above. This part of the website is still under development and only about 60 of our over 350 members are currently discoverable in the search. We will update you in the new year about how the development is progressing. If you have any questions, please contact Lara.Murray@alliance-scotland.org.uk

ALISS logoTechnical bit

The search will be powered by ALISS, A Local Information System for Scotland.

ALISS is described as follows:

ALISS is a co-produced search and collaboration tool for health and wellbeing resources in Scotland…

ALISS functions like an index, pointing to information about local resources, whether this exists in an online directory, within ALISS only, on a website or within social media. This list of pointers can be presented via multiple channels and collaboratively maintained by communities.

As a health or wellbeing community resource, you can add yourself as a resource on ALISS creating an online record of your service/ activity/ project etc. This can function like a webpage for you and means that you will be featured in a search conducted through ALISS.

ALISS is designed to be embedded within other websites and not used as a standalone website. For example, take a look at the search box on our Resources page.

The content of this search comes from ALISS, showing you all the health and wellbeing resources in Scotland which have been indexed on ALISS.

As well as featuring the full ALISS search, it is possible to create a collection of resources and provide a search displaying these resources only. This is what we are working on in order to produce a search of the members of the Self Management Network Scotland only. We can look at all of the resources added to ALISS, select any that are members of the Self Management Network Scotland and display them through our network members page.

Limits

There will be some limits to the information we can provide through this Self Management Network Scotland search.

The search will not display individual members but will show the organisation or project. For example:

If I was to join the Self Management Network Scotland as Lara Murray, Network Officer on the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the search would show that the Self Management Partnership and Practice Programme is a self management project based at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland. I could attach my contact details to this entry for anyone who wants to find out more but I would not show in the search as an individual member of the network.

The reason for this is that many of our members have joined as an individual with experience of living with a long term condition and it would not be appropriate to list their contact details on our website. Similarly, listing anyone who has joined in a professional capacity as an individual would mean their contact details are available online.

Listing members as self management projects meets our objective to connect up and promote work and learning about self management in Scotland.

How to get involved

If you have any questions about this development, or if you want to ensure your organisation is included in the search, your first port of call should be to contact me at Lara.Murray@alliance-scotland.org.uk

If you want to learn more about ALISS, take a look at the About page here and the FAQs here.

If you are already registered on ALISS, and you have not yet received an email from us about this development, please get in touch with me to let me know.

Timescales

We will launch the first iteration of this search page at our next networking event on the 19th November.

More details will then be made available on our blog so do check this after the 19th November.

If you are a suitable member and your organisation is currently not registered on ALISS, you can expect an e-mail from me around about the beginning of December.

Questions

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss anything about this development further. You can reach me, Lara Murray, by e-mail at Lara.Murray@alliance-scotland.org.uk or by telephone 0141 404 0231

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