Join STERNA and share your content with a global community of bird lovers
Link your resources to a pool of bird-related information
STERNA is a distinct web resource on birds. The contributing organisations are well-known and acknowledged representatives in the field of natural history, biodiversity and conservation. By linking your resources to the growing pool of content, you contribute to creating a unique and highly attractive digital library that harbours many unexpected and surprising aspects for users interested in birds.
Work in a peer network
STERNA is mainly about networking and cooperating. The participating content providers are connected technically, by setting up a peer-to-peer network, and organisationally, by fostering collaboration between the participating members. Working in the STERNA environment, you can contribute your own resources, while also making use of the resources of the other members. You work together in enriching content and can consult with the participating members on how to deliver the best results.
Attract more visitors and reach broader audiences
You can offer the STERNA search function on your own web site via an Application Programming Interface (API). Thus, users can search STERNA directly from your website. By offering the search functionality on your own site, you can also present other partners’ content on your own site, which may increase the attractiveness of your site especially for return visitors.
Make search queries for users more effective
Using STERNA, users can carry out searches across all the participating member sites simultaneously. They can start queries using common concepts and bird names, and do not need to know the expert term to discover relevant content. Thus, laypersons and non-expert users gain access to content normally reserved to professionals. By issuing queries in their native language, users receive relevant content from any of the member sites, even if the resources are in a different language. Finally, advanced navigation tools such as facet navigation allows your audiences to discover relevant web content much more efficiently.
Current STERNA members emphasised that participating in STERNA significantly improved the skills of their own personnel. Working with established standards to ensure interoperability, getting acquainted with semantic web standards like SKOS and RDF, as well as the overall benefit of exchanging knowledge with the experienced staff of larger organisations has helped the network members to raise their in-house skills and competencies.
STERNA will also contribute data to Europeana, the European digital library flagship project. Thus, your content will also be available via the largest European digital library portal.
There are several ways to connect to the STERNA network. To find out the best and most efficient way for your organisation, we need to evaluate the content you plan to contribute. We therefore need a sample set of your data. For this purpose, we have created a template for content selection and analysis. Please fill out the template and send it to NCB Naturalis. We will evaluate your data and contact you with suggestions on how to best connect to the STERNA environment. Please note: The focus is strictly on bird-related content!
Download the template for content selection and analysis.
The RNA toolset™ is available at: http://sternax.rnatoolset.net (Login required)
The online manual for the RNA Toolset™ can be accessed at: http://manual.rnatoolset.net/ (Login required)