Empowering Institutions: Managing Information & Communication in the Digital Age

Workshop on "How to manage information and communicate online using Drupal, the free & open-source web development platform for content management and outreach "

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Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to nominate and participate in this two-day  workshop on "How to manage information resources and communicate online using Drupal, the free & open-source web development platform for content management"  from 26-27 September 2013, at New Delhi.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from the experts at CSE with rich experience in developing and managing the India Enviromment Portal and Down To Earth Online built on Drupal, the Open-source web development platform for content management.

This specially designed workshop is for information professionals, so that they are competent enough to manage information resources (books, news clippings, articles, documents, reports, photos, videos, contact addresses), build and manage their website independently without extensive programming skills and technical support of  IT professionals.  This workshop will also empower you with knowledge to communicate  more strategically and intelligently about your outreach and communication plans with your IT team.

Few fellowships available for Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives.

Conducted by:

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) with more than 30 years of experience in managing thousands books, articles, news clippings, video films, photographs and contact addresses. CSE also has a rich experience in developing and managing these resourceful websites utilising open source tools and technologies

  • Down To Earth Online, the leading fortnightly magazine on environment and science built using open source platforms  http://www.downtoearth.org.in

  • Green Clearance Watch, the public information system to track environment and forest clearances from 2007 till date. http://www.greenclearancewatch.org

  • India Environment Portal, the largest single-stop virtual gateway on environment built using open source platforms  http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Manage information in the digital age – newsclippings,  reports, articles, photos, videos, contact addresses

  • Use photos and videos for web-based outreach

  • Create and manage online magazine for communication and outreach

  • Create and manage website of your organisation

  • Create and manage a portal for your organisation

  • Know about integration with new media (social/digital) for web outreach and engagement (social media, discussion forums, newsletters...)

  • Monitor and measure performance of your  communication  - online magazine, websites, portal

Core Topics and Modules

  • Features and concepts of Drupal -themes, nodes, fields, blocks, menu, filters, taxonomy...

  • How to Install Drupal

  • How to Organise and Tag (index) information, Create specialised Taxonomies/Thesaurus

  • Create customised format for variety of information resources, Edit and Add content on your website independently - newsclippings, documents, reports, research papers, articles, photos, videos, contact addresses.

  • Key Drupal modules (important for beginners)

  • Drupal themes and best practices needed to create customised layout for  a website.

  • Information retrieval and search.

  • How to integrate new media (social/digital) strategically for web outreach and engagement (social media, discussion forums, newsletters...)

  • Web analytics to monitor and measure performance of your websites and communication strategy.

Who should attend

This workshop would be of particular benefit to:

  • Information Managers

  • Digital Librarians

  • Officials in government, public and private sector associated with website management and e-governance

  • Development Communicators responsible for information management and web communications

  • Others – Activists, researchers, individuals, self-employed and students planning for web-outreach of their research and other activities.

Workshop Fee

NGOs: Rs. 3,700 per participant 
Corporate, government and international organizations: Rs 6,500 per participant 
Accomodation and related costs are not included in the cost. However, CSE can help you find a place to stay.

Programme Schedule

Date:  ............................
Time: 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
Venue: Centre for Science and Environment, 41, Tughlakabad Institutional
Area, New Delhi- 62

How to Apply:

The course fee should be paid in advance by demand draft/cheque in the name of CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT. (Add Rs.15 for all non-Delhi cheques)

Please complete the registration form (below), and email to kiran@cseindia.org   with cc to india.environment.portal@gmail.com , kirandwi@gmail.com

OR post / fax the registration form (appended below) to CSE  (Fax: +91 (011) 29955879)



For information contact:

Kiran Pandey
Programme Director - Knowledge Portal & Information Management
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi - 62
Phone: +91 (011) 29955124/125 (Ext. 287)
Mob: 9968767698
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879
Email:  kirandwi@gmail.com, kiran@cseindia.org

Selection will be done on first come first served basis






I think the course would be relevant to any organisation, not those just connected with environment. It is important for all of us to gain control of all our resources, to be aware and proud of organizational resources.

Namita Dipak, LPPS,
New Delhi


This course is informative and useful in terms of skill development as well as performance development of the organisation. Sessions like organizing information, audio visual resources can be used at personal level as well as organizational level.

Bindeshwary Rai,
National Knowledge Commission


I am satisfied to be part of this workshop, as it sensitized me and took me to the world of digital sources.

Eliza Mallick,
Rural Water Supply & Sanitation, Bhubaneswar


Training is relevant and useful in this fast moving digital age. The sessions were great and now I have a clear picture of digital resource centre. At organizational level, it is good for gathering, organizing, managing and disseminating quality information to the right person at the right time.

Siman Hansdak,
B.I.R.S.A Mines Monitoring Centre, Ranchi, Jharkhand


The workshop is a sincere, practical, down to earth attempt to find solutions to the problems faced by every organisation in managing information.

Saumitra Chattopadhyay,
Damodar Valley Corporation, Kolkata


I would term this training programme “Tailor Made and Useful” for every resource centre.

G Ganesh,
CPCB, New Delhi

I am satisfied to be part of this workshop, as it sensitized me and took me to the world of digital sources. I can say am INFORMED!!with good and easy, yet sophisticated technology CSE’s workshop faculty introduced me to. “THESAURUS” was a great idea; Megha Prakash; Trainee.

Vaidya Chandra Prakash,
Cancer Research Foundation, Dehradun


A useful overview of digital world to manage the information systems.

Anita Gujarati,
Centre for Alternative Dalit Media, Delhi


Learned some new features of website management. We are developing our organizations website. Will see that it meets all the standards of a good website.

Shivkumar Sharma,
Sense International (India), Ahmedabad


It was the most informative and interesting training I’ve attended. The effort was not to propagate CSE but an honest attempt to share its experiences. You are the most professional and passionate organization.

Tanu Chhabra,
Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, New Delhi


I am currently in the process of educating myself in Agriculture, low cost input farming & traditional knowledge. So for documenting my travels, my findings, research your course is most handy. Your course was most STIMULATING, INTERESTING, PROFESSIONAL, had the right impact of broadening my knowledge base.

Sangita Sharma,
Crazy Organics, Bangalore


This is a course from which a fresher and even an experienced person can benefit from, because it covers all corners/concepts of information management and dissemination. This is based on experience in this field, which makes the information more credible.

Geetha Nambiar,
New Delhi


This programme is good for people involved in the collection of information, classification and documenting the same to reach the end-user for better results.

Dr M Kalyanasundaram,
Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry


The prime objective of the course was Experience Sharing to enhance Information Management. And frankly, nothing works better than that. CSE’s vast experience, its expertise in the field has provided with adequate “Food for thought” and the necessary guidelines that I sought to establish a documentation centre. The course was a wonderful learning experience for me.

Praveena Sanjay,
World Institute of Sustainable Energy; Pune



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