Add MTP project maps and lists to your Web site: make your research more visible

posted Jul 27, 2010, 2:21 AM by   [ updated Jul 28, 2010, 5:53 AM ]
It is now possible to reuse, embed and query the MTP data and maps in Web sites and online applications.

We hope this is good news for Web, communications and information managers as well as anybody with a role in web publishing in the CGIAR.

All you need to do is  generate codes to embed maps and lists and custom RSS feeds for each MTP period.

Instructions on how to do this are available on
the ICT Infopoint in Add CGMap Projects to Your Center/CP's Web Site

In practice, it means that a map or a list of your Center or Program MTP projects can be easily embedded in any Web page or application, both on the public Web or on an Intranet.

The MTP project information submitted to CGMap can therefore be reused and travel more easily to serve your communications purposes, in a cost-effective way, i.e. no need to reproduce a project database for the Center's Web site.

We invite you to let the communications, information and Web specialists in your Center or Program know about the possibility of reusing key project information on your Web properties.

Which MTP projects are available now?

MTPs 2009-2011 and 2010-2012 are available for reuse and mashup.

The Centers and Programs which are submitting their MTP 2011-2013 will have the possibility of adding up-to-date project maps or lists to their sites as soon as the CGMap database is updated by the end of August.

Example: three steps to embedding a map of a Center's MTP: 1. customize: pick your criteria and settings; 2. check and interact with the preview; 3. copy the HTML code to be inserted in any Web page.

An advanced option for reusing the project database is to use the XML exports in RSS and GeoRSS feed format. This allows a tighter integration and customised reuse in content management systems and applications, such as building your own maps, filtering lists by specific criteria. Downloadable code and exports can be found under the Custom - Code samples tab.

For any additional query on how to make the most of reusable CGMap project data, please contact