PEACE Programmes Learning Platform FAQs

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The PEACE Programmes Learning Platform includes information for all four phases of the EU funded PEACE Programme.  The Platform will continue to evolve over the coming years, with the inclusion of new projects funded under the PEACE PLUS Programme.  Information includes:

  • PEACE I Programme (1995-1999):
  • Information from 1994 relating to the evolution and planning stages for the PEACE I Programme.
  • Almost all PEACE I documentation has been located and scanned from hard-copy materials held in the archive where no digital copy exists. Such documents have been digitised for use and are fully searchable.
  • PEACE II Programme (2000–2004) and PEACE II Extension (2004–2006):
  • Some of the PEACE II documentation has been located from hard-copy; information held in archive where no digital copy exists. These materials; have been digitised and are fully searchable.
  • PEACE III Programme (2007-2013)
  • PEACE IV Programme (2014-2020)

The PEACE Platform includes reports, briefing papers, academic research, evaluations, good practice handbooks, newsletters, press and promotional information, case studies, videos and audio recordings as well as our Lead Partner Interactive Map. 

It is important to note that the Peace Platform is not a static system, it is dynamic and evolving – meaning that users, including the SEUPB and past projects, can; upload content to enhance the repository over time.  We also invite projects to submit their details for inclusion within the Lead Partner Interactive Map.  Please contact PeacePlatform@seupb.eu for further details of how to submit your details for inclusion within the map.

The Platform holds a range of documentation and media. The PEACE Programmes Learning Platform is designed to provide as much access to content as legally possible. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching; access. 

Users of the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform can use any search term belonging to the; word or phrase of the entire collection. 

 

The category listing of ‘Documents’ is as follows (not in any order of importance/priority): 

Classification of Documents

Sub Classification

European Union

Regulations

Policy/Strategy

Reports

Guidance Documents

Audits – EU; C&AG; European Court of Auditors

Ex-Post Programme Evaluations

Government

Treaties

Policy/Strategy

Legislation / Government Acts / Amendments / Letters of; Understanding

Minutes of Committees / Hansard Record

Impact Reports

SEUPB Corporate Documentation

Annual Reports & Accounts

Business Plans & Corporate Plans

Equality Reports

Audits – EC Audits; C&AG audits; European Court of; Auditors

SEUPB Programme Documentation

Operational Programmes / Cooperation Programmes (OPs / CPs)

Consultation Documents

Citizen Summaries

Programme Evaluations

Impact Reports: Distinctiveness, Equality, Environmental,; Economic

Programme Closure Reports

Programme Guidance Notes

Programme Rules / Standards / Codes of Conduct

Programme Information

Newsletters (e.g. YourEU)

Monitoring Reports

Annual Implementation Reports (AIR)

Monitoring Committee Documents

Steering Committee Documents

Project Assessments

Letters of Offer

Attitudinal Surveys

Community Uptake Analyses

Perception Awareness Surveys

Implementation Bodies

List of Implementation Bodies for each Programme

Implementing Body Annual Reports

Implementing Body Project Listings

Implementing Body Guidance Notes for Applicants

Implementing Body Local Action Plan (LAP) 

Funded Projects

Listings of projects funded

Project Applications

Project Plans (Local Action Plans; Project Business Plans)

Project Evaluations

Project Newsletters

Project Case Study

Research

Academic Research (e.g. PhD, Masters Dissertations)

Research: Articles; Papers; Books

Conferences – papers, reports, proceedings

Media/Promotional Material

 

SEUPB Press Releases

SEUPB Promotional Resource

SEUPB Press Clippings

Project Promotional Resource

Project Press Clipping

Project Photographs

Programme Media Files (Videos & Audio)

Project Media Files (Videos & Audio)

 

Documents (including case studies) and Media; have been themed to help Users with their search criteria. The Theme and Stakeholder listings used to catalogue are as follows, not in order of; importance / priority:

Important to note that documents may have a wide range of themes/stakeholder; groupings associated with them. The cataloguing process aims to identify and attribute the primary theme/stakeholder grouping against each document to; improve the search functionality, although this is subjective, and others may; categorise differently. It is not supposed to be an exact classification; exercise but simply used as a means of helping Users to find or source; documents. The open search function will ensure that Users can gain access to; all documents.

 

Primary Theme – categories:

·         All; Themes

·         Community; Development - Capacity Building

·         Community; Development - Community Arts

·         Community; Development - Community Safety

·         Community; Development - Interfaces

·         Cross Border; Co-operation

·         Cultural; Diversity

·         Economic; Renewal - Business Development

·         Economic; Renewal - Reimaging Communities

·         Economic; Renewal - Rural Development

·         Economic; Renewal - Tourism

·         Economic; Renewal - Urban & Rural Development

·         Economic; Renewal - Urban Development

·         Education |; Training | Employment

·         Good; Relations

·         Health & Well-being

·         Shared; education

·         Shared; Space

·         Social; Inclusion

·         Sport

Stakeholder – categories:

·         All; Stakeholders

·         Churches & Faith based Groups

·         Community & Voluntary

·         Councils

·         Early Years & CYP

·         Ex-prisoners | Ex-combatants

·         Minority; groupings

·         Victims & Survivors

·         Women Young; Adults (14-25yrs)

 

 

The search facility within The PEACE Programmes Learning Platform is very feature rich.  A site wide search exists in the banner of each page and this can be used to search keywords or phrases across the site either for a specific word or for a phrase - if entered within quotes e.g.: "Shared Education".  These searches will bring back a high level view of results - how many Projects, Reports, and elements of media that match that key word or phrase.

In addition, within the Learning tab the user is presented with a variety of ways to search and navigate through the data.  For example, Users can view the following:

  • List of documents and media, allowing the user to scroll through, click and read | review.
  • Icons showing thumbnails of documents (and media), which; allows the user to click and read | review.
  • Descriptive content and thumbnail of document | media (Title, author, publication date, PEACE Phase).

A user can search bibliographic; fields for example, Title, Author, Publication Date, through the primary catalogue search box on the Reports Search Learning Page.

This option also allows the user to view documents by PEACE Phase (see 1 above), Document Classification (see above), Theme | Stakeholder (see above), size and download. 

Title:                                   Users can sort documents alphabetically by title.

PEACE Phase:                   Users can sort documents by the PEACE Programme Phase i.e. PEACE I, PEACE II, PEACE III or PEACE IV.

Document Classification:   Users can sort documents by; Classification.

Theme | Stakeholder:         Users can; sort documents by Themes and Stakeholders.

Publication Date:                Users can sort documents by publication date.

Size:                                   Users can sort documents by how much disk space they use.

Downloads:                        Users can sort documents by the number of times they were downloaded.

Other types of search include: 

  • Full-text Search: Use keywords to search the full text of; ALL documents held within the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform.
  • Themes | Stakeholder Search: Search inside the collection; of materials that have been created (see further details above).
  • Single-volume Search: When viewing a document, use keywords; to search inside that volume alone, for example ‘case study’. Once a document has been selected, users can click on the document to readit and scroll through the pages.  All documents and reports are fully searchable. 

Multiple search words can be used and where these occur more frequently it will produce a better match. 

An entire phrase can be entered within the subsections (Reports, Projects, Media searches) too by using double quotes e.g.  "Shared Education" - in this case only the entire phrase will be matches.  

Boolean operations can also be used, but must be in capitals, e.g. Tyrone AND Donegal, or Newry OR Dundalk.  

NOTE: Every field where data may be entered for search purposes, has a question mark[?] icon.  When the mouse pointer hovers over this or it is tapped on a mobile device, a short contextual help box is provided for that field. 

  • The majority of documents on the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform have been digitised and OCR enabled.
  • Please note that PEACE I and PEACE II records were created by scanning documents and books as image files and OCR was enabled using automated; processes, and as a result these materials can contain errors. There are a small number of documents that may not contain any OCR.  These are usually handwritten transcripts / visual materials that cannot be OCRed.

This message is displayed in the following cases:

  • Pages were missing from the library’s print copy. If a document appears to have a missing page, this generally means that two pages are missing, since publishers generally print on both sides of the page.  So, if pages 41-42 of a document are missing, there should be two pages with the message “Page not available” between pages 41 and 42.
  • One or more pages were not scanned as they were missing from the original hard copy.

The majority of the documents and media in the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform are in English with around 2% in the Irish Language and Ulster Scots. For non-English language materials we have not implemented a browser mark-up that tells assistive technology the language of the book.  Users may have to manually switch the language in their screen reader to correctly translate and read the text.

Please contact us by email @ peaceplatform@seupb.com to report any problems encountered.

Unfortunately, any problems found within PEACE I or PEACE II documents may not be able to be resolved as these are the best; quality scanned copies available. 

Users who have set up an account can add additional information by selecting the Contribute function under the Collaboration heading.  This menu is only visible when registered users logged in.  Selecting "Contribute" will bring the user to a form enabling them to describe recommended content or updates and point the SEUPB to the location of additional materials for consideration for inclusion on the platform. The SEUPB will review the information and contact the user directly. 

The map on the Dashboard of the Learning tab shows an overview of Lead Partner locations.  The clusters of Lead Partner locations can be zoomed in on this map, but this map is intended for the purpose of overview only.  For more detail, a user can view specific Lead Partner locations in response to their project queries within the Query feature under the learning tab.

To date, only Lead Partner addresses for PEACE II, III and IV are used to generate geographical designations on the Platform’s map. It should be noted that the scope of project activity extends beyond the locations listed or may be based in a different location. Where provided, project description summaries and case-studies give further context as to the nature and scope of project activity.

The PEACE Platform is a dynamic, evolving repository. We very much welcome your assistance in making this map feature more reflective of all the locations where PEACE Programmes have had an impact. Should you wish to submit project partner address details to be added to the map, please email peaceplatform@seupb.eu

How to Use

The PEACE Programmes Learning Platform aims to provide accessible information.  We meet the following web accessibility guidelines

Note that while we have done our best to make the Platform accessible, the documents were created through methods and in formats that may not meet the needs of all users. We have provided information below about the accessibility; of the content in the Learning Library.

Members of the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform can download documents in their entirety. From the Home page, users can navigate to any of the documents in the Learning Library.

PDF files that are downloaded from the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform contain the OCR; text embedded within the file.  Users can extract the OCR text using PDF; reader software such as Adobe Reader.

Select the report you are interested in and either view it in the live viewer within the web page or download the report to your local drive. 

Once it is displayed use the + and – symbols at the top of the viewer to control the magnification of the text to your desired size.

Reports can be viewed within an embedded viewer, either in the report search page as an overview or in each report’s details page. 

The embedded report viewer allows the user to zoom in or out of the page.  In addition every report can be downloaded and viewed in the users own PDF viewer in full screen by selecting the full screen button.

An anonymous visitor to the site can access all of the content on the site mentioned above for the Learning Platform, Timeline, Story of PEACE and home page.

A user can register for an account to:

  • Use the contact request functionality
  • Download PDFs and Media for review. 
  • Contribute additional content or suggestions to the Peace Programmes Learning Platform
  • Provide additional information for a project they’re associated with, if applicable.

There are different User types:

  • Basic User (e.g. Students, Citizens)
  • Funded Project Lead Partner
  • Funded Project Partners
  • Previously Funded Project Members

Collaboration is a key feature of the PEACE Platform. As a dynamic, evolving repository, we encourage and greatly appreciate your help in enriching the Platform's content. We have created a simple form template to enable users to contact us with information they wish to submit to the Platform. This form can be accessed by setting up an account, and selecting the 'Collaborate' feature, followed by the 'Contribute' button. This form will then be sent to SEUPB staff, who will review. We may contact you to further discuss your contribution to the Platform. We also welcome the use of this feature for the submission of project locations for the PEACE Platform Map. Details for how to submit are also available in the map section. 

Over the coming months, we will continue to create new additions within the 'Collaborate' feature. This will include the ability to further collaborate with the platform, communicate with other users, as well as share ideas and learnings via a user forum. We will contact users with further details in due course. 

 

 

Contact

The SEUPB is interested in user feedback and in collecting suggestions for improving the repository.  Please submit your comments to peaceplatform@seupb.eu

If you would like to raise a complaint on any aspect of the PEACE Programmes Learning Platform, please contact us directly at peaceplatform@seupb.eu

If you would like any information/data contained within the Platform to be removed or amended, please contact us using the email address above also.  

Any data deleted from the Platform will be done in accordance with the SEUPB’s Privacy Notice. Data requested for deletion will however, only be deleted if the data subject's request would not prevent or seriously impair the processing purposes of the Platform in the public interest.

Data deletion will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with appropriate legislation after the data subject has contacted the SEUPB. Upon receipt of a complaint SEUPB will ‘hide’ the relevant data from the Platform while the matter is reviewed. If the SEUPB agrees to delete the requested data, it will be done so, in accordance with the terms of the SEUPB’s Privacy Notice and after considering the individual request from the data subject.

For any user with an account who is logged in, they can request contact details for any project within the Project’s view details page.