Adding Biographical Information

This information about adding your own biographical information is also found in the attachment at the bottom.
To: All AIRS Team Members Date: June 21, 2009
From: Annabel Cohen, AIRS Project Director
Re: Steps to creating biographical information that will be automatically available to the AIRS research group and saved directly in the AIRS Web-site or Virtual Research Environment (VRE). Find it at http://demoblade9.vre.upei/airs
To make the most of the time of the Start-up Meeting it will be helpful for the AIRS Team Members to have some familiarity with the backgrounds and interests of others on the team. The members may already know a number of others, but there are likely key people who are new colleagues. To facilitate this process, it will be helpful if each person can provide information about him- or herself through the AIRS web-site or VRE. If you have created an account already, you have already done some of this.
1. Go the AIRS web-site, a virtual research environment (VRE)
What distinguishes this from a regular web-site is that users can post information. In the present case you will be asked to post information about yourself.
2. If you have already created an account (most AIRS researchers have), then log in. If you don’t have your password handy, go through the usual steps of obtaining a new password. I believe this process has become more straightforward over the last months. If there are problems, let me know or let Grant Johnson know ( who is the Library Systems Manager and has been assisting with the VRE’s at UPEI. Once you are logged in, go to 4 below.
3. If you have not previously created an account, then do so. If you think you have but are not sure you can create a new account, and the old one can be removed. If the program does not let you do this because of the same e-mail address, at least you will know you have an account, and can then get the password. In creating a new account, you will be asked for information about yourself (see 5 below). Please be as complete as possible. The questions asked are at 5. Go to 5 now:
4. Go to the menu at the bottom right of your home page
  • Select “My Account”
  • You will see a screen with your user name at the top, and below it some menu items
  • Click “Edit”
  • Look below and you can add a photo if you wish
    • Click “Upload a picture”. It seems to want a file ending in *.jpg.
    • Be sure to hit “submit” at the bottom whenever you want to store something.
  • You need to give your password twice (once a confirmation) – you will see where to type it in
  • Go back to the top and click “User information”
    • Here are the empty frames for your information. You can copy and paste something you already have, or something you make up especially, or just type right into the box. Be sure to click “submit” at the bottom of the page (scroll down) in order to save what you have typed.

5. Below is the information that you will be asked to provide. Some of it has been previously been requested, but we have since asked for more specific information.

  • Your full name
  • Your research interests
  • Your affiliation (e.g., Department of a University)
  • Your full address ( for sending correspondence)
  • Your professional background, e.g., degrees from various institutions and dates if you wish; other qualifications including past and present appointments and responsibilities. You may already have a bio that you can copy and paste into this.
  • Your Research interests relevant to AIRS – this may be general and/or specific. You can identify specific research themes of AIRS
    • 1. Development
    • 2. Education
    • 3. Well-being.

To help you with this, I am providing access to a draft of the milestone document which outlines briefly the goals of the themes. Do not be alarmed if you do not see your name on this document. It will be there before the document is submitted, somewhere on pp. 8 and 9.

As well, do not be alarmed if your name is associated with a sub-theme that you feel is not the most appropriate. This can be changed. Please let me know.

Potential contributions to AIRS
Expected benefit from the AIRS collaboration
You can change any of this information at any time by going through the steps above 1, 2, 4.
6. The next step is to be able to find the information that people have deposited about themselves.
  • Go back to the bottom right hand menu (where you found “my account” before”.
  • Click on “Group”
  • You will see a list of groups come up, or perhaps only one group.
    • Look at Project Members group. There is a number there, e.g., 82
    • Click on the number.
    • Now you will see the users names of the members. Hopefully these are linked to the members names in an obvious way (I am trying to get the actual name of the person listed, rather than the username).
    • If you click on any name, you will see the corresponding profile.



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